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    Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    Folks,

    I have been looking for a lathe. Nothing big, but something for small to medium bowls and pens. I have been using a Jet Midi Lathe for years, which is with me at my overseas duty station. I have been looking to get another for my summers in states.

    An opportunity has come up on an Oliver 159 lathe which includes a variable frequency drive that will convert 110V, single phase, into 220V, 3-phase, for $700. Some details are: 3/4 HP, #2MT, thread 1.125", all pieces are present, weighs 600 lbs. And of course, I will have to drive about 5 hours to pick it up. A picture of it is below, or I tried to insert it. I have tried to upload the photo and it is in my gallery at this URL: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showp...-lathe&cat=500

    What do the experts think? Thank-you for all input. Guy

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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    A very clean looking older lathe. Unless it includes a lot of tooling, $700.00 seems just a bit high to me.

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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    Beautiful restoration on the lathe. Is the Baldor grinder for sale?
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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    as scott said it may be a bit high BUT it is an oliver and its restored. that lathe will prolly outlast all of us!
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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    for what that is i think it's an outstanding price.

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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    That would be money well spent!

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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    Well folks, I have worked out a deal with the seller and am now working out a time for seeing the lathe operate and pick it up. When working out our tentative deal, the seller went into a lengthy discussion on the machine, the new bearings in the motor and headstock, new pulley and belt, new electrical wiring, missing spindle lock, and the Delta banjo. Obviously, a project the seller has a lot of time and sweat into the renovation, and is proud of his result. Then, he went to include several items in the deal that made the decision just too easy.

    I am not that familiar with the Variable Frequency Drive (which is also a voltage and phase converter, as I understand it), so the seller is going to install it and run it when I show up. Apparently, the rpm's can then be controlled both by the Reeve's drive on the lathe (the big handle on the front of the lathe), but also by adjusting the frequency on the VFD. Could be very neat, but am hoping to get experienced views on that.

    And of course, I intended to load the lathe into the back of my 15 passenger van. So, if anyone has a good idea on how to unload it safely, by myself, since my helpers are all gone right now, I would be grateful. My previous method of sliding tools down a ramp always took two people, so I am not sure I can do that by myself. Being so top heavy and not sure I should lay it down on its back, I am less than sure of how to go about this movement. I was thinking of sliding it out from the van onto a sawhorse platform and then lowering it down. But now I am thinking that making a thick plywood base with wheels on the bottom, attaching it on pick up, and loading in my lower and open trailer instead, will make for a safer and easier operation. Anyone have any other ideas?

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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    Folks,
    Does anyone know the measurements of the base of an Oliver 159 lathe? Seller is on a trip, so I can't ask him until he returns, but I am working on building a rolling base for transport and ease of movement. The seller stated that bed was 32", but I think he meant the turn distance was 32" (which is really 36", as that is what Oliver produced, and in the picture I notice the motor is not fully at one end of the bed). If true, then the bed is really 60" and the legs are about 70" long and 24" wide at the bottom. How close is this?
    Thank-you,
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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    Aren't bricks a standard length with a standard amount of spacing between them? You should be able to get pretty close on length from the picture.

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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    Below is a link where you can download a pdf of the original mfg's literature on this model. it states the floor space to be 24" x 55-1/2"

    http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=966

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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    For transport, I would think you could take the legs off and that would also help you on the unloading side. I think you should be able to possible carry the legs or use a hand truck and then slide the bed down the ramp and use the same handtruck to move it into the shop/garage.
    I moved a vintage Yates American approx weight 400+ lbs by myselft with a hand truck. Once I got it all in the shop, I used to wooden shop stools to balance the bed (I had to shim it up to get to the right height) and then attached the legs. I think it will be easier than you think.
    Good luck with lathe, its a beauty.
    Just to let you know, the seller of that lathe is a well respected member over on the Vintage Machinery Site.
    Good luck with lathe, its a beauty.
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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    Guy, congrats on your new acquisition. Personally, I think that you made a good decision to purchase it and I'm glad that you bought it.

    You will find the VFD very easy to operate, once the seller shows you how it works. Most likely you will not adjust the reeves drive very often.

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    Andy, what a great idea about the bricks. Bricks are 8" long, and I count almost 8 of them plus 8 mortar spaces, which I add up to about 66". Since there are quite a few different models, the length of the bed varies. The 24" wide seems to be standard with Oliver.

    I have come up with a tentative plan. I suppose I could take it all apart, but perhaps I can avoid that. The seller has an engine lift and can set it in my trailer. I can back the trailer into my garage, lift up lathe with ropes to boards across the rafters, and then lower it down after removing the trailer.

    If still need to be able to roll it around when I get it to my workshop and garage, so after he lifts it up I intend to attach a frame of wheels that I made this afternoon. In the picture I notice there is a hole in the foot of each leg where a lag bolt can be attached.

    Is this a good plan? I have plastic and a tarp, but help me pray for dry weather on Saturday.

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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy in Paradise View Post
    Andy, what a great idea about the bricks. Bricks are 8" long, and I count almost 8 of them plus 8 mortar spaces, which I add up to about 66". Since there are quite a few different models, the length of the bed varies. The 24" wide seems to be standard with Oliver.

    I have come up with a tentative plan. I suppose I could take it all apart, but perhaps I can avoid that. The seller has an engine lift and can set it in my trailer. I can back the trailer into my garage, lift up lathe with ropes to boards across the rafters, and then lower it down after removing the trailer.

    If still need to be able to roll it around when I get it to my workshop and garage, so after he lifts it up I intend to attach a frame of wheels that I made this afternoon. In the picture I notice there is a hole in the foot of each leg where a lag bolt can be attached.

    Is this a good plan? I have plastic and a tarp, but help me pray for dry weather on Saturday.
    just use studded casters in the holes in the legs. how might you let this beast down with ropes? I would buy or borrow a chain hoist [I have one] or a block and tackle setup. If the rope slips you wont stop it. easiest way without the right equipment would be to remove the legs. It will load and unload much easier and will ride better too.
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    Re: Help with Oliver 159 Lathe opportunity

    Mine is a little larger and I always take it apart to move it. Much easier to move and safer both while moving and to get in and out of the shop. You will love the variable drive and the reeves will give you extended ranges.
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