For two weeks I've been studying lathes with a certain methodical approach.. Having made the decision to go with older American iron versus the asian variety I've been perusing Yahoo Groups, CNC Zone, Practical Machinist, MMS, E-Bay, reseller sites and was determined that a Clausing / South Bend / Harrison would come up in the 12x36 to 13x40 range wihin my meager budget if I were to exercise a bit of patience.. Just a little bit of patience was all I needed..
Then earlier in the week I did a search for Clausing lathe and there it was. A 13x36 lathe with a "Buy it Now" only 300 miles from my home..
Two weeks of patience and restraint gone out the window in 18 seconds (or whatever the flash in the pan amount of time it takes to commit) as I had to act at that second to secure my great deal.. It's as if I was overcome by some other force than my own will.
Not so smart!
It is older American Iron.. That's for sure.. I have no idea what is was that I just bought.. None.. Probably safe to say that newer machinery was used to build WWII planes and tanks.
In my "buy it now" state of drunkeness I didn't look a the year, model or anything else... Again, not so bright..
Any ideas on what this is that I'll be bringing home in the next week.. Picture below..
Mid '50's to maybe late 60's. Don't let that frighten you. They are excellent iron..Depends on how it has been maintained, abused, etc.
Leval the lathe correctly ! Your owner manual will explain step by step.
Lubricate correctly. Do not start and run unless your certain all areas are lubed and cases are filled with the correct lube.Could be a disaster.
Did you score any tooling with the machine ? Taper attachment ?
Good luck on your new purchase, if it is just not wore plum out, will give you a good place to start.Really, a manual lathe is only as good as the operator and his knowledge any way, just tecnique, set up ( and use dial indicators!)
A Taper attachment would be a challenge for a very experianced machinest,especially if that lathe never had one...not impossible, just challenging.
It looks like from the pictures there is a tool post on it.My suggestion would be to contact ENCO @ 800-873-3626 or MSC and get their catalogues.Do not spend any $$ on expensive tooling untill the machine is set, and running and you know every thing works.
All the quick change tool post for a 13-15" lathe should fit. You might have to fabricate or change the base that attaches to the machine, but that is a simple job.
Were there manuals included ? You can do an internet search or even E Bomb and get copies of manuals for the machine.Just invaluable for set up, and parts if needed.