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Manufactured/Badged by:
Rockwell Manufacturing Co.
Pittsburgh, PA

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Lathe, Wood
Machine Size: 14/11"
Submitted By: Leo Veschio
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 46-111
Date of Manufacturer: 1974
Serial Number: GL 3055
Last Updated 12/31/2010 3:58:21 PM

Comments:
Found from an ad on Craigslist. The seller indicated that he had acquired it and a host of other machinery from a widow whose husband had been an amateur woodworker. Most of the machinery had been purchased in the 70's. The seller had never used it, only the original owner, and the lathe appears to have been only used moderately. The motor appears to be the original 1/2 HP Baldor. This model lathe came in both a 1/3 and 1/2 HP versions with the 1/2 HP version considered "heavy duty". Paint and finish is original and the base appears to be one of the original bases offered by Rockwell for this lathe. The deal came with 8 lathe tools. It is a 4 speed belt driven lathe recquiring manual belt changes to change speeds. The headstock Morse taper spur center was frozen and I had to tap it out with a metal rod. Once free, it has been no problem. The tail stock has the original dead center and I have ordered a live center to upgrade that end as well as a small faceplate to do bowls. The head and tail fall into exact alignment when touching pin to pin. It came with 3 sizes of tool rests. All that should be needed (hopefully) will be weighting of the base to reduce vibration and an upgrade on the switch because this one is a simple toggle switch and bumping it with my leg could cause an unfortunate accident. Some type of safety switch should be added. Now, I just have to figure out where I will put it in my crowded shop/garage.

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Comments: Lathe as acquired from ad in Craigslist.
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Comments: Rockwell badge, model number and serial number
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Comments: Headstock with spur center
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Comments: Tail stock with dead center
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