This machine came with a good selection of tooling and accessories which is a big plus when machinery shopping. One of the unique features of the Sheldon R series lathes is a tooling slide or positionable compound rest. Normal lathes the compound rest and tool post mount are mounted to a fixed location on the apron. On the Sheldon this mount is actually movable. One of the primary uses of this feature is to attach a second tool post with an additional tool similar to what you see on some Hardinge lathes. The second handy thing you can do is move the tool post to the side away from the operator to cut internal tapers with the compound rest.
The negatives on this machine at least for me is the electrical system had been modified. Not necessarily a death warrant, it really depends on how it was done. This machine was retrofitted with a variable frequency drive. Not a bad thing but the devil is in the details. Remember I said there was no power to run this machine? Now I worry a little because I cant fire it up and run it. Looking in the electrical cabinet didn't help my peace of mind.
So over all these things are not necessarily bad things. In fact my over all assessment of the lathe was very good even though I couldn't run it. It was not the machine for me. I went to examine it because it looked pretty good and I know the Sheldon R series of lathes pretty well. The price was okay, not a super deal but not used machinery dealer prices either. This would be a great machine for a larger home shop mainly because of the ability to run the VFD off single phase electricity. My needs and desires are more for a Japanese or European machine with metric threading abilities.
To be continued......