I am a subscriber of your and a avid viewer. I also watch videos form Mr Pete222 and Tom over at Oxtoolco and must say that the admiration and respect that you all have for each other is heartwarming.
I know it would be impossible for you to respond to each Email but I thought I would send you photos of my two recent projects. The first is an F.E. Reed 9 x 24 lathe that I picked up on Craigslist for $100.00. I can’t really say that I did a restoration but I did completely disassemble it (which was the only way for me to get it down the basement steps by myself, clean and reassemble everything. This lathe has Bronze bearings which are adjustable for oil clearance and the run out on the spindle measures .005”. The machine was originally sold in Philadelphia but the company is no longer in business. There is no patent date or serial number that I could find and I am not sure of the age but it comes in handy when I have to make a bushing or put a finish on a round part.
The second is a Delta-Rockwell DP220 drill press which I also found on Craigslist for $100.00. It was made in 1948 according to the serial number and is complete with the exception of the light and remote switch option. There is no measurable run out on the spindle and operates very smoothly. The original induction repulsion motor is just about silent.
Hope I didn’t bore you too much but maybe this would be an inspiration for some of your viewers to get out there and save and restore some of these older machines because they offer some of the best value in equipment today. It doesn’t have to be a K&T mill or a Sibley drill press to be worth the time.