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Craftsman Professional

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Henry Novak, Oct 7, 2020.

  1. Henry Novak

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    I have a 15 inch craftsman professional lathe I purchased around 20 years ago. It's really a great machine and I have done a lot with it. It had an optional tool rest set up for turning larger outboard bowls (the head turns and locks 90 degrees). The online parts lists etc all say these parts are <no longer available> however I wanted to see if anyone may have this outboard tool rest kit and not need or use it.
     
  2. John Torchick

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    Try www.ereplacementparts.com to see what they have. Craftsman contracts with manufacturers and changes a few parts so they won't interchange. You are forced to go to Sears for a part. Once a Craftsman part is gone, it is gone forever. BTW, used to have Craftsman contractors as customers.
    Good luck in your quest!
     
  3. Jim Woods

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    Henry, I have one. Are you near Gahanna, OH?
     
  4. John Torchick

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    Jim, you are a life saver! Complements on offering to help.
     
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    Glad you had good luck finding your part and with the Craftsman lathe. Our club was donated a Craftsman lathe when we first started the club. It was one of the worst lathes I've ever worked on. Nothing moved freely or locked down firmly and it was noisy.
     
  6. Henry Novak

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    981068_4162273915569_163138632_o[1].jpg Is it for the Craftsman Professional 15 inch lathe ? I am in the Pittsburgh area. How much do you want for it .
    Variable Speed WOOD LATHE Model No. 351.21 7150

    This lathe is rock solid and not at all noisy
     
  7. Jim Woods

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    Henry, here are a couple pics of the bracket.
     

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  8. Henry Novak

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    That looks like the one shown in the manual - I would love to get it but not sure how - maybe it would fit in a one price USPS large box that would ship for around $20 ? How much are you asking for it ?
     
  9. Jim Woods

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    Henry, I sent you a PM
     
  10. Glenn Lefley

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    You are a good man! That’s why I love woodturning, the people are always helpful, and it’s not a big group of secretive people.
     
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  11. Henry Novak

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    Thanks Jim - all set now !! IMG_1499.jpg
     
  12. JeffSmith

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    I started on one of those many years ago. Take care turning bowls with that thing. Make sure its very tight and secure. Small cuts and careful tool presentation - the slightest catch can put enough strain on that cast iron and result in a break that can be really dangerous. Stay well out of the danger zone. Using cast iron for those parts is probably one of the main reasons they’re hard to find these days...one of my best turning days was when that one rolled out the door to be replaced with a Jet 1642. The next best day was when the Jet left to make room for the Beauty.
     
  13. Henry Novak

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    Here's with the head turned outboard. I now can turn larger pieces - nice feature.
     
  14. Henry Novak

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    I can appreciate your comments and thanks !
    I am planning to edge work and large dia grooving -
     
  15. Jim Woods

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    Great, Henry. I will be looking forward to seeing pics of your larger turnings.
     
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    I hope you don't get a hard catch with that cast tool rest holder cantilevered out like that. I'd suggest you add a leg under that so it won't snap off.
     
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    I got started on a Craftsman. I had to have a lot of patience, I could bog it down easily, nice easy cuts. It was noisy. I do not miss her, LOL
     
  18. Henry Novak

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    I just slapped it on the lathe to take the pic - will make sure its as tight as possible when I'm actually turning -
     
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    also make sure the head is tightly secured. As I recall, there was a pin to secure at 90 degrees.
     
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  20. Jim Woods

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    I bet you will change out the spur drive too?
     
  21. Henry Novak

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    Here's a large dia tray I made and had laser engraved - Nice to be able to do larger diameters.
    Spur drive ? Not sure what you are referring to, please give me some specifics.

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  22. Jim Woods

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    Henry. looks good. I was kidding that you could not use the outboard bracket with the spur drive :)
     
  23. Henry Novak

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    Click on the link to see how large dias can be handled by this rotating head lathe !!
     
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