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.)