Have the original manual dated 1937! Two things: it appears there is a lot of sawdust on the various parts - you want to get that off as soon as possible as it attracts moisture and will be a constant source of corrosion aka rust! There may come a time when you or a child develop an interest. If you are interested in the materials I have and you have something that I am missing in regards to the Atlas lathe please E-mail me and I will trade you for what you have as I am doing this to learn more about the tools I have! Their pricing is also at the gold and platinum levels. Some prefer a tacky oil for the open gears. It's a weak phosphoric acid solution that will quickly dissolve the rust. Q1: What should I do to prepare for using it? One of the first items I purchased was a Craftsman Atlas Metal Turning Lathe Model 101. . Please note : The pictures are given to show a general idea of the models covered in each manual.
I'm on my 4th and nicest 618, but yours is nicer than mine. The original one in your pictures is not very good. What cleaning products and methods are recommended? You'll have a lot of fun with it. It looks like yours has seen little use. The only remaining area might be on the left end of the headstock under the banjo change gear bracket or quadrant or on some machines under a steel plate that shields the back side of the screw gear. As to shade, your best bet, or at least first step, if either or both of your machines have not been repainted some other color, is to look for a spot on one or both of them with original paint that has not been exposed to light or not exposed much over the past 30 to 70 years. The pictures were so small, I couldn't even tell what color it was.
One of the biggest challenges I faced after I bought the lathe was finding a good source for information about the lathe, its operation, and the various parts and attachments for it. I'll probably keep the Atlas. That price for the Fenner is good with the free shipping and it will be a bit more than you need for the main drive as I recall. As to color which may be what your question actually was , unfortunately none of the Craftsman Power Tools or Atlas catalogs between 1934 and 1981 that I have which if most of the former and half a dozen of the latter are actually in color. Clean, lube assemble, lube again, and wipe down. Seriously, though, the one thing that we can be pretty sure of is that all of the Atlas lathes were originally painted with red lead primer and lead based enamel.
The book is 128 pages in length and the book was carefully disassembled to allow me to get excellent full-page scans of every page in the manual. Some of you guys probably view this little gem as a paper weight, but I'm hoping for some assistance, starting with pre-use prep. Nice looking lathe, I have the newer version With Timken bearings yours is babbet bearings i believe. The main 'ugrade' I made was to make an up to date tool holder. All of the manuals are printed on thick white paper to withstand shop wear and tear.
When we get the Downloads section fully back up and running, I'm going to replace that one with one that only covers the change gear model. Most of the manuals I reproduce look better than their originals. Hello Jim, Just to echo what so many have already said, the 618 is definitely not a lightweight and there have been many amazing things made with nothing more than what you have. The other thing is make sure you contact Clausing directly for any required parts - they still carry many, if not most, and often their prices are a fraction of what used items go for on evilBay. But all of the photographs are black and white what would be called today gray scale. Be sure to oil well afterward. I had a pristine 618 that was my pride and joy for a number of years and only got rid of it much to my chagrin because I didn't have room for two lathes in my small shop.
They are the makers of these lathes etc so they are the place to go. Pierre Ron, There is no operator's manual specifically on the 101. I found this Craftsman 101. Sears sells parts but the mark up from Clausings is too much and auction sites are used and abused parts. It appears that most if not all of the parts have never been removed. This image shows all of the key locations that need to be oiled on the 12-inch Atlas Metal lathe. As I clean it up and spend time looking carefully at every part, I'm becoming convinced that it was rarely used.
Once it's clean, re-adjust the gibs on all the slides and you should be good to go. Includes extensive parts diagrams and parts lists, lubrication charts, speed charts and information on setting lathe speed, and wiring information. Take care in getting the gibs as flat as possible, polishing on a flat plate and 400 sandpaper as needed, then adjusted as good as possible. Includes complete diagram with parts list, threading chart, and full operating instructions. The Format This manual formatted with in introduction and then is broken down into 12 sections which vary in pages.
Don't be tempted to repaint yours, it looks fine. I was fortunate in being able to pick up an Emco Maier Maximat V10-P with milling head, a much larger lathe 10 X 26 with geared headstock, Norton QuickChange gearbox for threading, and a very accurate lathe. Thanks for the parts tip. There aren't even any scratches on screwheads and no indication that any bolt ever had a wrench on it except the tool holder. I have professionally digitally edited every page, and removed stains, wrinkles and handwriting. Atlas Lathe Threading Charts: The Threading Charts include information and settings used with the Atlas Lathe to obtain various threading combinations when threading metal with the Atlas lathe.