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Old Iron

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by willyswanter, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. willyswanter

    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    It's a biggun. 18x72 American Tool Works engine lathe. Makes my Clausing 12x36 look like a toy. This puppy was built in 1903 and built to last. I love it, it's so quiet and tight it's unbelievable. Also got a ton of tools and tooling with it, all for $1200 :eek1:

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    Real nice! Its amazing how old tolls fromt eh early part of the centruy make new stuff look like a pile of crap. Nice find and great deal!:D
     
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    is that your home shop??if so im drooling right now!!!
     
  4. willyswanter

    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Yes, it's my current one. I'm building a new 45x35 at my new house though.
     
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    man that is cool!! I dig old machine tools, what a classic. its amazing how long there has actually been precision machine work in history. part of why I love being a machinist myself, I have alot of pride in my career heritage. I love it when I meet old timers who were machinist's way back in the 20's, 30's and 40's, those guys are so interesting to talk to.

    my brothers neighbor is like 94 and was a machinist all his life, he still has a small really old lathe in his garage today, but he's too old and does not use it anymore. he gave me a 25 lb. anvil once that he said he had for atleast 30+ years, said it was old when he got it. it had been sitting in his yard for 10 years, one day I went to visit my bro and he and I were talking to Earl the neighbor about machining and he said I could have that anvil over there in his yard. I still have it, and will til I die, then my boy will get it.
     
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    Awesome! Man, machine tools, new or old (I prefer old "they don't make 'em like they used to" applies) are friggin great! Good score!

    So, umm, whatcha gonna do with the clausing???:wink1:
     
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    Sweet, I love all the old tools too. Heck the Black and Decker variable speed jigsaw I got when my grandpa died. That baby looks primative and will run all day long over a newer one my buddy has.


    Its weird how the fit and finish on old stuff is generally way better then new stuff too.
     
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    I think its a pre requisite that every machinist has a cigar box box in their tool box :D

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    man alive that is an impressive piece of machine!

    whats it run on?
     
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    thats awsome
     
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    mofugly13 1 ton bucket of rust Premium Member

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    Whats that homebrew lever/cable contraption at the headstock end do?
     

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