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Old 02-11-2018, 08:11 PM   #1
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After graduating from PSU in May I have been keeping my eyes pealed for things to get my shop out fitted (should be breaking ground in a week or two). My mother gave me the word that a widow and her son in-law were looking to sell her late husbands "shop stuff". In the mid 90's this gentleman got into machining. He was knowing for buying "the best" and then changing hobbies after a few years. (Hobbies started with vw dune buggies then to machining,rc plains,golf, and ending with PC video games)
These machines were stored in his old filling station (located in my home town in SE Kansas) that his son in-law was building into a wood shop and decided he had no use for them.

The machines them selves:

Mill:
7x42 2J head Bridgeport with a 6" vice, set (complete from what I can tell) of R8 collets and a few end mills and drill bits.
I believe the mill to be a 1971 or 1972 model, 1-1/2 (or 2,I forget) hp 3 phase.
The table looks to be very clean with only one mark from a drill bit (that I could see). The ways feel tight, x axis has ~30thu of backlash that needs to be taken out. The ways on the knee are a bit worring to me as they have some surface rust that I was able to wipe clean. It should work for me after some love.

Lathe:
I was a little disappointed with the lathe. I had been looking at getting a 12 or 13x from grizzly when my shop was built so I had some standards/ expectations.
It is a (EDIT!! Sheldon!) 10 or 11 X42 (I think, documentation on these are iffy) it came with the usual 3 and 4 jaw chucks and a back plate. It is one with the optional "powered stand" that houses the motor and a set of v belts in the cabinet. It looks to be in "ok" shape. The carriage has a load of backlash but the cross slide felt nice. It has one indexable turning tool but I suspect more to be found. I believe the date is between 1940 and 1942. 1-1/2hp 120V (iirc)

Bandsaw:
The more I look at the monster the more I'm impressed. It is a Kalamazoo with what I guess to be 12" cutting capabilities and runs an 1-1/2" blade. It has hydraulic down feed,coolant system and a 3speed v-belt drive. It looks to be a 2hp, 220 1ph

"Stuff":

A cabinet with mix tooling including:
A 3 set of mic's (1,2,3") us brand but I can't remember the name.
A set of adjustable reamers.
A step clamp set for the mill.

As mentioned, he was also into flying.

Included with the above:

-What looks to be a virgin os .60 glow two stroke plain engine.
-what looks to be a virgin ys120 4-stroke glow engine. (Receipt in box is dated 3-7-1992 iirc for $549.95)
-two cone starters (to start engine) one NIB
-a fueling station with an electric fuel pump (spare pump floating around)
-a start box with a lawn mower battery and cubbies for "stufff"
-approx. 25 new props most 10"
-a hand full of big RC servos
-30 lbs of various plain stuff.

He is also letting me keep the mill Lathe and saw in his shop until I can get down there with my dad's skidsteer and take them to my dads stop for storage until my shop in complete.

I wrote the check three weeks ago but this is the first time I've "had time" to write about it on there to ask every ones thoughts.
I'm currently nursing a bottle of blue gatorade recovering from a long night of Crown induced socializing.

I believe I will start a new thread asking advice on my shop/toolroom/house.

Advice on any of the above (reconditioning of machines spelling, grammar checking apps for ISO)is greatly welcome.

Edit: price for the lot was $2250.

GJ

Edit edit: I was also give three Futaba radios. Guessing they are early 90's


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Old 02-11-2018, 11:30 PM   #2
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You didn't say what you paid so can't comment on "how did I do" but you did ask for advice on spelling so ........you keep your eyes peeled , not pealed.
Good luck with your purchase though !
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Dan,

I gave $2250 for the lot.

I need to find a word type of app or use my work computer before/after work.

Thank you for your reply.

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Sounds like a good pile of gear to fill your new workshop/house with. Lots o' fun.
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Hopper,
I hope it all turns out well. Time will tell. I expect it to be a year before I'm making chips on anything worth noting.
Kvom,
I don’t have pics do to my phone dying both times I was there looking them over.
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You did well, $2250.00 is a lot less then I would have thought you paid. The Logan lathe may be better than the Grizzly lathe you wanted. Sounds like you have a good head start on machining after your shop is built.
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Mike, thank you,
Time will tell if it's any better. If I can get some of the back lash out of it I bet I can make it work.
It's kind of a strange size, it's really long but has a small (6"?) 3 jaw on it. It stands tall but looks like a skeleton compared to other lathes of this swing.

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Mike, thank you,
Time will tell if it's any better. If I can get some of the back lash out of it I bet I can make it work.
It's kind of a strange size, it's really long but has a small (6"?) 3 jaw on it. It stands tall but looks like a skeleton compared to other lathes of this swing.

GJ.
I think the Logan lathe might be the steal of the deal. You say it has a 6" chuck. Maybe you could swing a larger diameter with a different chuck? The thru hole will be a hint.
I'd look that lathe over hard and determine it's condition. Backlash is no problem. If the ways are worn near the chuck you can have the bed ground and/or scraped. You didn't say if it has a quick change gear box, but even those can be retrofitted.
But I get carried away, with the shop you're building you may be better off replacing it. I've just made a lot of chips with those old "tool room" lathes.
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Gentlemen!! I have made a major mistake!!

The lathe is a Sheldon!!

I was reading some of the above posts and something dissent feel right about Logan (name of my niece).

I've attached the only pic I have of the lathe. It is the name plate above the change gears.

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