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Manufactured/Badged by:
Sears | Craftsman

True Manufacturer:
King-Seeley Corp.-Central Specialty Division, Ann Arbor, MI; Ypsilanti, MI
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Lathe, Wood
Machine Size: 9" swing x 30"
Submitted By: Luke P
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 103.23070 Lathe Model 80
Date of Manufacturer: 1948- mid 50's
Serial Number: 103.23070
Last Updated 2/2/2007 1:12:18 AM

While visiting my parents my dad and i went on a old tool hunt at the salvage yard. After a hour or so of looking at all the amazing metal objects, which included a massive 10' tall mountain of electric motors, we were on our way out an spotted this gem on a wood pallet.

I found a earlier craftsman motor at the same place that should power this machine well. I got the approx date of manuf. from this link: http://www.lathes.co.uk/craftsmanwood/page3.html

This lathe has a keyless chuck in place of the normal spur piece. It is also missing the headstock end cover. When we got the lathe home and set it up on a makeshift bench, it ran like a beauty. Absolutely no visible runout on the spindle.

I have never used a lathe before and look forward to learning as I restore it. Feel free to email me about this lathe or ones like it offered by craftsman. The stories and personal history is one of the best parts of old tools, besides of course the actual use of the tool. :-)

UPDATE 2-1-07
I've finished restoration and now am designing the base for it. I think it came out great for my first resto. the ornate headstock cover plate is a little dirty but other than that the whole thing got dipped, wire-wheeled, and painted up via my devilbiss jga 502. (read more about the resto here: http://theoldmachine.com/index.php/2006/09/10/craftsman-30-lathe/)

[Admin note: updated the manufacturer-1Aug06]

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Comments: As found in the scrap yard
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Photo 2:

Comments: Restored!
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Comments: Tailstock area
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