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Old December 31st, 2016, 10:03 PM   #1
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My father in law gave me this small table top lathe. It's a Sears branded Craftsman. I've never worked on one this small before, but it has a 3 jaw chuck so I think it will do okay for my needs. Can anyone give me any info on it?
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Old January 1st, 2017, 01:17 AM   #2
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Is it an Atlas lathe? Many/most of the Craftsman lathes were. A lot of gunsmiths got their start on one. It should turn slow enough to thread barrels.

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Old January 5th, 2017, 02:18 PM   #3
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So upon further research this isn't an Altas lathe but an Emco compact 8 lathe. From what I've read is these are pretty good little machines. Any idea how much these go for? That's the info I can't find.

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Does it function properly?

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Last I checked it did. I haven't ran it in over 2 years though.

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Lots of them on eBay I tried to look up a rough price for you but don't know the exact specs. I had know clue how many lathes made or branded as Sears/craftsman over the years. You may check there to start.

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This one is a remake Emco compact 8. They normally have a color scheme of caution tape orange or at least that's the color I think of. I'll have to get her up and running, and brush up on my machining skills which quite frankly are rather rusty.

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This one is a remake Emco compact 8. They normally have a color scheme of caution tape orange or at least that's the color I think of. I'll have to get her up and running, and brush up on my machining skills which quite frankly are rather rusty.
My first thought on your first post was I hope he doesn't lose a finger!

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Old January 5th, 2017, 02:47 PM   #9
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It sure would be cool to find a matching mill. The Emco compact 8 also came in a set with a vertical mill. That would pretty much be the be all end all for me. I'd never leave the house except for work and supplies.

About the loosing a finger, I've seen some nasty things these lathes can do to a human and I'm extra cautious when it comes to any heavy machinery. Once saw an un secured 4 jaw chuck launch off a machine and climb a cinder block wall. The chuck weighed about 80 pounds and so see it vertically climb a wall just from centripetal force made me respect these even more.

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I witnessed a man break his nose and lose 3 teeth on a wood lathe with a piece of mahogany that wasn't centered. The lathe never got to full operating speed.

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