Help identifying mystery lathe: [Something]-American?

Help identifying mystery lathe: [Something]-American?

Post by Bob Knowlt » Sun, 03 Nov 1996 04:00:00



I'm kicking myself for not writing down the brand of the lathes
auctioned this week by the Houston Independent School District. There
were seven of them. All were named [something] - American. They had a
12" swing and at least a five-foot bed.  They were 230v, made entirely
of cast iron, and massive, with enormous cast iron beams supporting
the ways. The bases were cast iron, as were the access doors, which
were bolted shut.  I would guess each lathe weighed half a ton.  They
were variable speed, the speed control being a chrome handle and dial
on the front.

I couldn't measure the headstock spindle, but it looked larger than
the one on my Delta.

There was a sight glass approximately 1" in diameter through which you
could see into the headstock.   There were no tailstocks or other
accessories on any of them.  They were obviously old, but appeared to
be in good shape.

The highest price fetched was $200. The lowest was thirty dollars.

Anybody know what these were?  And would parts be available for them?
(Curiosity only. I didn't bid; my '74 Rockwell Delta industrial lathe
kept me out of the race.)

Thanks,

Bob Knowlton

 
 
 

Help identifying mystery lathe: [Something]-American?

Post by Gary V. Deutschmann, S » Sun, 03 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Hi Bob

A few industrial manufacturers used the name American behind their
name, Ideal/American, Yates-American, etc.
I had almost a whole machine shop of Ideal and Ideal/American
machines.
I really hated to have to depart with them, as almost every machine
was totally adjustable, used common size replacement parts, namely the
bearings.
But alas, all the machines were 208 triple-phase which was not
available where I was moving to.
On the up-side, the person who bought my old house, agreed to take all
the machines for a very fair price.

TTUL
Gary

 
 
 

Help identifying mystery lathe: [Something]-American?

Post by Bob Knowlt » Sun, 03 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>Knowlton post trying to identify auctioned lathes snipped]

Ed replied:

Quote:
>Was it Yates American, perhaps?

That's it. Yates American. Thanks!
 
 
 

Help identifying mystery lathe: [Something]-American?

Post by black.. » Sun, 03 Nov 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
>I'm kicking myself for not writing down the brand of the lathes
>auctioned this week by the Houston Independent School District. There
>were seven of them. All were named [something] - American. They had a
>12" swing and at least a five-foot bed.  They were 230v, made entirely
>of cast iron, and massive, with enormous cast iron beams supporting
>the ways. The bases were cast iron, as were the access doors, which
>were bolted shut.  I would guess each lathe weighed half a ton.  They
>were variable speed, the speed control being a chrome handle and dial
>on the front.

>I couldn't measure the headstock spindle, but it looked larger than
>the one on my Delta.

>There was a sight glass approximately 1" in diameter through which you
>could see into the headstock.   There were no tailstocks or other
>accessories on any of them.  They were obviously old, but appeared to
>be in good shape.

>The highest price fetched was $200. The lowest was thirty dollars.

>Anybody know what these were?  And would parts be available for them?
>(Curiosity only. I didn't bid; my '74 Rockwell Delta industrial lathe
>kept me out of the race.)

>Thanks,

>Bob Knowlton

Was it Yates American, perhaps?  I think I saw a Yates American radial
arm saw at a moving sale once. I was tempted to buy it, but it was about
twice as large as my shop!  Truely industrial machinery meant to be used.
I don't know if parts are still available.      

Ed