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    Help... I need to ID this lathe fast...I might buy it!

    I just went to look at a lathe a guy has for sale near me. I could not find a model number anywhere. It only has a Rockwell emblem on the front. From spindle to bed gap bottom is 8". It is varible speed and 120 volts. #2 morse taper. He was asking $450.00 but He said if I took it tonight he would take $325.00. Is this worth 325.00? It looks alot like this one.
    I found this photo online. It is model 46-450.

    Any advise...god or bad?

    Tom
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    I would say that it is not worth the time or money if you plan to turn bowls. If all you plan to turn is spindles, then it will make you a great lathe. But for bowls, there are mini lathes that will turn larger bowls than this lathe will turn.
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    Really Doug? It is 8" from spindle to bed so that would do a 16" bowl.

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    But Tom isn't that in the gap? That may get you a 16" platter but remember bowls stick out further than the gap so measure from the bed to the spindle. You are probably talking a 11 3/4" bowl. I am guessing it is 6" from the bed to the middle of the spindle.
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    Tom, those old Rockwells were workhorses, and often used in school shops. It has a Reeves drive variable speed, but they are good strong machines.

    From the picture, it looks like it's missing the handwheel on the tailstock, but that shouldn't be impossible to fix or replace. It may not be an ideal bowl lathe, but for $325, I'd jump on it. It'll turn a lot of good stuff, and that's about what I paid for a used Sears lathe a few years ago. (And I got my money back a year later when I sold it and upgraded.)
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    Vaughn...the photo was one I just found online that looks like the one that I saw today. I could not find a model number on the one I looked at.
    Yes Bernie,/Doug...I guess your right...it is "in the bed gap that is 8" so probably just 6 at the bed.

    I guess what I'm trying to decide is if this would be $325.00 better than the craftsman lathe that I have now?

    Tom

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    At least it has a real bed.
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    Doug, that is true. It also has a #2 morse taper instead of a #1. Does that matter much? It also has both a right and left spindle...so if I did want to do a real large bowl, it could be mounted outboard.

    Tom
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    For that price if it runs good & the major items are there I'd buy it. You can get rests & other misc. items.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baugues View Post
    Doug, that is true. It also has a #2 morse taper instead of a #1. Does that matter much? ...
    It helps a lot, since most other lathes you would potentially upgrade to will have a #2 taper. Any Morse tapered parts you use on this one would be usable down the road on the next lathe.
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