I've been working on restoring a lathe I picked up a few months ago. It is an Atlas 12". It had been sitting outside (under cover) and had a lot of surface rust on it. Additionally, some of the assemblies were frozen.
But the critical surfaces were true and not all scarred up, and I got it for a really good price!
Atlas's are considered "hobby class" lathes and are not as rigid as the more robust South Bends, Clausings, and LeBlonds, The 12" is "relatively" light at about 400 pounds. It is critical that you mount them solidly, so I built a VERY sturdy table to mount it on.
Once everything got cleaned up and freed up, I put a coat of machinery paint on it and got it wired up. Runs good now.
And to make it GT applicable, I put it to it's first "real" use to clean up and true a mower deck pulley for the 316 onan deck I am rebuilding!
This lathe will take up residence in Florida, and is repacing a 7x14 chinese lathe. My big lathe is in the shop up in Tennessee - that one is a Hendey 16x48 - a 6,000 lb monster that runs on 3 phase power! But I still do projects in Florida some times, so the bigger lathe will come in handy.
Heres a couple pictures of the Atlas......
And the old lathe it is replacing...