I've just been to look at a lathe in our local garage. It's been there since Noah sailed away. Proprietor has never used it (and he's nearly aas old as I), and he professes not to know how to.
It's big - almost as big as my desire, and I'd guess it was made in the1910s or 1920s - flat belt pulleys, and if there is a motor, it's parked under a bench somewhere.
I haven't given it a thorough going-over, but it all feels nice and tight (or rusty? Ed.). I don't expect the throat is as big as I'd like, but if I really *need* deep throat, I know where there's a lathe which came out of the Eastern Omnibus works, and the faceplate requires a fork-lift truck or a big chain differential pulley to raise it.
When I get rond to pestering Roger for a good old gander at it, I'll take erotic p*rn^h^h^photographs of it and put them up on my wibble. Then I shall be asking how much people think I should bid for it...
If/when it is installed, URMEers will be welcome to come and make things on it - within reason(!). (Location South Norfolk)