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    Rockwell Lathe

    SIL wants me to go to a auction with him next Saturday Aug. 18. Sale has a Rockwell lathe listed on it that is advertised with a 33" swing. No model number or anything and am trying to find out if this is the true swing or a misprint?
    Anyone know anything about a Rockwell lathe that had this large of swing?
    Any help would be wonderful.
    Thanks,
    Chuck

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    Hi Steve,
    Don't really know the bed length. Auction phone number is "leave a message" type of thing. After leaving them a message on the model number, have not heard back????? Maybe tells me that they do not really know either.
    Will let all know after Saturday.
    Thanks
    Chuck

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    Chuck if you do go to the auction stick a tape measure in your pocket. Measure from the bed to the spindle and double that for the swing of the lathe. If it is six then a 12" swing.
    Bernie W.

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    My guess is a Typo.... 33" bed and a 12-14" swing is all I ever heard of Even a Giant among Lathes would be dwarfed at a 33" swing.

    Buy it and POST A PICTURE.... Especially of you sitting on the bed.

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    Bowl lathe???

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    It is a husband and wife team of auctioneers. He is real straight and she will stop a auction to insult a bidder that wants to start something to low. Yes will have my tape measure hanging on my pocket to make sure that it is what they say. If it is a 33"swing then that would mean 16.5" from center of drive. Sounds pretty far fetched to me for a hobby wood worker. Then maybe I can insult her. Below is a copy of the wood working tools. By the way SIL is a fabulous craftsman (Grandfather tought) but has not gotten into turning and is so gunhoe about it.
    Thanks all,
    Chuck

    WOODWORNING TOOLS & MISC. Craftsman IO" table saw wlextensions, on stand; Rockwell wood lathe, 33" swing; Craftsman 12" band saw on stand; Craftsman 10" radial arm saw on stand; Craftsman oscillating spindle sander; Craftsman router, stand & bits; Craftsman double bench grinder; metal work bench w/vise; 16 gal. shop vac; wood clamps; portable air compressor; electric & hand & garden tools; log chains; wheelbarrow; 0-28 Stihl chain saw; several plastic drums w/lids; deer decoy; show box; several 4x4s; 20 ft. aluminum extension ladder; 8 ft. truck topper & other misc. items. Terms: Cash or check with proper ID.

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    Sorry thought that I was highlighting it.

    WOODWORNING TOOLS & MISC. Craftsman IO" table saw wlextensions, on stand; Rockwell wood lathe, 33" swing; Craftsman 12" band saw on stand; Craftsman 10" radial arm saw on stand; Craftsman oscillating spindle sander; Craftsman router, stand & bits; Craftsman double bench grinder; metal work bench w/vise; 16 gal. shop vac; wood clamps; portable air compressor; electric & hand & garden tools; log chains; wheelbarrow; 0-28 Stihl chain saw; several plastic drums w/lids; deer decoy; show box; several 4x4s; 20 ft. aluminum extension ladder; 8 ft. truck topper & other misc. items. Terms: Cash or check with proper ID.

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    If he is going to get a lathe to start turning he might want to look at the bandsaw. If it is a newer craftsman they have been getting some pretty good reviews and might be worth the money if it goes cheap enough.
    Bernie W.

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    I'll bet it is 16" over the gap in the bed, which could be considered a 32" swing.

    Might be like this one..........

    Series 46-450 <-link

    If so, and the price is right, that could make one heck of a good lathe, just add a VFD to it and boy you would be rocking!

    Cheers!
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    Could very well be Stu. I talked to the daughter and SIL this evening and made a appointment to meet with them on Wed morning at the site of the sale where I can take a look at the lathe and at least get a model #. Will take camera and let you all know. She did state that he was very much into turning and made a lot of fabulious things. She also stated that it was very large and thought that he had 3 phase. We shall see and will let you all know.
    Thanks,
    Chuck

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