Help with identifying lathe

I have access to a lathe that has the following on the nameplate.
Machine World
Taiwan Co Ltd
TY-36 552
June 1979
It works and has a lot of tools that go with it including a second
chuck.
My friend was a gunsmith and passed away a few years ago. His wife
wants to get rid of the machine. I'm trying to find out what I can
about it so we can get a fair price. I've googled on "Machine World"
etc but can't find anything out about the unit or the company. Any
help would be most appreciated. Thanks
Reply to
justahunter
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Without a couple detailed pictures..it will be impossible to tell you what it is.
The Taiwanese made many different types and qualities of lathes, and then put labels on them for whatever consortium would buy a batch of them. Say the factory made 100 Mod 1s. They would paint and label 50 for XYZ Tool Importer in Hoboken and 10 for Bobs Machine Tool Sales in Pacoima, and so forth.
If you can post some photos to the drop box in
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we can do our best at identifying what you have and maybe helping you set a fair price.
I should mention that while 70s Taiwane lathes were made fairly or quite well..they often dont sell very high. On the other hand...when you add in the other tooling and chucks and whatnot..it might sell for a good price.
Also, mention the state or area the lathe is in. It often makes a big difference on the value to a buyer. Some places have lots of machines..prices would be lower than places that have few machines.
Gunner
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Gunner
Thanks for the information. I'll get over there and get some pictures. The lathe is located in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Reply to
justahunter
I'd add that parts are likely to be unobtainable.
Reply to
Rex
The pictures are in the dropbox at
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as tatcolathe1 thru 7. Sure would appreciate anybody who can view the pics and offer an estimated value. Thanks.
Reply to
justahunter
As Gunner indicated, critical information is missing: 1 - Location 2 - size (it DOES matter)
But, I'll take a shot at it. You never gave a location, I'm in North Texas. If I ran across this item at, say, an estate sale.... Rust was only surface rust, and no obvious wear.... It ran under power with no rude noises.... With the usual tooling - 2 chucks, steady rest, toolholders, any extra change gears, live and dead centers etc. I would pay up to $500, and would be surprised if I couldn't buy it for less
Based entirely on the photos Clean it up some and you would do a little better better.
Reply to
Rex
Clean it up, and it would go for $800-1k
I finally got a chance to look at the pics. Its a typical Taiwanese lathe, with features of both Clausing and Logan lathes. Id not be surprised if one examined a Jet of the same era..one would find a match.
Its probably a decent enough lathe, based on my experiences with others very similar.
Gunner
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Gunner

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