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    New old lathe

    Managed to purchase a lathe the other day. Wasn't looking at buying one really but couldn't resist the Dutch auction. This thing could be as old as 1925 and will need a bit of work to get it up and running. Looking forward to picking it up at the weekend. The factory was renowned for being very fussy, if the lead screw was out by more than 0.001" over any inch or 0.003" over any foot it was rejected.



    Comes with plenty off accessories. Think there will be a few treasures in there. It has a milling slide and I can see a gear cutter and arbour in there.





    One of the first things after cleaning and oiling will be making a countershaft to actually be able to run it.

    I just love machinery, especially old stuff like this.
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    Those 3jaw chucks are worth a bomb, at least for my wood lathe they were

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    repower it with a side valve v8 to keep it original nice old lathe tho
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    There is a similar milling slide on Trademe at the moment with $255 bid on it.
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    are you even going to be able to get it in that shed of yours?
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    I'll donate you a 1 HP single phase motor if you need one, freights on you
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Is it belt driven from a steam engine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maca49 View Post
    I'll donate you a 1 HP single phase motor if you need one, freights on you
    Big ups Maca. Generous to a fault.
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    It's that one I repaired for you, you forgot didn't youy
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    What is it? A Myford?

    The box of bits would be worth more than the lathe....its always the accessorys and tooling that eats up the dollars.
    good score.
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    This dude is like you and likes doing up lathes. Best you hook up a decent torch light for those tight threading jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longrange308 View Post
    are you even going to be able to get it in that shed of yours?
    I've had a bit of a dung out. More to go though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sako75 View Post
    Is it belt driven from a steam engine?
    Yes. Was one onboard all the Brit naval ships and it ran off a shaft running through the workshop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    What is it? A Myford?

    The box of bits would be worth more than the lathe....its always the accessorys and tooling that eats up the dollars.
    good score.
    Very close, it is a Drummond. During WWII the war office uplifted everthing to do with this lathe and gave it to Myford to produce so that Drummond could concentrate on bigger machines for the war effort. This lathe was the basis of the successful Myford line. Drummond made the Maximat line. I have't seen this in the flesh yet so not sure if it is a Drummond or a Myford M type long bed modellers lathe.

    Those boxes of bits would likely cost a thousand or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maca49 View Post
    I'll donate you a 1 HP single phase motor if you need one, freights on you
    Thanks Maca. It should be run with a four pole motor with the factory countershaft but since it doesn't have one I should be able to adapt pretty much anything.
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