My Wife Should Thank God I Don’t Have A Great Big Shop

Because I would be all over this like stink on shit.

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Wait until you read the Craigslist ad.

 Metal Lathe with extra parts 1902 off the battle ship Oregon – $500 (Eagle Point)

Metal Lathe with extra parts 1902 off the battle ship Oregon in good condition. Leather belt driven by electric motor
Built by Hamilton Machine company Hamilton Ohio USA
Not much else to say see pictures. $500

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My old Lady would shit a complete ring around herself if I disappeared for a day and then showed up with this.

Holy Fuck what a smoking deal.

The thing belongs in a museum to begin with but it would take a 10 ton mobile crane and a semi truck with a flatbed trailer to get it home.

As heavy as it looks you might even need to get a special trip permit to keep from getting an overweight ticket.

$500 bucks.

Are you fucking kidding me.

A guy could spend the rest of his natural life cleaning and restoring the damn thing but it would be pretty safe to say you would be the only one around with anything even near it.

Look at the size of the chuck on that monster!

16 thoughts on “My Wife Should Thank God I Don’t Have A Great Big Shop

    • About 15 years ago, I saw one similar to this at the DRMO in Norfolk, VA. There used to be some at the Washington Navy Yard but that was way before my time there.


  1. Oh, man. Temptation! Even for me. Let’s see, rent a car, drive 3300 miles out to Portland, rent a truck for the return trip… A couple of weeks on the road, turn that $500 lathe into a $3000 lathe, and still a bargain.

    If you fixtured it right, I bet you could turn an entire engine block. Don’t ask me why you’d want to, but it would be impressive.


    • I was wondering when SiG would show up and start drooling… Hell, I would help you load and drive! Question, how hard is it to change speed with those belts? It wouldn’t pass any OSHA inspection at all, what with all the open belts and drives.


      • Actually it’s really not that difficult, I worked on a lathe not as old and the mechanisms were considerably more modern (it was built in 1948) but the principle of functionality was quite the same.
        There was a lever to push to loosen the belt, changing gears was pretty fast, push that lever again to tighten the belt, done.


  2. With this lathe, iffn’ you didn’t have electricity, you could build a water mill with a PTO belt and still power that gorgeous hunk of steel


    • Better yet, refurbish an old steam tractor with PTO, indulge in the best of both worlds.

      Oh, to have that Atlas E bunker complex… Or that Sprint base in ND… Or that Nike base in Maine…

      Dang it. Come on, Publishers’ CH, take me away to the land of buying neat stuff!


  3. What a magnificent piece of machinery.

    Restoration would demand lots of time, expertise, and large wads of crumpled money. That puts it in the rich guys/howling fanatics area of responsibility. It’d be worth the effort and expense.

    It’s worth restoring it in order to leave a working monument to future generations, with a bronze plaque reading “This is how you do that.”


    • You know that at some time, that lathe was some Chief Petty Officer’s pride and joy and woe betide any Seaman that put a ding on it.


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