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Manufactured/Badged by:
Rockwell Manufacturing Co.
Pittsburgh, PA

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Lathe, Wood
Machine Size: 12"
Submitted By: Carl Bukowsky
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Heavy Duty Wood Lathe
Date of Manufacturer: 1965
Serial Number: 1617925
Last Updated 12/3/2019 9:09:02 AM

Comments:
This Rockwell lathe was another 2019 CL find for me, and it was only 3 miles from where I live. The previous owner had recently retired from a local shop that manufactured wood doors, windows, and stairways, and he bought all of their older machines for his new home shop. This lathe was an extra so I was happy to get it. I had to disassemble it to get it off the back of my truck and so I didn't think to get a 'before' photo. It was working when I bought it, but it needed a full restore; over the next month I took it all apart, cleaned and painted, top to bottom. Replaced the bearing in the headstock, motor and the belt drive train. I removed all the badges and nameplates so I could restore them (actually made reproductions of each using new artwork from original nameplates). The round Rockwell nameplate was gone, but I got a replacement for it. It was missing parts and had some damaged parts so all of those were found and replaced. All the wiring was removed and new wiring installed, along with an AC power outlet box to connect the motor and supply AC to the digital speed display (my mod to read spindle speed in RPM). I replaced the tailstock handwheel and added a ball knob to the lock handle for the tailstock. The cover panel for the motor/belt drive assembly was missing and very rare to find, so I made one from parts. The louvered section was bought and I spot-welded it into a 14 ga steel panel. Did some body work on it to smooth and hide the seams, painted it up, and now it's like factory-fresh. This lathe has a 1 HP motor and a Reeves pulley system that provides variable-speed control; 340 – 3200 rpm with constant torque since the motor only runs at full speed. I added a custom Digital Display over the headstock to indicate the current spindle rotation speed. The gap bed at the head stock allows up to 12” turning and the rear spindle of the headstock has left-hand threads for outboard turning too. Everything about this lathe is heavy-duty and it weighs about 550 pounds. If you ever find another for sale just buy it, you won't go wrong by it.

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Comments: Running at 412 RPM
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Comments: Beauty Shot....Completed
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Comments: As found...needs TLC !
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Comments: Restored Closeup
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Comments: Made all new badges, using new artworks
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Comments: Before and After
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