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Neil - That's quite a verticle Turret lathe. Shops I've worked in had verticle boring mills up to 12 ft diameter tables, and the one shop had a huge KING that was 15 ft if I remember right.
Can't remember the manufacturer but DAD had a "POST DRILL" designed to run off line shafting, instead of a "post", it was big enough it was attached to a railroad tie. Two speeds via quick change sears, no automatic feed like I've seen on smaller post drills. The shafts and bearings were amazingly tight, very little looseness in the spindle. Dad made a speed reducer, a shaft with pulley on each end to drop rpm down to low single digits. It could turn twist drills about an inch in diameter with a fractional hp motor. Dad bought the equipment from a blacksmith's shop repair shop after WW2 that dated back to late 1800's. I saw much newer equipment in the Blacksmith shop recreation in the Henry Ford museum.

It's amazing what old machine tools can do! No quick change tooling, so you just leave them set-up to whatever the last job was, last guy might want another one!
 

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All of my better machines are older American made machinery. 40's 50's & 60's Vintage most of it from the 50's era. I have a 14 X 40 Import engine lathe It's been dependable & a "Bridgeport" clone knee mill. that I purchased both new in 1996. Have had to change complete Variable speed power head off the milling machine. literally was worn to the point repair parts were more than another new import head...
I have a second Knee/Horizontal mill that is Japanese made Now its a good solid piece of machinery.. the American stuff is Cincinnati, Warner & Swasey, Fosdick, Lucas.. I ran Hobart & Linde welding machines for years. Still have 1 old Hobart 300A wire feed. that gets used if something else goes down, but other welding machines are all Lincoln now.. I have a shop built metal bender 32" capacity in width (box & pan) style IDK what it's limits are but I have taken 30" of 1" to 90* with it. & a shop built, 5' X 10' CNC Oxy/Fuel Torch table
 

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Glad to see this thread pick back up! Probably due for some updates on my part as well...

I've since moved to my new property with a larger garage, which I have the 3rd stall of as my work area. It's not big but it's what I got for now. A pole shed is in the plans, but that's probably a couple of years down the road.

I've gotten to know my neighbor, he bought his house from his parents and lives there now with his kids. Along with the property came a big shop with all the fixin's. Along with the expected mill, lathe, welders, etc. there is a vac-form machine. I'm thinking it would be pretty neat to use the vac form to make a new boot for the desk discharge hookup on my Peco lawn vac.

Thanks for all the replies, really cool stuff here (especially some of those contraptions you've got, Neil :))
 

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Glad to see this thread pick back up! Probably due for some updates on my part as well...

I've since moved to my new property with a larger garage, which I have the 3rd stall of as my work area. It's not big but it's what I got for now. A pole shed is in the plans, but that's probably a couple of years down the road.

I've gotten to know my neighbor, he bought his house from his parents and lives there now with his kids. Along with the property came a big shop with all the fixin's. Along with the expected mill, lathe, welders, etc. there is a vac-form machine. I'm thinking it would be pretty neat to use the vac form to make a new boot for the desk discharge hookup on my Peco lawn vac.

Thanks for all the replies, really cool stuff here (especially some of those contraptions you've got, Neil :))
I'll be 65 in another month its pretty much a lifetime of collecting...LOL
 

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