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Manufactured/Badged by:
Sears | Craftsman
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True Manufacturer:
Atlas Press Co., Kalamazoo, MI
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Metal Working Machinery
Machine Type: Lathe, Metal
Machine Size: 6" x 18"
Submitted By: D.L. Felton
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 101.07301
Date of Manufacturer: 1950 (or slightly later)
Serial Number: 6L 026634
Last Updated 9/9/2016 10:00:01 PM

Comments:
Purchased in late July 2016 from Doug _ in Boise Idaho. I know little about its history, other than the PO bought it as a project, and then realized he didn't have time for it (new job, new baby, etc.) It seems fairly complete, including full set of change gears & a 3-jaw chuck. The biggest problem was that back gear & bull gear had been chewed up, but have acquired replacements.

I've spent quite a bit of time cleaning it up, etc. and have just ordered tooling from Little Machine Shop. It came with a 1/3 HP Rockwell motor, but I think I'll probably use an older, quieter Century motor of the same size in the near term. If this machine proves useful, I'll probably put a 3-phase+VFD on it. I have learned a lot so far, and hope to do some useful work with it - ultimate objective is to learn enough to make parts/adapters for my wood lathes. Will post some after photos when it's back together.

I'm guessing this machine was produced in 1950 or shortly thereafter. While I've yet to discover a comprehensive serial number/date concordance list, another seemingly identical lathe registered here (http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=14815) with SN of 26049 was purportedly purchased in 1950 - mine is 585 serial numbers later, if I'm reading everything correctly. It is painted a rather distinctive blue-green-gray color, virtually identical to a Craftsman band saw I had and tentatively dated to 1954-1959.

Photo 1:

Comments: After cleanup, painting, etc. -ready to run
Source: My Canon, 9/6/16
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Photo 2:

Comments: Before-Craigslist photo
Source: PO (Doug), 7/23/16
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Photo 3:

Comments: Before-Craigslist photo
Source: PO (Doug), 7/23/16
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Photo 4:

Comments: change gears & spindle
Source: My Canon, 9/6/16
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Photo 5:

Comments: Motor (Century 1/4HP) & countershaft setup
Source: My Canon, 9/6/16
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Photo 6:

Comments: Badges, carriage & crossfeed
Source: My Canon, 9/6/16
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