My new lathe is home

I swapped out a couple tools I wasn’t using and picked up this new (to me) lathe from a local seller. It’s a General 260-1 10 speed reeves drive woodturning lathe. It’s much better than my old one as it weighs over 500lb so it’s plenty stable and won’t vibrate easily.


High quality ribbed cast-iron headstock, tailstock, and bed.
Precision-machined bed guideways allow the tailstock and tool rest to slide smoothly.
Hinged headstock cover features a convenient speed ratio table.
Tailstock is equipped with an eccentric quick locking lever system.
High quality steel base including a one-piece cabinet with shelving.
Powerful North American designed, totally enclosed, fan cooled industrial motor.
All models equipped with a push-button “on/off” switch and a magnetic safety switch.

Swing-over bed capacity 12” (305 mm)
Swing-over gap capacity 16 1⁄2” (419 mm)
Max. Distance between centers 38” (965.2 mm)
Max. Distance with 60” extension (optional) 98” (2489 mm)
Floor to spindle center 41” (1041.4 mm)
Nose-inboard (r.h. thread) 1 1⁄4” – 8 (31.7 mm)
Nose-outboard (l.h. thread) 1 1⁄8” – 8 (28.5 mm)

Spindle bore 5⁄8” (16 mm)
Headstock / tailstock taper Morse no. 2
Tailstock spindle travel 2” (50.8 mm)
Turning speeds (Variable) 375 TO 3300 RPM
Motor M2 – 1 HP, 230 V, 1 Ph, 12.8 A
Weight 564 LBS (256 kg)

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