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    Flea Market Find

    I went to the flea market Sunday at the NM State Fairgrounds. I wasn't looking for anything in particular...just killing some time on a Sunday afternoon, and the fairgrounds are only a couple miles from my place. Long story short, this followed me home:

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    It's a Steel City 60170 mini lathe. Five manual speeds with a whopping 10" swing and 1/2 of one horse chomping at the bit to spin wood.

    It looks like it has never been used...there was still cosmoline on the tailstock quill. The motor runs smoothly and speed changes are pretty easy, with dual access doors to get to the belt. It's missing the live center, the spur center, and the knockout bar, but those are easy enough to replace. Also included in the deal was the Workmate that it's sitting on. The Workmate is an older model, made back when they used heavier steel in the legs and real plywood for the table (and it looks like it's about 7/8" thick). It's much better than the one I have in my shop in LA.

    Now before anyone gets too excited, I have no plans to start turning at my temp apartment. I simply don't have the room for it, nor do I have the desire to bring all the tools and other gear I'd need from LA to ABQ. I bought this lathe with the intention of selling it. The seller had a $250 price tag on it, but I paid $175 for the lathe and Workmate. I figure I should be able to sell the lathe alone for somewhere between $225 and $250, and I'll get to keep the Workmate as a bonus. I haven't decided if I'll try to sell it here or take it back to LA and sell it there. (LA obviously has a bigger market.) I considered keeping the lathe and putting it to work in LA, but I'm pretty much out of space there, too. If I was going to cram a small lathe into my LA shop, I'd want it to be a bit bigger (midi, not mini) and have a variable speed.
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    Nice find, Vaughn. I agree, you should be able to make a couple of bucks by selling it.
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    not sure if that will fit in carry on .
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    not sure if that will fit in carry on .
    But it'll fit in the back of my SUV.
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    ...or put it in a box, and send it to somewhere in michigan....
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    Nice steal, or find, or no....Steel.
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    Nice little find, should turn a nice dime on it. Dragging that weight around in the SUV could eat up any profits with the extra gas mileage though.

    Any word of when/if you'll get some parole and be able to telecommute?
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    ...or put it in a box, and send it to somewhere in michigan....
    Come to think of it, I know someone in Michigan who's got some extra time on his hands right now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    ...Any word of when/if you'll get some parole and be able to telecommute?
    At this point they still want to keep me primarily in the ABQ office, although they did seem open to the idea of me going home for a couple of weeks at a time to handle things there as they come up. I'm looking at trying to get back sometime this month to take care of a few things. I need to do the annual brush clearing from our hillside (before the Fire Department fines us) and we also have some sewer line repairs than need to be done. LOML would prefer having me there when the plumbers are digging up the front yard.
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    Well no matter what you decide you can certainly get your money back easy enough
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    You got a cutie there. Good find and I hope you find it a loving home.

    You know, maybe Larry could come over to the spinney side. He could make his own dowels, spindles, etc. And he could be artistic and make custom knobs for his furniture. I really hate for that guy to not have the joy that comes with having a lathe.

    Enjoy,

    JimB
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