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    b.c. ames lathe
    looking at vintage site, it was primarily a small precision metal lathe, but this one has a banjo and toolrest. oem? dont know
    literature on the vintage site indicate the lathe has an internally threaded spindle for various collets, no external threads

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    my shop is a beaver lodge
    steve, sarnia, ont




    1940's Craftmaster Lathe

    https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/
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    Re: Im considering this little lathe for pen turning

    If it were here I would have bought it by now. Not that I need it, but just love those old machines. Its missing the tool carriage and it is probably not realistic to expect to find one, but it certainly would qualify as a very cool lathe for turning pens. Now that you are an expert on flat belts, you definitely should get it. I actually can't believe that it hasn't already been taken.

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      Re: Im considering this little lathe for pen turning

      the downside of it is that the headstock spindle holds a proprietory collett that is tightened by the handwheel. id need a 1/4 collett to fit it, they call it a spring chuck

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      my shop is a beaver lodge
      steve, sarnia, ont




      1940's Craftmaster Lathe

      https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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        Re: Im considering this little lathe for pen turning

        I wondered what that thing under the headstock was

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          Re: Im considering this little lathe for pen turning

          I think you should get it before I do haha. I found collets, carriages, parts and complet machines on ebay but for A LOT. I've also seen info on it on sites like practical machinist. Didn't find any real info on it in what I read other than it might use Pratt and Whitney collets. Also found a parts manual for your new lathe so you can see if the banjo is stock.

          https://www.ebay.ca/itm/AMES-A-200-A...UAAOxyVX1RuNUQ

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            Re: Im considering this little lathe for pen turning

            Originally posted by tool fan View Post
            I wondered what that thing under the headstock was
            i dont know, unfortunately its 3 hours from me!!
            my shop is a beaver lodge
            steve, sarnia, ont




            1940's Craftmaster Lathe

            https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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              Re: Im considering this little lathe for pen turning

              I looked at the listing again and see that the seller also has listings in Barrie. I thought that maybe that would help, but now see that Barrie is even farther away. Too bad as I would really like to see what you would do with this lathe.

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                Re: Im considering this little lathe for pen turning

                Originally posted by tool fan View Post
                I looked at the listing again and see that the seller also has listings in Barrie. I thought that maybe that would help, but now see that Barrie is even farther away. Too bad as I would really like to see what you would do with this lathe.
                yeah me too!!

                unfortunately its missing the colletts that are used in the headstock spindle, "spring chuck" in the diagram
                my shop is a beaver lodge
                steve, sarnia, ont




                1940's Craftmaster Lathe

                https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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                  Re: Im considering this little lathe for pen turning

                  So here's a link to a site with some dimensions of the collets it may have used. http://www.tools-n-gizmos.com/specs/C_Collet.html

                  Maybe you could get one made for a decent price?

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                    Re: Im considering this little lathe for pen turning

                    Originally posted by Beaverfever1988 View Post
                    So here's a link to a site with some dimensions of the collets it may have used. http://www.tools-n-gizmos.com/specs/C_Collet.html

                    Maybe you could get one made for a decent price?
                    The key word is ''may"! once you know for sure what size collet it will be possible to find them on ebay.

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