Craftsman 109 Metal Lathe
This is an old Craftsman lathe that was beautifully restored by the eBay seller from whom I bought it a couple of months ago. The pictures are those he took for that auction. It has become clear that at this moment in my life I don't have time to learn to use it, and it will be several years before I do. No point in leaving it sitting around. I have not used it at all, so it is still in exactly the condition you find in the pictures.
The auction I won previously is #110893763166. I suggest you look there for full details of the extensive restoration work that was done.
Here are some important and helpful quotations from the previous seller's description:
- The ways and all sliding surfaces have been cleaned and polished without the use of abrasives.
- I wanted to carry the ‘brass against red’ color scheme wherever possible.To that end, the body of the original Dunlap Motor was replaced with one I made out of Brass, as was the metal plate that covers the electrical connections on the motor. Also, the screws used to adjust position of the tailstock were replaced with knurled brass thumbscrews. Additionally, I created a guard out of brass to protect the gear-plate, where the forward/reverse lever screws down. The metal plate with the model number and the metal threading chart are original. They were removed prior to re-painting the machine and re-installed after.
- The original pulley was garbage and broke. The 4-step pulley that is on there now is not the right size exactly but the motor can shift on its mount enough to make use of it.
- The base board and motor-mount are included. The cross-beams running under the board add a great deal of rigidity to the platform.
- It is very fidgety to get set up right and will require an aftermarket spindle if you want it to ever be as strong a performer as a Sherline or other similar sized lathes.
- That said, it is packed with features such as a reversible power-feed and the ability to cut threads. My set of gears is incomplete but includes 2x 20 tooth, 1x 24 tooth, 1x 48 tooth, and 2x 64 tooth. There are a couple of thread pitches that can be cut with the available gears (18 TPI that I’m sure of) and more importantly to me it can be set up for an ultra fine feed that makes a nice finishing pass if you have the time for it.
- It’s designed to be a hobby lathe and for that it makes a great choice.
Feel free to ask any questions you have and I'll do my best to answer them. Thanks for looking and bidding!