I just had the headstock apart tonight and removed the spindle and belt pulley assembly.Everything is clean smooth and shiny, no deep scratches pits or rust.To find a late that old that still has the change gears & the steady , you really need to go buy a lottery ticket !!!!! Tats a cute lil 3 jaw chuck .How's the spindle bore look ? That taper to thread adapter looks someone/thing has been knawing on it for some time . I seem to think that Lyman sold ingot molds at one time , they could be led or babbit ?
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This machine will probably work well for wood turning, just set the other tooling aside in a clean dry space (oiling is a good idea) so if you ever come across a better machine for you, the tooling increases the resale value for this one a grat deal.
I’m very quickly “growing attached” to this lathe. The more I work on cleaning it up and getting it going, the more I really appreciate it. It’s an incredibly well engineered design.You will deeply regret selling this machine. You can always get another treadle lathe just for wood. But this one will do both.
Those screws were the only screws that looked like they had been adjusted numerous times! I tightened them until I felt resistance to spinning the spindle then backed them off just enough so it would spin freely.Ha! This is classic. These lathes were designed so the spindle bearing clearance was 'adjustable' on the fly by tightening or slacking those bearing cap screws. Th former owner wanted to set the clearance by shimming under the cap with material - in this case what appears to be fabric of some kind. In my case (seneca falls 9" lathe I used brass shim.
Eventually I’ll do that. The pulleys are about 1 1/8” wide so I’m assuming it originally used a 1” leather flat belt.Ideally you want flat leather belting between the flywheel and the cone pulley at the spindle. You can splice and glue the belt or lace it with monofilament line. How wide are the steps on the cone pulley? I have some one inch leather belting I could gift you, but it might be too wide for that machine.