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    I run ISO 46 oil in my old machine tools and much...

    I run ISO 46 oil in my old machine tools and much else. It is available in 2 gallon jugs at places like Tractor Supply, sold as "Tractor Hydraulic Oil". Tractor Hydraulic Oil is a DTE medium (ISO 68)...
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    Thermite: Your prose and wit takes a bit for...

    Thermite:

    Your prose and wit takes a bit for an old thick-headed dinosaur such as myself to understand sometimes, but I do appreciate it. Each of us has our writing style, and this 'board is a...
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    A few words of caution about these old grinders:...

    A few words of caution about these old grinders:

    -these grinders typically had no guards around the wheels, and no "tongue strips". Tongue strips are pieces of steel with slotted holes that are...
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    About 35 years ago, I needed a key for the 4 jaw...

    About 35 years ago, I needed a key for the 4 jaw chuck that came with my Southbend Heavy 10" lathe. I grabbed a piece of Dwydag rock bolt rod and some rebar on a hydroelectric jobsite where I was...
  5. A "bookend" to the documentary posted by the OP...

    A "bookend" to the documentary posted by the OP is "Men Bet Their Lives On It". This is a youtube about how Packard took on the building of the Merlin engines. It goes into considerable detail as to...
  6. Look for a "Milwaukee" die filer built by Rice...

    Look for a "Milwaukee" die filer built by Rice Pump Company. I have one in my own shop. It is a smaller die filer with about a 12" x 12" table. There is a provision on the crankcase/base casting for...
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    That is a fine old milling machine you have...

    That is a fine old milling machine you have gotten. Are you at liberty to tell us what "Alladin's Cave" of an old shop it came out of ? In your first photo, it looks like there is a small planer in...
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    You are correct about the connection between...

    You are correct about the connection between Athol and Starrett. However, I suspect the grinder you have pre-dates the actual connection. Athol Machine (or Foundry) was making a line of machinist...
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    My guess is that the tool was shop-made (made by...

    My guess is that the tool was shop-made (made by a machinist in the shop where he worked). It was made for some specific purpose, such as assembly/dissassembly of some mechanism or part(s). It...
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    Greetings from the Catskill Mountains of NY State...

    Greetings from the Catskill Mountains of NY State !

    You have a winch of a type known as a "crab" winch. It was made by a number of manufacturers in the USA. It is/was most commonly used for...
  11. CountryBoy: I'd go with the graphite-moly...

    CountryBoy:

    I'd go with the graphite-moly grease. Molybdenum Disulfide (shortened to "Moly") takes the form of tiny "ball bearings" suspended in the grease. Excellent for lubricating sliding...
  12. Regardless of the problems inherent in British...

    Regardless of the problems inherent in British motorcycles, they did have SOMETHING, for want of a better way of describing it. I learned to ride ca 1968, on British iron that was old even then. My...
  13. Marco: Thanks for the kind words. If I lived...

    Marco:

    Thanks for the kind words. If I lived close to you, I'd be helping you get the lathe assembled and bearings adjusted.

    I took a look at your photos. The spindle journals (portions of the...
  14. Here are some ideas based on the posts the OP has...

    Here are some ideas based on the posts the OP has added:

    -Given the approximate/indeterminate age of the target thrower, if it has a single phase capacitor start motor on it that looks original,...
  15. Remember that when this trap was made, the...

    Remember that when this trap was made, the selection of available lubes was quite limited. If, as the OP says, the target thrower (trap ?) was made
    "at the turn of the last century", this would...
  16. The typical design for the type of bearing on the...

    The typical design for the type of bearing on the motor you are working on is to use grease lubrication. The idea of the plug at the bottom of the bearing housing is twofold: to allow the old grease...
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    I second what Cutting Oil Mac has to say about...

    I second what Cutting Oil Mac has to say about keeping spindle speeds low. At the time that lathe was designed and built, cutting tools were often high-carbon tool steel, forged and tempered by the...
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    I bought my Gerstner 042 ca 1979-80. I believe...

    I bought my Gerstner 042 ca 1979-80. I believe the price was right around $200-250. It was a lot of money in those days, but I was single and working a lot overseas. I figured it was a "now or never"...
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    Marco: Regarding the bearings in your lathe:...

    Marco:

    Regarding the bearings in your lathe: We refer to this type of bearing as a "plain bearing" (meaning a bearing having no 'rolling elements') such as a bearing lined with bronze, white metal...
  20. I second what Mr Stretch had to say. The Rouse...

    I second what Mr Stretch had to say. The Rouse hand milling machine is hardly that. It is a milling spindle mounted on a vertical slide of limited travel. No table, no provision for an overarm,...
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    In line with this thread: I wore my wedding...

    In line with this thread:

    I wore my wedding band for 22 years of marriage, taking it off when doing shop work. Since I wear a pocket watch and use the watch pocket on my jeans for that, I used to...
  22. studelvr: Something to bear in mind about...

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    Something to bear in mind about running the Prentice lathe is the matter of dynamic balance. If you run an old 14" swing lathe with cone pulley & a chuck on its spindle at any kind of...
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    Hello Clyde: LeBlond produced a number of...

    Hello Clyde:

    LeBlond produced a number of Regal lathes and other engine lathes with large thru holes in what would be mid-size range. I would call about 18"-24" the midsized range, but that's...
  24. I've spent a major portion of my career as an...

    I've spent a major portion of my career as an engineer working in and on hydroelectric generating plants of a wide variety of types/sizes. I've also been around a few waterwheels over the years.

    A...
  25. I am well familiar with the Kingsbury tilting pad...

    I am well familiar with the Kingsbury tilting pad thrust bearings as used on large hydroelectric units. In the plant I retired from, the rotating assembly (generator rotor, main shaft, and turbine...
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