Here is a list of all the postings CHRISTOPHER MILLS 1 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: CovMac Lathes|
Congratulations! I am very pleased to hear this, and will watch your You Tube video
Have you not got the plinth's door?
Many congratulations all round here!
But, you have covered up one of your CovMac's most beautiful components, its clutch drum?!
Did you ever look inside clutch drum?
Very nice to see you on verge of making chips
Mine is still sadly in bits, as my engineering world is presently shelved, in lieu of becoming a house builder
I checked my CovMac's drip tray, and Woody is right, it is wrought, or steel, not cast iron
Moving lathe weight is a real knack: My professional machinery mover, Edward Rutter, moved my CovMac bed, headstock plinth and tailstock plinth, 9 inches across a concrete floor, just using his hands and arms, nothing else at all
I cannot recall my chip tray, whether cast iron or steel, but I will look next week, when I go to Somerset
What sort mechanism do you think there is within the big clutch drum?
Fantastic to see it!!
You have beaten me wholesale
|Thread: Karger DL-1/53|
Many thanks - When I first began, I mixed these up with Holbrook 10C's - I loved both
My Karger here posted was actually made much earlier than I had reckoned, in 1938
Were there Holbrook C10's, sharing this headstock styling, at that point?
Did Holbrook take this styling section from Karger?
Many thanks - brilliant thinking - I am sure you have the right answer here, because there is another on the tailstock plinth, which runs in the opposite plane, so that you could wheel it around - presumably, the carrier wheels would have been castors?
Perhaps, it would have been a simple cruciform shape - a cross of two scaffold poles, and three castors?
Edited By CHRISTOPHER MILLS 1 on 24/03/2017 10:23:32
Many thanks - I am not with my Karger presently, but I will photograph the label next time I am
The cut out I mean is right at floor level, left hand side of front headstock plinth, there is a semicircular cut out, as if something ran through it, a pipe or cabling
It seems to be a feature of Karger plinths, and I cannot imagine what they were for
At some point, I need to copy the change wheel cover door, as I lack one entirely
Sorry, I have just noticed that our respective compound slide housing and tool posts are completely different
Mine has a four way tool post with a ratcheting system, which enables quick change from one side to another
Many thanks - yours is virtually identical to mine, and these, I believe, are late in the production order
I do not have the covering shroud to right of apron
My lathe's plate, too, reads "DL1/53"
What might be the curved cut-out at base of headstock plinth? Mine has this, too
There is some company material in Berlin Archives
Mine is in the same green, but originally cream, to which it will go back
You are welcome to Owner's Manual information, if you can get me a personal email for you, I will forward it
By all means we should set up a Karger Owners Club - the only other Karger stuff I can find in the ether is a Czechslovakian owner - machine is posted on You Tube - but there is a huge language barrier between English and Czech
Edited By CHRISTOPHER MILLS 1 on 21/03/2017 07:50:40
Hello Big Burner and Mike Berry 2,
Sorry, I have been too busy of late to keep up - it is great that there are two other Kargers out there
I have begun restoring mine, and would like to hear further from you both
I look forward to photographs
Mine has a virtually complete set of change wheels, five chucks, and a fixed steady rest
We have a few repairs to make, louvred aluminium cover to front headstock plinth got smashed by previous owner, and I am missing change gears cover door - I would love to see pictures of one of these, as I cannot work out how it attached
I do have a good portion of Owner's Manual, which a German friend kindly translated - 16 pages - I do not know how much is missing
Edited By CHRISTOPHER MILLS 1 on 19/03/2017 09:08:25
A Happy Christmas to you, Cath and the kids, Phil
Weight is estimated @ 600 kgs
External oil tank is huge
It has a third power bar, upon which you can cut feed from the spindle, via switchgear in a box on tailstock end of the bed
Tool post is on a ratchet system
I have a new lathe, finally obtaining a German Karger DL-1/53, tool room lathe, one of my first loves when I began looking at lathes - the only one I saw before this one was unaffordable at £1500
These were made 1950s/'60s, to some degree sharing styling with Smart & Browns, and Holbrook C10s
It came with lot of extras, fixed steady, almost all its change wheels, and five cam-lock chucks
With a variable speed motor, on a mechanical selection method, its selector stalk is similar to a CVA
I think it has a top speed in the 1100s
It has a three phase motor, a full coolant pumping system, and an externally mounted oil tank and pump (it is the square box to right of the headstock plinth
It needs some work, but is in basically pretty good order, under the oil and grease
Does anybody out there own another Karger, or has owned one in the past? I am trying to set up a Karger Owners' Club
Karger, having an umlaut over 'a', pronounces as Care-grrr
Here she is, bought out of a warehouse in Wisbech
With twin plinths, astonishingly, for a medium sized lathe, it has a 3 MT tailstock quill
Here is a rather Happy Christmas made in 1950s' Berlin
Edited By CHRISTOPHER MILLS 1 on 22/12/2016 13:34:33
|Thread: Cromwell lathe|
When you go to post a reply, click on the camera image in the posting window, top bar second from right, and then I think you choose your image from your album and click 'upload' or similar - then click in the posting window
It is easy, once you accidentally choose the right method, honest!
I can see an image of your S800 in your album, blue, and a lovely job you appear to have made of it
I have five lathes, four British and a German Karger, and my Cromwell Smallpeice is the only British one which approaches Karger quality
It is why Cromwells are rare today, they were rare in their own day for they were so expensive to purchase
Do you mean Cromwell's Mk II screw-cutting lathe, or the S.800? If the former, I have mine in pieces, and could show you exactly how it works. It engages and disengages a single dog clutch towards headstock. No messing about with dial indicators.
My Cromwell Mk II screw-cutter has a manual motor, a 1 HP Brook, driving through a six speed pulley system onto a three pulley headstock.
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