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Fay & Egan 400E wood lathe – serial 133817 (c 1924 - US $0.00 (Bound Brook, NJ)
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Ad Title: Fay & Egan 400E wood lathe – serial 133817 (c 1924
Item Class: Woodworking Machinery
Item Type: Lathe, Wood
Size: 2' x 5' x 4'
Manufactured By: J. A. Fay & Egan Co.
Price: US $0.00
Seller Type: Private Seller
Seller Member ID: buck clarke
Item Location: Bound Brook, NJ
Ad Posting Date: 9/7/2017 2:53:11 PM
Ad Expiration Date: 10/7/2017 2:53:11 PM
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Okay, folks, what is being offered here is a well preserved bed with integrated headstock, tailstock, motor mount assembly, drive cone assembly, and legs. What you will not be getting is a banjo, tool rest, motor, or belt tensioning /speed changing apparatus.

This machine has a twelve inch throw over the bed, and capacity of roughly 24” between centers. Both headstock and tailstock have #2 Morse taper. Inboard headstock spindle is 1 ¼” x 10 tpi. Outboard spindle is 1” x 8 tpi left hand thread. Bearings are smooth a silk and turn readily and freely.
I can provide more photos, if and as necessary, but until someone shows interest… For now, if you need to see what the operator side of the machine looks like, I’d suggest checking Andrew Harmless and Mat Hollen’s entries in the Fay & Egan lathe index.

There’s a lot here, but you’ll need, at reasonable minimum, to invest in:

Spindle Adapter – 1 ¼” x 10 tpi to 1” x 8 tpi – unless you’re planning on turning exclusively between centers, you’ll need an adapter to thread on a faceplate and/or scroll chuck. These are available from BestWood for ~$80
New Leather Drive Belt – from John Knox in Chicago ~$50-60
Motor – depends on what power you want, and what you find or have sitting around your shop. My guess is you could find something in the ¾-1 hp range for $50-60
Banjo and Tool Rest – scrape something together off of CraigsList for $30-40

So, really, you’ll be looking at putting $250 into this thing even before you add in a chuck and turning tools, not inconsiderable items. I’m not trying to scare anyone off, but for the un-initiated, I do want you to recognize that even “free” can require investment. The upside is that unless you have a very kindly uncle, almost any foray into a new realm (including woodturning) is going to cost you something. And this lathe has many attributes which you certainly won’t be able to replicate in a modern entry level machine, new or used. This is four hundred pounds of cast iron mass which will allow you to turn twelve inch bowls inboard from unbalanced stock without the machine skittering all over your shop floor.

If you are either a real F&E aficionado or trying to get into turning on a tight budget, this could be a nice piece to have. I’d be delighted to let this sweet babe go, scot-free, to a new owner who will get her running before her jubilee anniversary in a few years. I’ve been meaning to get to do it myself, but simply have more projects than time these days.
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Approximate Dimensions and Weight:
Length = 5 ft
Width = 2ft
Height = 4 ft
Weight = 400

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