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    Hi , I will need a lathe for some parts I'm thinking of doing knobs mainly some very small gears perhaps and the odd 1/16 scale wheel .. i dont want a huge lathe or pay alot if I can help I have seen this one on ebay

    Lathe

    its close to where I live and so not a problem picking it up I've been looking a while and this seems like a good deal so far.. what would you guys pay for it ?

    And I think bidding has two 'd's lol
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  2. It's a 1930's Grayson, poss as late as 1940's. The tricky bit about buying an old lathe like that is you have no idea how worn it is. You can expect some backlash in the cross slide and feed screws, and some wear on the bed. If you're lucky the spindle bearings will still be usable. Dont go more than 75 - 100, maybe 150 in really good nick. If you can, go look at it before you buy. Remember you can pick up a good secndhand modern 'Chinese' lathe for 200-300

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    Quote Originally Posted by irving2008 View Post
    It's a 1930's Grayson, poss as late as 1940's. The tricky bit about buying an old lathe like that is you have no idea how worn it is. You can expect some backlash in the cross slide and feed screws, and some wear on the bed. If you're lucky the spindle bearings will still be usable. Dont go more than 75 - 100, maybe 150 in really good nick. If you can, go look at it before you buy. Remember you can pick up a good secndhand modern 'Chinese' lathe for 200-300
    As usual irving sound advice .. what I could really do with is a micro lathe , in all honesty looking at it now it looks a little to big for what I need, but looking at the price of micro lathes on ebay and it’s as expensive or not more expensive to buy say a Clarke hobby.. Don’t know what to do .. anyway if I get it “dirt” cheap say 60 then I can see if I can make room for it. Factor in 10 for fuel .. as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Web Goblin View Post
    Yep, and right on his doorstep. The Grayson will have more power and capacity but 250 for that Sieg is a good price especially with the extra bits.

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    thanks Peter I have emailed the seller fingers crossed :)

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    Made contact going to see it tomorrow hopefully good shout :)

    Fiction is far more plausible when wrapped around a thread of truth

    Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Someone's just posted a compound slide on there for 25 now too :)

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    Well I saw and fell in love, Phil the guy who sold it has mad aload of improvements, its light enough to get on and off my bench when I dont use it , quiet and small.. sounds like my ideal women :) !
    Paid 250 and didnt barter , he through in aload of tools, gears and like i said the improvments, he had stripped the chuck and lubed it, some ally and brass bars.. I think its a bargain.. but what do I know ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fivetide View Post
    Well I saw and fell in love, Phil the guy who sold it has mad aload of improvements
    What sort of improvements, like I did ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fivetide View Post
    its light enough to get on and off my bench when I dont use it
    Yeah, and light enough to try and tip over if you put a big motor on it and get the acceleration settings wrong!
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