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    A big surprise!

    I had two little Atlas lathes. I probably spent $125. buying them. A few years ago, I faced the truth, I wasn't going to restore them. I gave them to a friend I knew would treat them well. I hoped he could make one from two.
    His restoration was over the top! He perfected each tiny part, replacing many, machining others, 3D printing accessories, & re chroming tiny widgets not available. I kidded him it was too perfect, he'd never use it.

    He has used it many times, each time cleaning it & oiling to show quality perfection. He was dismayed to learn the base was not original, but a base from another machine altered to fit, he built new closely matching the specs of original.

    A couple years ago he had a stroke. He's mostly recovered, but a bit shaky. This late spring he needed a new roof on his 1960s ranch house, couldn't find a roofer. Several calls failed to find anyone with available time. I drove past, was surprised he had the roof stripped & covered with roll sheeting, then no progress. I asked about it. He was desperate, roof was leaking. He stripped it, covered with roll underlayment, but couldn't find a roofer to reshingle. He confessed he didn't trust himself on the roof.

    Seth & I shingled his roof. It wasn't his idea, I volunteered, I wouldn't accept payment.

    Today, he presented me with the second lathe restored. The first was 1941 model year, I think a low production year for small lathes. Mine is 1945, I think also low production.

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    An optimist is usually wrong, and when the unexpected happens is unprepared. A pessimist is usually right, when wrong, is delighted, and well prepared.

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    Re: A big surprise!

    This is the kind of thing I like to read, thanks for posting it. You did a good thing, twice. I hope he gets better. Enjoy your lathe.

    Tony

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    Re: A big surprise!

    That was a dam nice gesture from both of you. There should be more people like the both of yuh's.
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    Re: A big surprise!

    what a great story!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie B View Post

    Seth & I shingled his roof. It wasn't his idea, I volunteered, I wouldn't accept payment.
    That is the essence of rural Vermont: a person in need not willing to impose on others for help, and a neighbor stepping up to help on his own accord.

    Very nice looking lathe by the way! Is that a milling machine in the background to the right?
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    Good on you Willie, 'ur a good 'un. What goes around comes around.......Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcTan View Post
    That is the essence of rural Vermont: a person in need not willing to impose on others for help, and a neighbor stepping up to help on his own accord.

    Very nice looking lathe by the way! Is that a milling machine in the background to the right?
    Big lathe. 1904 model year. It does 20" diameter X 53" between centers, 1-1/2" through the hollow shaft. Biggest challenge was it was built to run from a 540 RPM line shaft. Single phase motors are hard & dear to find other than 1725 RPM. A good friend found me a gear box made to reduce motor speed to slow it down. I can get down to 12 RPM, or up to 3000 If I recall.
    An optimist is usually wrong, and when the unexpected happens is unprepared. A pessimist is usually right, when wrong, is delighted, and well prepared.

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    Re: A big surprise!

    Great looking lathe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie B View Post
    I had two little Atlas lathes. I probably spent $125. buying them. A few years ago, I faced the truth, I wasn't going to restore them. I gave them to a friend I knew would treat them well. I hoped he could make one from two.
    His restoration was over the top! He perfected each tiny part, replacing many, machining others, 3D printing accessories, & re chroming tiny widgets not available. I kidded him it was too perfect, he'd never use it.

    He has used it many times, each time cleaning it & oiling to show quality perfection. He was dismayed to learn the base was not original, but a base from another machine altered to fit, he built new closely matching the specs of original.

    A couple years ago he had a stroke. He's mostly recovered, but a bit shaky. This late spring he needed a new roof on his 1960s ranch house, couldn't find a roofer. Several calls failed to find anyone with available time. I drove past, was surprised he had the roof stripped & covered with roll sheeting, then no progress. I asked about it. He was desperate, roof was leaking. He stripped it, covered with roll underlayment, but couldn't find a roofer to reshingle. He confessed he didn't trust himself on the roof.

    Seth & I shingled his roof. It wasn't his idea, I volunteered, I wouldn't accept payment.

    Today, he presented me with the second lathe restored. The first was 1941 model year, I think a low production year for small lathes. Mine is 1945, I think also low production.

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    Re: A big surprise!

    Great story, you're a nice guy!
    What about the Powermatic planer!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vwguy3 View Post
    Great story, you're a nice guy!
    What about the Powermatic planer!!!!!
    That arrived last weekend. One of my extra sons upgraded. I paid what he had in it.
    Years back I had a 24" 5HP, sweet machine. It was in the "sugar house" when the flood buried it. That day the Lord tooketh & giveth. I lost possessions, gained cynicism. Cynicism has brought me benefits optimism took away.

    In times of catastrophe, government gives. When government gives, only the well connected receive. Those who have lost assume huge mortgages to make the well connected more wealthy.
    An optimist is usually wrong, and when the unexpected happens is unprepared. A pessimist is usually right, when wrong, is delighted, and well prepared.

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    Re: A big surprise!

    Awesome story Bill!
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