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Hiya,

Been shopping around for a knee mill the last week or so, sort of a Christmas present to myself, more on that shortly. (Yes Randy, with pictures of course)

I know, get to the lathe intervention already.....

From a CL ad I went to see a round ram post-war series Bridgeport with a 36" table that was advertised as "great condition" that turned out to be in an unheated dirt floor shed, ram seized in place, ways grooved and sloppy, table face rusted. So needless to say, I passed on the BP

As I was leaving we stopped in the guys garage so he could shut off the lights in the shed and on the bench was a small Craftsman Atlas 6 inch lathe and a box of tooling parts for it. I asked the guy about it and he said he just got it from a widow down the road and was going to put it in the shed with the BP as he had no use for it. Of course I made him an offer and we haggled a bit but it ended up in my trunk.

Here is is, I grabbed an old steel cart I had in the barn to plunk it on. It's in need of a good cleaning and painting, the cross feed handle is broken off but the screw isn't bent and turns free so I just need to hunt up a handle end. The ways are very good, don't bind at the ends of travel, the head stock turns free and easy, it's a bushing model, not a Timkin roller head so it's early-mid 60's dated. The motor is original and working, I expect it will need to get some love at the motor shop before too long. I haven't decided if I'm going to keep it or not as it's way too small for gunsmithing and not really accurate enough for barrel work but it would make a great starter/apprentice lathe or somebody making pen sets/chess pieces/darts.

I really don't have the space or time for yet another project. Time will tell but if your interested, let me know and if you make the case that you should be able to adopt the 'lil rescued lathe I'll cut you a special GTT deal but you have promise everyone here to always treat it right and not neglect it and stick it out back in the shed to rust away and if you sell it you sell it to another person that will do the same. And of course, post pictures...

Tom
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Nice score Tom, I'm looking forwards to seeing the first parts that come off of it!
 

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Way to go Tom! My guess is you'll fall in love with it an it'll become another tool in your shop. At the very least give the o'l gal good cleaning and lube.

And, I am really glad you live half a country away from me, I'd be really, really tempted by your offer.

So, when does the milling machine come home?
 

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Way to go Tom! My guess is you'll fall in love with it an it'll become another tool in your shop. At the very least give the o'l gal good cleaning and lube.

And, I am really glad you live half a country away from me, I'd be really, really tempted by your offer.

So, when does the milling machine come home?
Hey Randy,

Na, not going to fall in love, it's just not accurate enough for me. I'm negotiating with a dealer for a South Bend precision lathe with taper attachment to replace the basic logan I currently have. (Can't bring myself to buy new machine tools from China when there are plenty of good used US machines to be had still)

Like I said, those hobby lathes just aren't up to dealing with the tougher to cut alloys as they simply don't have the mass and they deflect slightly changing the diameter of the part as the carriage traverses the bed.

This is an outstanding setup for an apprentice or hobby person. I'll put the tooling on a counter and take a picture so everyone can see the complete package. (I may be able to scare up a spare motor for it that should work better than the original.

You know, it can always be shipped out to you.... Let me know.
 

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Hey Randy,

You know, it can always be shipped out to you.... Let me know.
Yeah, why did I know you were going to make that suggestion. Thanks anyway.
 

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Hiya,

The 'Lil rescued lathe has found a new forever home, another tractor nut adopted. He's a Lil' Red tractor restorer guy, Wheel Horse, but hey, it's all good. I know it will be happy with it's new parents as he scared up a NOS milling table, a set of collets/draw bar for it and bought an AXA tool holder before he picked it up.

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They're a great little lathe! I've got a Timken roller bearing one, and I've used the heck out of it! Like you say, it's not perfect accurate if you're taking a heavy cut, but setup right, and used for what they can handle, they do just fine. The half nut on mine needs some love, but other than that it's been trouble free for a long time, and sure alot handier for little stuff than my Monarch or Mueller!
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I have an Atlas 618 that was my Father's old lathe. He got a new lathe a few years ago and the Atlas was moved to his shed. I offered to put it in my shed (pole barn/shop) and I have had it for a few years. I don't use it much but it is handy to have around. He has the mill attachment for it but he has that as it was adopted to fit his new machine. A few years ago this one was switched to the AXA tool holder. That was a big improvement.

There is a yahoo group for the Atlas 618. There is a lot of info out there which is pretty interesting.

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