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Atlas 618 Lathe

Postby the elephant » Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:53 pm

Anyone?

I am looking for one of these and know full well that to get a good one at an affordable price I will have to drive up into the Midwest or the East Coast.

I cannot afford much, but a power cross-feed and a quick-change speed control would be killer. Ways that are not worn out, dinged up or badly rusted would be a minimum.Looking for the 6x14 with Timken bearings and not the old Oilite ones, if at all possible. A steady rest and a good tool holder would be great. I am willing to pay a bit more for that, as well as good cutting tools, live centers, or a good four-jaw chuck.

The Craftsman equivalent of this would be one in the 101 series @ 6x14.

I know the value range for most of these (and the accessories) pretty well, so I am prepared to pay a fair price. Please don't treat me like a moron by trying to charge two grand if you have what is actually a $750-$1,000 machine. If I had two grand I most certainly would be looking at a used South Bend and not something this small running on ZAMAK gears...

Thanks!
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Re: Atlas 618 Lathe

Postby jpwell » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:27 pm

Save up for the southbend. It’s worth the wait to get good tools as you know with your buffer.
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Re: Atlas 618 Lathe

Postby the elephant » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:54 pm

jpwell wrote:Save up for the southbend. It’s worth the wait to get good tools as you know with your buffer.


I am only looking for what I listed. There are many reasons for that.

Thanks, though.
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Re: Atlas 618 Lathe

Postby bloke » Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:45 am

James Keyes, superb aging bassoon repair specialist, years ago bought a Craftsman lathe with a long bed from the two men from whom I bought all my first tools early on. I was a bit annoyed that they sold that lathe before I could buy it. I recall Jimmy using that lathe a lot in Memphis. He now lives on the other side of Nashville, and I would not be surprised if he still owns that lathe, and I wouldn't be surprised if he had it overhauled at sometime.
He may be still using it, he may have moved on to something else, it may not be exactly the lathe that you're looking for. You can track him down and ask him about it, though.
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Re: Atlas 618 Lathe

Postby Tim Jackson » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:46 am

May have what your looking for in a craftsman 101. I can look at it closer for a number. Is it feasible to consider something in Pensacola FL.

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Re: Atlas 618 Lathe

Postby the elephant » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:00 am

Tim Jackson wrote:May have what your looking for in a craftsman 101. I can look at it closer for a number. Is it feasible to consider something in Pensacola FL.

Tim Jackson


Hey, great! Yes, I can do this, but the roundtrip drive is about 11 hours for me, so the exact model and the price will weigh heavily on my decision. I got your PM and replied. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing a few photos.

Thanks for your reply, Tim!
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Re: Atlas 618 Lathe

Postby Stryk » Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:01 pm

Looks like there is also one in Crestview for sale.

https://mobile.craigslist.org/tls/d/machinist-lathe-12-atlas/6547330383.html
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Re: Atlas 618 Lathe

Postby the elephant » Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:28 pm

Stryk wrote:Looks like there is also one in Crestview for sale.

https://mobile.craigslist.org/tls/d/machinist-lathe-12-atlas/6547330383.html


Thanks, but wrong model. That one is a lot bigger than the one I need. It is also a lot more expensive! :shock:
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Re: Atlas 618 Lathe

Postby hrender » Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:06 pm

One in Tulsa for $500: https://tulsa.craigslist.org/tls/d/craftsman-atlas-lathe/6545941250.html
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I know nothing of lathes, so no idea if that would meet your needs.

If you want to visit sunny (& dry!) Colorado, there's a much nicer looking one for $900.
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