Date added: 12/10/2021 20:13:36
This Zyto Lathe will make a great restoration project with a little research and dedication by an enthusiast. It has been very kindly appraised by Model Engineer member "Pete Rimmer" (see below) who as you will see has extensive knowledge. Appraisal: What I can say is that the lathe appears to be 100% complete and aside from the grimy appearance and very light surface rust is in remarkable condition and seen very little use. Here's a quick rundown. The model appears to be the "now rare early Zyto" listed on the Lathes website as linked by another Member "Michael G". It has a working backgear with all the teeth in perfect condition. It also appears to have a full set of screwcutting change gears (10 in total) and the tumbler reverse works although the tiny actuating lever needs attention There is little or no wear apparent on the bedway. The original planing lines are evident all along the length of the top even (faintly) right up to the chuck. There are no digs or dents on it at all that I could see. The swivelling slide is complete and bears no battle scars. I didn't move the slide except to check it's not seized and external inspection shows no wear. The leadscrew is in fine condition showing little use and certainly very little wear in the usual spot in front of the chuck. The lathe has two chucks in excellent working condition just a little grubby, a 3-jaw 3" Crown with both sets of jaws and a 4" 4-jaw Burnerd. Both are undamaged with no signs of wear, no corners knocked off or gouges in the chuck or jaw faces The outside jaws are actually pristine. The jaws fit snug and there is a chuck key that fits both chucks. There's a centre in the tailstock and also a keyless tailstock chuck that looks unused. Apart from a clean and service the only part that appears to need attention is the drive system. There a vintage motor which turns smoothly but I would certainly suspect the rubber insulation on the internal wiring before putting it into service. There is a flat leather belt that is perished but that could be replaced with a poly-vee belt very easily. All in all, a cracking little lathe with loads of potential if you look beyond the grime and put in a few hours of cleaning and fettling effort. Hope someone can offer this lathe a productive future. Cash on collection please. Thank you.
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