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    Default Can anyone help me i.d. this old, huge lathe?

    Industrial machine tool co.
    Model 2480b

    This thing is huge! Any idea what it's worth and the history of the company/lathe?

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    Invisible lathe mfg. ! Link -pictures -pen and ink drawing ! Need some help here ,that ID may be just a dealers name .

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    Sorry, it wouldnt let me do it from my phone.
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    It looks like a generic "import" lathe, probably from the 70's, probably from Taiwan. I would hardly call it "huge". It is a garden variety lathe, maybe 16" swing and lightly built for the nominal capacity. It is likely one of the "forbidden" types of machine tools to discuss here, being made in Taiwan or China, so expect the thread to be locked.

    I am guessing it was from the 70's as it has the "Norton" style of quick change gearbox. Not a particularly valuable nor desirable machine tool. Common as dirt, and many importers badged these sorts of lathes with their own names, sometimes mimicking or playing off of old-line US manufacturers' names. Some sharpie in the USA with little more than a rented office called himself "ABC Industrial Machinery" and ordered the lathe from some factory in China or Taiwan with his firm's name on them. Same lathe might well have been sold by a dozen more similar firms that came and went in the USA, all selling the same lathes with maybe different paint and a different name on them.

    I'd call the lathe on the light side for its capacity, and calling it huge is a gross overstatement. Huge is a lathe that will swing work maybe 6 feet in diameter x 40 feet long. Sit the lathe in this thread next to an older US made engine lathe of like capacity and there will be at least twice the weight of GOOD iron castings in it and it will LOOK like a real lathe. This thing is hardly worthy of the name "engine lathe", qualifying in a nominal sense.

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    Its a small mid grade china/taiwan lathe by the look of it.
    A big lathe weighs the same as a semi, a huge lathe can turn several hundred tonnes

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    so, im thinking its probably 24x80 . Would 1000 dollars be a smoking deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by minimonsta22 View Post
    so, im thinking its probably 24x80 . Would 1000 dollars be a smoking deal?
    It would indeed. In Hong Kong Dollars.

    Check the exchange rate to see if I'm being overly generous. Might be more accurate to use $1,000 Taiwan Dollar, given it has to be hauled.

    Repairs can be like restoring turd off a dead horse. Horse has quit making parts that fit, and the QC standards were set by a relaxed arsehole under forced pressure, and working with shit materials to begin with.

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    things affecting price:
    1. Can a buyer test run it ?
    2. Is it complete and everything works ?
    3. Can you load it on a buyers truck ?

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    If it comes with $3,000 in tooling then it might be worth it. I'm being serious. Also, please state what you'd like to do with a lathe and then we can offer some good options for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minimonsta22 View Post
    Sorry, it wouldnt let me do it from my phone.
    That is not a huge lathe.Misleading title. Bad Bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCPDesigns View Post
    Also, please state what you'd like to do with a lathe and then we can offer some good options for you.
    Apparently selling....

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    Apparently selling....
    Oh, he can wipe the rust, rot, and insect-s**t off it and GET a $1,000 US for it, then.

    Just look at what people spend on Microsoft WinWOES for the PRIVILEGE of being repeatedly skull-f**ed, dry, and for multiple decades!

    They actually learn to LOVE that so much they consider it "normal", and cannot understand why EVERYONE ELSE dasn't love it, too!

    Go figure..

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    I'm not selling it no, but my friend is. He has it listed for $8,000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minimonsta22 View Post
    I'm not selling it no, but my friend is. He has it listed for $8,000.
    Rotsa ruck..... He up in backwoods Alaska?

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    Quote Originally Posted by minimonsta22 View Post
    I'm not selling it no, but my friend is. He has it listed for $8,000.
    LMAO!!! He might get 800.00 for that POS

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    Quote Originally Posted by minimonsta22 View Post
    I'm not selling it no, but my friend is. He has it listed for $8,000.
    That isn't "selling". He's just playin' wit himself.

    8 large, he can have either one of my 10EE. Just not ALL their tooling...

    And THOSE still need work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by minimonsta22 View Post
    Sorry, it wouldnt let me do it from my phone.


    I guess everything is relevant....

    Guessing that your age and stature are on the < side?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ox View Post
    I guess everything is relevant....

    Guessing that your age and stature are on the < side?


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    Quote Originally Posted by minimonsta22 View Post
    I'm not selling it no, but my friend is. He has it listed for $8,000.
    Jeebus $8000 or £8000 will get you a workshop full of good gear witha bit of hagling and looking about

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    Quote Originally Posted by minimonsta22 View Post
    Industrial machine tool co.
    Model 2480b

    This thing is huge! Any idea what it's worth and the history of the company/lathe?
    Just curious-you really didn't think that the fact it says "ABC Industrial machine tool co" and
    Model "ABC-2480b" were important facts?


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