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    Default Craftsman 6 X 18 Metal Lathe Part Needed

    This past weekent I found a old Craftsman 6"X18" metal lathe (Model 10121200) at a garage sale for $5. My buy of the year.

    It was disassembeled in a wooden crate, about three hours later and lots of wire brushing and oiling it was assembeled.

    The only problem is that the tail stock piece that is under the bed is broken and half missing. This is the part that pulls up against the bed and holds the tailstock in place.

    Does anyone know where I might be able to find this piece.

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    When you learn not to throw out old junk and keep your basement so darn tidy, you would just find a suitable piece of steel junk. Then an hour of work with a hacksaw, file and drill would greet you with the part you want.

    Usually it just looks like this:

    .....V-- Drill hole here.
    __----__
    I_______I



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    Well ESjaavik I agree with you.

    However I moved to Tucson AZ three months from Austin TX and had to dump a lot of things I had been saving for the past 16 years (to keep peace in the family). You know the things you donít need until you throw them away. And haven't accumulated any stuff yet.

    Thanks for the tip. I do have half of the casting and could figure it out from that. Will probably have to make it out of two or three pieces of metal as I donít have a shaper to cut it out of one piece.

    Hager



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    You will need to go back to the garage sale and buy the milling machine for another $5.00.

    Eric

    I wish it wouldn't crash.


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    Mr. Chips,
    Great purchase! I just happen to have the same lathe! Mine is in great working condition, and I have the Manual for the lathe. I will check when I get home as to the exact model that I have but if the parts list or manual would help you out I would be happy to scan it and send you the pdf! I want to say that my lathe which looks exactly like the one you have was manufactured in the 50's and is an Atlas which you can still find parts for. I have kept mine for sentimental reasons, it belonged to my dad and he had it in an old wooden desk, with the drawers lined with foam where all the tooling is kept. I use it, mostly for turning dowels, odds and ends. I have thought of parting with it for the room, and maybe to someone who would actually use it more (I have another one so there is no real reason to keep other than the memories of my old man working on it) than I do. Anyway, I will check on the model number and I would be more than happy to copy the manual for you if you would like!

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    Mr. Chips,
    Yepper! I have the same model you do! Like I said, I have the origional Owners Manual and if you need some part numbers out of it, just let me know. If you want me to, and have some time, I will be willing to copy if for you. Just let me know.

    Good Luck,
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    Mr Chips,

    Throw a coat of paint on that bad boy. Does it run?

    I wish it wouldn't crash.


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    Eric:
    I would go as high as $10 for a good milling machine, and believe my I am looking. And Dreaming, Ha Ha Sometime dreams come true.
    When I worked in Camarillo CA it was common to see a working Bridgeport for under $200 sold as company surplus. But before CNC I didn't need metal working equipment.

    Glen:
    If you could do that it would be sincereely appreciated.

    Regards,

    Hager Hay



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    Mr. Chips,
    I dug the manual out tonight, I will try to get it copied or scanned in the next day or so. As soon as I do we can figure out how to get it too you.
    Regards,
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    Thanks Glen.

    Eric:
    Everything is free and moving. Plugged the motor in and the forward/Off/Reverse switch and motor work. I Know, I Know. I'll never do any more If I spin the motors until it is done, but I couldn't wait. Besides I will be out of town until mid Nov, and I had to know.
    One CNCZone Gold Member has contacted me privately (I wonít mention his name as he didnít post in this thread) and said he has a replacement piece and is sending it to me. Just another example of the caliber of people that hang out here.

    Hager Hay



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    I also recently became the proud owner of an Atlas/Craftsman 6" metal lathe model 109 21270. Does anyone know a source for tool holders. I need a right, left and straight tool holder and 1/4 X 1/4 cutting tools.



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    Wow, and I thought mine was in rough shape. Good gracious. I think the ways are made from some inferior grade of steel that likes to rust easily. I oiled mine and they still rusted. At least you have all the parts though. I'm missing a chuck, motor, tailstock accessories (center, drill chuck, etc), changegears, and toolpost and the clampnut engage isn't working quite right I don't think.



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