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Manufactured/Badged by:
Yates-American Machine Co., Inc.
Beloit, WI; Roscoe, IL; Liberty, NC

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Lathe, Wood
Machine Size: 12" x 39"
Submitted By: Harry Harsha
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: J-170 12" Lathe
Date of Manufacturer: ?
Serial Number: (View SN Registry Entry)
Last Updated 9/21/2006 5:24:07 PM

I purchased this Yates-American J 170 lathe at a farm sale. It appeared to have been abused and left setting for an extended period of time. I was worried about the variable speed drive components being stuck since the lathe appeared to have been in a moist environment. The drive components were fine but the spur center in the headstock was stuck fast. I thought it would never come out.


Model Number: J170
Serial Number: J170 - 815
Swing Over Bed: 12"
Swing Over Bed Gap: 15"
Distance Between Centers: 42"
Variable Speed Drive: approximately 630 to 3450 RPM
Spindle Thread: 1/18" - 8
Rear Spindle Thread: 1" - 8
Motor: hp Induction/repulsion motor Manufactured by Peerless Electric Copany

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Comments: Headstock
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Photo 2:

Comments: Restored Lathe
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Comments: Rubber Trim
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