Author Topic: Vintage 1955-59 Craftsman Metal Lathe  (Read 166 times)

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Offline Chillylulu

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Vintage 1955-59 Craftsman Metal Lathe
« on: September 09, 2017, 09:31:08 PM »
This little beauty followed me home, right in the little bed of my truck.

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Offline rustyfordgarage

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Re: Vintage 1955-59 Craftsman Metal Lathe
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 07:34:43 AM »
Looks like a nice little lathe. They are hard to find for a reasonable price around here.

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Re: Vintage 1955-59 Craftsman Metal Lathe
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 10:31:50 AM »
Looks well kept with all the manuals and extra parts. Very nice!
You might say I have a tool collecting problem....

Offline Bill Houghton

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Re: Vintage 1955-59 Craftsman Metal Lathe
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2017, 12:56:31 PM »
Sweet little critter!  Do you know who made it?  As you probably know, the model number will tell you, see http://www.vintagemachinery.org/Craftsman/manufacturers.aspx?sort=1.

Offline Uncle Buck

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Re: Vintage 1955-59 Craftsman Metal Lathe
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2017, 06:19:28 PM »
That is a AA made lathe. The weak point on that lathe is the spindle. Many of those machines end up with a bent spindle so I would offer caution against bending the spindle. When the spindle bends it bends right behind the chuck where the chuck threads to the spindle.

Enjoy your new to you machine!
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Offline JoeCB

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Re: Vintage 1955-59 Craftsman Metal Lathe
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2017, 04:33:03 PM »
Nice little lathe. That black operations manual (by Atlas Lathe Co. ) is the best all around reference for all phases of lathe work.  I always recommend that book to someone starting out in lathe work. Better that the classic South bend "How to run a lathe" booklet...imho

Joe B