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Sears | Craftsman

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Lathe, Wood
Machine Size: 9"x30"
Submitted By: Curtis Garrett
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 103.23870
Date of Manufacturer: 1953
Serial Number: none
Last Updated 6/1/2015 12:06:24 PM

I bought this Craftsman wood lathe from a guy in Poteau Oklahoma for $115 on the original Craftsman castered metal stand with a 1/2-hp Craftsman/Packard motor...5 carbide tipped Craftsman turning tools...several centers...a buffing arbor and the optional extra long tool rest. His dad bought this machine brand new in Tulsa Oklahoma around 1953. The lathe has it's original paint on it and is in excellent condition seeing very little use...I have replaced the drive belt...resurfaced the old seasoned Southern Yellow Pine top...added a toggle switch to the front in a metal box and replaced the electrical cord. I just need to repaint the original stand only but this lathe is in perfect working order ready to do some nice turings for the next 50 years.

You can requst a nice copy of the manual for this lathe free from Emerson Tool Co. at 800-325-1184 or e-mail them at ridgidwoodworking.com. Make sure to include your lathes model number in your request. Emerson Tool bought out all of the King-Seeley designs in 1964 and still has all the manuals for their machines on file.

For a nice history on Craftsman/King-Seeley Model 80 9" swing wood lathe...the Dunlap Model 40 8" swing wood lathe... and the final evolution and last American made Craftsman lathe; the 12" swing wood lathe on the 2 1/4" steel tube that appeared in the 1960 catalog go to the link below.


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Comments: 1953 Craftsman/King-Seeley 9" wood lathe
Source: C.Garrett
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Comments: Front view of wood lathe
Source: C.Garrett
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