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    Urgent help

    Hi you guys I have been posting some threads looking for help on building my own lathe. I just found a DUNLAP LATHE MODEL # 534-0601 built in the late 30's early 40's (see picture) for $140. The guy says it is working good. Should I buy this and rebuild it according to what I want? Would this be a good thing to do?

    Thank you


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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    It's hard to say from the picture. Here's a link for you:

    Looks like it's mostly a spindle lathe. Here's another link, with original catalog pictures and some background:

    Again, it's hard to say. It might work, or you might find the bearing's just weren't made for bowl turning. Note the original had a 9" swing, which would mean under five inches from the spindle to the bed. People who have actually seen one, or who know bearings better than I do (which is just about anybody) can tell you more...



    (ps. Note the original price! I wonder how much that is in today's dollars?
    Last edited by Bill Lantry; 02-11-2008 at 09:25 PM.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Alfredo, it looks like from the Sawmill Creek post that it has MT 1 and a 3/4-16 spindle which is small if you are going to make the swing bigger and turn larger blanks. That said, it might be a good deal to get and play with to get more ideas on how to build your own. Good luck once again in this adventure.
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    In any case can I boost it up? I mean better bearings, Increase the size of the base so I can get more swing?

    Thank you

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Quote Originally Posted by Alfredo Alamo View Post
    In any case can I boost it up? I mean better bearings, Increase the size of the base so I can get more swing?

    Thank you
    Do that and you could get close to the price of a new, modern lathe.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Not for $140.00!

    Dunlap was Sears lowest quality/priced line of tools back in the '30s~'50's.

    This lathe, if it's like the one I used to have, has bronze bushings for bearings, and the shaft is a solit 5/8". Shopsmith drives, etc. will fit its headstock, but there's no provision for adding a live center on the tailstock.

    Also, the beds are formed iron - not cast, or even the tube that Sears used in later years.

    I paid $40.00 for mine, and was ashamed to sell it a couple years later. I junked it instead.

    Jim D.

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    thank you guys for the advice, I will keep on planing building mine form scratch

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