View Full Version : Need info, ATLAS Lathe

08-18-2011, 11:11 AM
My stepfather purchased this lathe a while back and he doesnt know much about it. I know ATLAS was very popular in the 40's and 50's. Can anybody help me identify this lathe? Model, type, year, is it collectable, etc. etc. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

This beauty gets used once in a blue mood and she hums right along and seems to not care waht kind of work shes doing. I must admit that my knowledge on how to use these is almost non-existant. Ive only used it once or twice with the assistance of my stepfather. He was thinking of selling to somebody who would get better use out of it. There just isnt much use since he retired.









Rick (madera)
08-18-2011, 11:19 AM
Hi Ben and welcome to Metalmeet. this is a metal shapping forum not a machinist forum you might have better luck at this link for more information on the lathe

Chris Bspoke
08-18-2011, 12:10 PM
Try looking on www.lathes.co.uk . You'll find all you need to know there

Cheers Chris C

08-18-2011, 12:40 PM
It looks to be a 12" not a 10" tall compound and block under tail stock, look closely at the headstock see if you see "Timken" on it this would mean it has ball bearings instead of babbit bearings. The places Rick and Chris mention have good info, here is the best place for Atlas craftsman lathe owners http://groups.yahoo.com/group/atlas_craftsman/?yguid=224448362 also these websites http://www.machinistweb.com/forum/index.php http://hobby-machinist.com/index.php http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net
There are replacement parts out there and they do work well, just not like some of the bigger machines out there. I've had one for 16 years would not trade it, If you need help pm or email me, I can tell you what I did or point you in the right direction. oil her up real good!!!! it has oil port all over!!!! give it time to soak in!!! tt;)

08-20-2011, 09:07 AM
That looks just like my atlas / clausing 12x 48. There should be
A metal tag on the end of the bed with serial umber.if not, post a couple
Of the casting part numbers, i have a replacement parts manual for different 12 " atlas lathes.
pm me and i can send some other info to you.

08-22-2011, 03:22 PM
Thanks everybody for all your help! I am greatly appreciated of the info that I recieved from everybody. I will take the next few days to process over all the information. I will PM anybody who has offered advice, again, I cannot thank you guys enough!

08-22-2011, 04:09 PM
Your pictures remind me of Ken Burt. His tag line was, "anybody seen the key I left in the chuck?"