"Michael Koblic" wrote in news:hmcg0o025h4
The trailer deck is completely wet under the lathe. Nice of them to
uncover it in a rain shower to take a picture. That level of care speaks
towards the quality of the 'restoration'. Any time I see a completely
repainted machine I assume it had the 5 gallon rebuild.... as in painted
only. Is the grass that green on the island this time of year?
Anyway I am no southbend expert but it looks like the surfaces that should
have paint are painted and those that shouldn't have paint are not painted
so the paintjob seems appropriate, just a little to light a shade IMHO.
A picture of paint vs a picture of machine, the ways near spindle are clues.
I'd arrange to see it in person before bidding.
I bid on a lathe once. I negotiated an agreement that the transfer of cash and
the deal was on acceptance at his place of business. I also brought my uncle
with me as a
second judge. This was an Ebay purchase.
I think the picture was taken some time ago. The lathe is now inside a
workshop. I did not buy because:
1) There was no way to assess the way wear. Looking at them they were
2) The chuck has never been taken off. No way of assessing quality. Only one
set of jaws. Spindle nose unknown.
3) No info as to tapers in head/tailstock
4) Motor not attached and no means to do so easily - some work required in
5) No way to determine the status of spindle bearings.
6) No change gears
7) No way to assess tailstock alignment.
I think the guy was on the level. He bought it as a restoration project
which got abandoned half-way because of many other jobs. He had a massive
(by my standards) workshop in an out-building of a private dwelling,
including a total of *four* lathes (this one was the smallest), a big
Bridgeport and a "little" RF40 as well as a complete smithy including a
I am sure that somebody with experience would have been able to get around
the issues and come to agreement on a good price and then restore the lathe
to some sort of functioning level. Not me, sadly. The wait continues...