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Unknown Lathe No. 185

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A simple but honestly-built little plain-turning lathe of about 3 inches centre height and perhaps 11 inches between centres. Although of a commercial quality the lathe does display some evidence of modification by a home machinist. Features typical of an inexpensive lathe (designed for casual use by an amateur) are plain, spilt headstock bearings, two spindle speeds, a cantilever-form bed with a flat top and 60 V-edges, an overhung leadscrew passing through a full nut bolted to the underside of the saddle (hence no need for an apron) and turned with a handle at the tailstock end of the bed, and the most limiting factor a single, cross slide that could not even be swivelled. As a slight compensation, the toolpost was of the quick-set "Norman patent" type that could be slid up and down a round bar to set the height of the cutting tool.
Although this lathe would be better not having one at all, the bare specification for such a lathe would be on the lines of the Wizard and Lane Micro, lathe with a proper compound slide rest and a three-speed drive.
The country of origin is unknown, but might be Germany.





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Unknown Lathe No. 185
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