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02-18-2011 10:39 AM
11echo I'm here to TELL you the old stuff is GREAT!!! ...Here's another "machine" in my shop. The attached 3 pic.s tell pretty much the whole story.

...It amazes me what you find on the side of the road!
02-18-2011 09:49 AM
oldred Man that thing is nice!

I wouldn't consider this hijacking at all because it illustrates that old machinery is useful and it might prevent someone from underselling (or worse scrapping!) an older valuable machine. With scrap metal prices being at an all time high right now there is a lot of machinery meeting this fate, hard to believe but it happens. We hear about classic cars being found stored and neglected and the same thing actually happens to very useful machinery and often this machinery gets junked because of an unwary owner, these kinds of machines are really useful to our hobby here and I truly hope that old Sheldon finds as good a home and gets the TLC that your lathe obviously has.
02-17-2011 07:25 PM
11echo Well I shouldn't high-jack Wattsy thread ...BUT if you REALLY want me too!!!

This is a before shot

These are after it followed me home

As you can see I had an "issue" with the compound I made a new one!

...And few other "goodies"!

Still working on a "new" chip tray for it, as you can see mine is abit ...dated!
02-17-2011 05:47 PM
oldred How about some more pics from other angles and maybe some of the details about that old beast.
02-17-2011 05:37 PM
11echo OLDRED ...Man you DON'T want to short out your keyboard!!! Especially if'n it's 3PH powered!!!
02-17-2011 04:18 PM
oldred Dang Echo you caused me to slobber all over my keyboard, that thing is nice!

Actually the three phase motors are becoming quite a trick these days for reasons mentioned before. Using a phase converter is easy and works quite well but with single phase power a single phase motor usually makes more sense, at least it did in the past. Now three phase motors are becoming even more desirable than single phase even if the user has single phase power and some guys are even changing out their single phase motors for three phase type. With a three phase motor and single phase power the addition of a VFD will let those machines do all kinds of neat tricks no matter how old the design. With a VFD and three phase motor speed becomes infinitely variable without loss of torque at low speed and it also is instantly reversible with the same variable speed capabilities in reverse, all this with a simple dial and single phase power!
02-17-2011 02:05 PM
11echo I've got a lathe (monarch model A) that's near 100 yr.s old (+ -) and when I got it it had a 3 PH motor. I looked into all kinds of ways to try and use it ...there are afew, bottomline save yourself the heart ache and go out and get a single phase motor!

...Well worth the effort!!!
02-17-2011 11:06 AM
Originally Posted by bentwings
Those were almost brand new when I started in the machine shop. haha

Yeah I remember running one that was fairly new also, darn nice machines. From the way he worded the original post I was thinking he was about to sell that old Sheldon for scrap! He called it an "ancient thing" from the 60's or 70's, heck that is NEW to some people and lathes that are nearly 100 years old are still being used by some hobby machinists! There are a bunch of people who would love to get their hands on a decent Sheldon that is "only" 30 or 40 years old and if in even half-way decent shape it could bring as much or more than a new Chinese import of comparable size.
02-17-2011 10:18 AM
bentwings Those were almost brand new when I started in the machine shop. haha
02-06-2011 12:50 PM
Wattsy It looks extremely similar to that, has all the original paint that's obviously starting to fade. I guess we have a lot of the tools for it too? Yet to take pictures as it's Super Bowl Sunday, and snowing yet again!! Go Pack!
02-05-2011 11:39 AM
oldred Is this the machine you have? Is yours a 13" swing? What length bed?

This one is rough and still the guy wants about $1400 for it but I have seen better looking ones go for much more, reasonably clean and running they would easily bring twice that or more around this area.
02-05-2011 07:11 AM
Wattsy Thanks for the input guys.. It is a tid bit cold out at the moment, and with the snow storm here in Wisconsin, I have to climb over snow that's plowed higher than my truck to mess with it I'll try to throw some pictures up today possibly, if not on Tuesday after I clean it up with some brake clean so you can have a better look. The serial number and catalog number I wrote down last time I was out there.. I couldn't find any but maybe someone else knows something about it? The Serial number is: GR-72-P with the catalog number at GR-25229 I believe. If any of you would be able to find any information about it, I'd be forever in your debt!

02-05-2011 06:38 AM
3 phase converter

I have the capacator converter to run my Milling machine, It will only give me less that 2/3 of the rated motor HP, I can only run it slow. I have an old 3 phase motor for an idler-start. . first I have to turn on the power to the system, then start the 3 phase motor , then start the milling machine then I can turn off the 3 phase idler motor, it's a hassel. I priced a rotory converter. they run from 500 to 2 grand depending on the HP you need. A neighbor has 3 lathes in his shop, offered to sell me an 18 in X 12 ft monster that he has never wired up after buying it at auction . I also have a 9 ft tall drill press in the corner, never wired up and a 10 hp 3 phase compressor I got free, I will have to decide if i want to rewire and relocate machinery to get everything running. sometimes it's easier to farm out some machine work.
02-05-2011 05:39 AM
930dreamer Hello, what size 3 phase motor is on the Sheldon? Look into a VFD also. Can you post some pictures, thanks.
02-04-2011 06:07 PM
Mike H Here is a how to on Ebay it explains it in detail
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