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Wren387

Plastic
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Jun 7, 2022
I just bought an old Oliver lathe. I’m a beginner and don’t know the first thing about it and I can’t seem to find any good info or YouTube videos on how to work this old of a lather. Any ideas and references are greatly appreciated!!
 

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richard newman

Titanium
Joined
Jul 28, 2006
Location
rochester, ny
Actually it was replaced by the 159, about the same size and variable speed. The 25 pattermakers lathes are a lot bigger and heavier, and direct drive. I have a 25C, very smooth, great machine!
 

johnoder

Diamond
Joined
Jul 16, 2004
Location
Houston, TX USA
Actually it was replaced by the 159, about the same size and variable speed. The 25 pattermakers lathes are a lot bigger and heavier, and direct drive. I have a 25C, very smooth, great machine!
Here is my 159 I made from pieces - including new stuff you could still get then.
 

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richard newman

Titanium
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Location
rochester, ny
Nice lathe John! How far disassembled was it? Was the headstock in one piece? I had one of those 20 years ago, had to let go of it when I downsized, miss it!

When I downsize again, I'm going to swap out the 25C for something much smaller and lighter. But I need 17"-18" swing, and a good carriage for turning banjo rims. Don't need more than 24" cc! May have to cobble something together...
 

johnoder

Diamond
Joined
Jul 16, 2004
Location
Houston, TX USA
Nice lathe John! How far disassembled was it? Was the headstock in one piece? I had one of those 20 years ago, had to let go of it when I downsized, miss it!

When I downsize again, I'm going to swap out the 25C for something much smaller and lighter. But I need 17"-18" swing, and a good carriage for turning banjo rims. Don't need more than 24" cc! May have to cobble something together...
Thanks! But that was over fifty years ago - and as the photo caption says, a pile of parts on a pallet.:D Oliver fixed me up enough to make it go - like the piece that rotates to change speed
 








 
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