Model: 12″ Quick Change Engine Lathe
I purchased this lathe from a gentleman in Lodi, CA who’s father originally had and used the lathe. It is thought to have come from a factory in Lodi that made ‘re-treads’ for tires in the 50′s. I am going to use this lathe to make and repair parts for my wood working machines.
The machine sits on the cast iron ‘special legs’ and has the rarer gear box that lets you change the lead screw feed speed easily. I believe it is one of if not the most robust machine that the company made. It has the distinct handwheels instead of the normal ‘faucet’ handles which also stands out.
It is in good running condition with a 3 horse 3 phase motor running to a jackshaft/truck transmission. I plan on doing away with this setup and going to a flat belt step pulley mounted above the machine from the wall.
The lathe came with a few cutters, a 12″ 3-jaw chuck, a tapering attachment, lantern style tool stand and the original adjustment wrenches. It also has a cross feed stop. The overall machine width counting the gearbox is around 80″, much larger than I thought.
Update 2012 — I no longer own this machine.