This is the 3 ph power lathe I traded a Jet 1236 for. I was going to buy this Rockwell and sell the Jet. It had a busted traverse gear when I got it but for the price it was workable for a home shop.
The guy selling this Rockwell had never run a lathe but wanted one. He offered the trade of his 3 ph for my Jet that ran on 22Ov. Got this one running on a 3 phase converter last week.
I went to school to be a tool & die maker and worked as a machinist/pipe welder/turbine millwright for years. The most impressive lathe I ever saw was in Jacksonville, Fl. I had to travel to witness some critical machining on turbine components.
The vertical lathe with the 30 foot bed was nice but they had 1 lathe way in the back in it's own building. It was 177 inch swing (14 3/4 feet) and the bed was about 100 feet long. The operator rode the tool post. The access doors were embossed with the Nazi eagle. This machine was used to make *big* cannon barrels.
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