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    Atlas Lathe? - It's in the shop!

    In today's paper, there an Atlas lathe for sale. Guy says it's a 12 X 36, with cast iron ways, on a metal stand. That's about all he knows about it.

    Can anyone tell me anything more?

    I may be going to look at it tomorrow.

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    Does it 'pulse'?
    Sorry. Couldn't resist.
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    jim i believe its a small metal lathe,, sweet machines for small metal work.. built like a brick house..
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    Larry is correct. Old metal with a large flywheel, but very popular. Was made for and sold by Sears in most cases. Any tooling/gears included?

    I think there is a company that still sells parts for them. Many times the lead screw's mount is broke on the tail end from someone running the carriage down to far, but it's an easy fix with the new part.
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    Not all were metal lathes. They also made wood lathes:

    http://www.lathes.co.uk/atlaswood/index.html

    Depending on the price, it could be a good basic spindle lathe. Built like tools used to be built. Thick and heavy. The thread on the spindle might be a little unusual these days, but you should still be able to work with it.

    If you check it out Jim, look for obvious slack or play in the spindle bearings, smooth operation of the tailstock quill, and any cracks in the cast iron. Beyond that, most everything else can be fixed or replaced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    jim i believe its a small metal lathe,, sweet machines for small metal work.. built like a brick house..
    No, it's a wood lathe. I used to have a little 6" QAtlas metal lathe - traded it for the 9" South Bend that I have now.

    This one is definitely only a WOOD lathe. Over at OWWM, I found references - and a manual - for an Atlas Model 7122 Wood Lathe that pretty much fits the description. Kinda looks like a 1960's Delta lathe.
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    I concur - that HAS to be a wood lathe. I don't believe there were ever any Atlas metal lathes made anywhere near 12x36... that'd have been a pretty large metal lathe.
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    Looked at the lathe this morning, and didn't see where I could go too far wrong. Cast iron bed, ball bearings, and everything is tight - no play in the headstock. #2 Morse tapers in Head & tail stocks. Has an indexer on the headstock. $125.00 brought it home.

    Now, can ayone tell me where to get a 1 inch by 10 TPI adapter for my Nova chuck?
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    Looks good Jim, that low speed's a little high for bowls but it'll be fine for spindles.
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