Smashedfinger

Old Oliver 159-a Lathe

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I'm looking at this lathe for purchase to use for general purpose turning; such as small bowls, spindles, pens. He said he would sell for 850.00. It has new bearings and runs very well. I am wondering if the lathe that was designed for pattern makers is good for general purpose, or I should look elsewhere. Any help would be appreciated!

 

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While I am sure it is a substantial piece of equipment, especially for the money, it's not going to have modern features that most turners would want.  For example:

Electronic variable speed

Reversible

A sliding or rotating head stock

Able to mount a vacuum chuck

$850 should get you at least half, if not three quarters, of the way to a modern lathe.  

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Yes, what Mark said, you can get a nice modern lathe for about the same price or cheaper. Good luck as there are a lot of choices. And one good turn deserves another.

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Have you looked at mini lathes?  I think $850 would be enough for a new one.  Otherwise look for a used midi.

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Nova Comet II midi lathe starts at $500. It is reversible and has electronic speed control (3 belt settings). 12” diameter and 16.5” between centers. 

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I'd be careful with any Delta tools.  Their customer service from what I've read here is that it's the poorest as are the tools.

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