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Offline awemawson

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Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« on: January 11, 2015, 12:18:29 PM »

ebay item #191479009764 - a rather nice Dean Smith and Grace lathe needing just a little bit of TLC  :lol:

Sitting at 100 which is probably less than the scrap value, it seems a tragic end to what has been a superb lathe
Andrew Mawson
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2015, 12:48:28 PM »
It can live again.

DS&G are just down the road from me. I remember as a youth that they had the main door open on Pitt Street where they made the lathes. I often used to linger a while and watch.  Their foundry was on Lawkholme Lane.

They still have a much smaller operation going on. So they can probably supply any information needed.



Where I worked until my retirement (Keighley Laboratories) we had a DS&G tool room lathe.  Sadly,  not getting the tlc it deserves.

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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2015, 01:23:46 PM »
It is a 13Z, same as my first lathe from the 1970's (the lathe itself is much older, probably 30's to 50's) excellent machine, but I dont think DS&G ever made a bad un!

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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2015, 02:37:26 PM »
Do you get the 4 cans of Karlburg with it ?
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2015, 02:46:54 PM »
My sort of challenge, but, I'm not in a position to carry it out at the moment!

Never mind, regards, Matthew.

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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2015, 05:24:41 PM »
Hah problem, just a brush down and a quick Brillo pad and Robert is your dad's brother.  :loco:

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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2015, 05:40:25 PM »
Wish it was here.
I love it when a Plan B comes together!
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2015, 05:10:32 PM »
Blimey that's had a hard old life. In Carlisle too so it might even have been under water. Lord knows there's enough flotsam about the floor :D

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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2015, 05:39:50 PM »
I think it could be made a very usable machine with a couple of days effort put in.  Surface rust on cast iron  bedways often looks far worse than it actually is.....OZ.
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2015, 03:53:38 AM »
This is true. My Churchill looked quite bad in the pics but with some tlc and machine enamel it looks and works very well. Pity I'm out of room :(
Lee.
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2015, 03:59:25 AM »
I agree it probably looks far worse than it is - it's a lot of lathe for the asking price.
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2015, 11:27:16 AM »
Andrew/Lee, If either of you know anyone who is remotely interested in owning a lathe I would be recommending them to go and look at this machine. Dean Smith & Grace toolroom lathes are very hard to better for accuracy and robustness.

If I didn't have other immediate commitments at present I would be very tempted by this machine......OZ.
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2015, 01:18:55 PM »
Hmmm not that far from me but I have no idea whether a) it would fit in my Ford Fiesta b) the weight of it and c) whether its single phase or 3 phase? but might e tempted..

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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2015, 01:30:31 PM »
a/ No !
b/ Probably 1 to 2 tons
c/ Probably 3 phase

So with all three ducks not only NOT lined up but actually SUNK you definitely need to go for it - you know it makes sense  :lol:
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2015, 03:09:51 PM »
Laughing out loud! :D

I have visions of a wacky races outcome now.. I think it might be way out of my league, maybe another time..
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2015, 03:26:50 PM »
...... wimp ...... :clap:
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2015, 03:41:59 PM »
 :thumbup:

Well I have been known to do mad things.. so I may see how it goes then worry about logistics later

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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2015, 03:47:17 PM »
I know that you just want to jump in and give the lad a hand Andrew. I've already got my popcorn and soda ready for the first event.

:mmr:


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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2015, 04:10:54 PM »
Its a while since I've been called a lad ;) and I can make a fool of myself all on my own :)

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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2015, 04:11:34 PM »
I'd love to getting it back into nice looking & working condition - it really pains me to see what was once a really nice machine look ready for the scrap yard. Sadly at the wrong end of the country for me, and believe it or not I've actually run out of space  :scratch:
Andrew Mawson
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2015, 04:16:48 PM »
I'd love to getting it back into nice looking & working condition - it really pains me to see what was once a really nice machine look ready for the scrap yard. Sadly at the wrong end of the country for me, and believe it or not I've actually run out of space  :scratch:

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i think you will have to remove one of the farm buildings and start another shed project :dremel:

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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2015, 04:55:53 PM »
"i think you will have to remove one of the farm buildings and start another shed project :dremel:"

Estimated 4,000 sq foot at the moment ..... well I do need a new tractor shed ..... and a new lambing shed .... or I could evict a tenant from one of my 40' containers .....

.... or flog the lot and take up stamp collecting indoors ...  :lol:
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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2015, 05:15:17 PM »


.... or flog the lot and take up stamp collecting indoors ...  :lol:

From what I could see when I visited you in December, you don't appear to be about to move!

Regards, Matthes

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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2015, 05:23:45 PM »
Oh my  :Doh: didn't know I was going to start a sand storm with that comment Andrew.

Cheers  :beer:

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Re: Anyone fancy a REAL challenge
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2015, 05:34:01 PM »
Not far from me & I am looking for a bigger lathe
Just a bit too big for me (available space)
Be a shame to see it scrapped
John