Looks like it started life as a metal cone lathe. Mebbe 1920 - 1940. Does it have variable speed for the motor? Otherwise two speed. Plain bronze bushings need oil. Usually have felt wick drip oilers. Most optimum woodworking speeds are at the top end of the old metal lathe rpms so oil it with something, both bushings. Yes, gunna make a mess underneath.
Re: Wood lathe questions in reply to olddog, 03-01-2013 05:12:56
Thank you, that makes sense. I will oil the bushings for now by dripping a drop into them every few minutes. A mess is okay with me. The link to the taper sizes is very helpful, I will go and measure. Zach
Re: Wood lathe questions in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 03-01-2013 15:39:43
Originally it was probably intended for straight 30w but any oil should be fine. Sometimes it's difficult to find straight 30w. I believe I may have been wrong on the brand of lathe. There is a place you might go called vintagemachinery.org that you might get more info. I went there yesterday but there was too many lathes there for my slow internet.
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