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    Default Help with serial number and opinions of possible purchase.

    I am looking for a turret lathe to replace our Gisholt #3. It was a great machine that fell victim to a devastating fire in our building a couple of weeks ago. It was a war production machine that never disappointed.
    There is a Warner Swasey 3a up for auction next week reasonably close and I would love any info or opinions. Inspection is next Wednesday.

    S/N 1126033 473667 is whats listed.

    Thanks in advance.

    Brian

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    3A is a giant saddle type (ram types are smaller machines). How does that match up to the Gisholt?

    A similar Gisholt would be a 3L

    1126033 is around 1950 while 473667 is about 1937 - so maybe a factory rebuild

    3A spec sheet from 1934

    3a-spec-sheet-1934.jpg

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    Thanks very much for the quick reply. I think its a bit big for us. I wouldn't mind the extra capacity but it's not going to spin up fast enough for most of our work.
    It seems that the model 3 is pretty equal to the Gisholt 3. 3a to 3l like you said.
    The search continues

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbleGear View Post
    Thanks very much for the quick reply. I think its a bit big for us. I wouldn't mind the extra capacity but it's not going to spin up fast enough for most of our work.
    It seems that the model 3 is pretty equal to the Gisholt 3. 3a to 3l like you said.
    The search continues
    Location? Im in Florida. Have a number 3.

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    I'm in beautiful New Jersey.

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    Thats cool. My machines were in Jersey earlier in their life. The produced stainless steel petcocks and handvalves.

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    It cost 875 bucks to ship my Bridgeport from Bridgeport, CT to my shop if you were interested in my dinosaur. Not sure if you mean the newer No. 3

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    PM sent. Thanks.
    My gisholt was from wwII and it ran perfect up until a few weeks ago. If it hadn't seen enough fire to melt manganese bronze, I'd be tempted to rebuild it

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    Quote Originally Posted by scepkowski98 View Post
    It cost 875 bucks to ship my Bridgeport from Bridgeport, CT to my shop if you were interested in my dinosaur. Not sure if you mean the newer No. 3

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    I thought you had 80,000 parts to make with it ?????

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    I have 4 lathes.

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    Here's one right form "the tap"...:
    Turret Lathe - heavy equipment - by owner - sale


    Oooh...Better:
    Warner Swasey No. 5 Turret Lathe - heavy equipment - by owner - sale

    Just hop on I-80 and "go west".....

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    Doug,

    Thanks for the heads up. If they're in good shape I'd take the ride! How big of a difference in size and such between the 3-4-5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbleGear View Post
    Doug,

    Thanks for the heads up. If they're in good shape I'd take the ride! How big of a difference in size and such between the 3-4-5?
    I have no idea, but as many as I have looked at, not much size difference.

    I've got a catalog around here somewhere, dimensions should be online.

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    4 to 5 floor space length mid thirties vintage 7 feet for #4 and 8 foot 7 1/2" for #5 - which seems a bunch


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