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Thread: Boley 15mm collets
25/06/2022 15:25:42

The lathe in question is German, a Pittler C3, the Crawfords are imperial sizes but the Boleys are metric.

I also got included five of these large Crawford step collets but no closer to fit my lathe mandrel. The closer I got with it was pointed out by the seller as not correct for the lathe but was probably for a Hardinge lathes-l500.jpg lathe thread

25/06/2022 10:23:42
Posted by Hopper on 25/06/2022 00:27:02:

Surely you can measure the diameter of the thread on your collets and confirm it's 13mm?


I can indeed but it's more to do with a slight variation in the cut of the thread, as I already mentioned above I have 2 types, Crawford & Boley, both 15mm shank and 13mm thread but the threads are not quite the same and don't all fit the drawbar, hence my problem in buying a modern tap & die for collets that are possibly as old as the lathe (1895)

Likewise I have a 1939 dated South Bend lathe that accepts Boxford parts, I sent for a Boxford faceplate that has the correct size bore and 8tpi thread only to find it won't screw fully on because in 1940 they made a slight alteration to the angle of the thread even though the dimensions are listed as the same.

24/06/2022 23:14:18
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 24/06/2022 20:57:45:

Is this any help, vic ?


… aside from making you feel fortunate.


Thanks for all replies


I think that is definitely of help as it gives it as a 13 X 1mm thread. I also got included a smaller number of 15mm Crawford collets and although the thread is still 1mm they don't screw in properly in the drawbar without jamming after 2 turns so there must be a slight variation to the cut of the threads

Buying a tap and die is a bit risky as it's unlikely to fit both but it's the Boley ones I'm more interested in.

24/06/2022 15:16:38

Is anyone familiar with these ? my vintage lathe came with quite a few 15mm shank collets stamped Boley.

I need to clean the threads and possibly make a new drawbar so looking for a tap & die to suit the thread. I need to be absolutely sure of the thread size and pitch which appears to be 1mm before I look to purchase. Can anyone advise?

Thread: Antivirus and VPN
23/06/2022 17:00:05

Windows built in antivirus works fine, many of the ones you can install such as Norton are massive bloatware

Thread: Parkside Electronics
23/06/2022 09:53:22

seems to be


or maybe not, seems Covid had made them close for a while  closed

Edited By vic newey on 23/06/2022 09:55:33

Thread: Advice on Belt Tensioners
30/05/2022 22:28:20

I've used a cable tensioner to good effect, I modified it to push against the back of the lathe and on to the motor countershaft and it can be tightened or loosened in a second to move the belt overtensioner.jpg

Thread: Old lathe identification
30/05/2022 09:13:47

Unusual to see a flat belt pulley on such a small lathe, V belts first appeared around1917 but much earlier pulleys for round leather belts are often thought to be for V belts as they fit very well.

Here someone has tried a V belt upside down? so the flat side is on the pulley but not sure how well that would work if at all

Thread: south bend lathe
29/05/2022 10:57:32

Looks the same as mine, South Bend 9", This is the worlds most copied lathe and at least 20 other manufacturers used it's blueprints under the WW2 lease lend agreement.

This means that parts from Boxford lathes with fit the lathe, I got more change wheels, a new spindle in the apron as the carriage wheel spindle had worn, all fitted perfectly.

Mine is model C yours looks like model B which has power cross feed by the look of the knob on the apron,  model A has a gear box with levers



Edited By vic newey on 29/05/2022 11:01:27

Thread: Setting up my workshop
21/03/2022 12:00:33

Glad to see you finally got it ready to use! Are you planning to make anything in particular or just potter about like me?

I'm rearranging my machines to make way for another lathe, I've dismantled a bench that was covered in junk and moved my Pittler lathe into the space so leaving a bigger space for the another larger vintage lathe.

Thread: Is this a record fuel price ?
12/03/2022 21:55:45

Maybe this is the reason:

UK fuel duty is currently levied at a flat rate of 57.95p per litre for both petrol and diesel, while VAT at 20% is then charged on both the product price and the duty.

Thread: Tomato seed recommendation?
07/03/2022 17:02:23

One of my favourites has always been Gardeners delight which produces racemes of sweet tomatoes. We bought last years from our local garden centre and they must have been wrongly labelled as they were tasteless.

Varieties like Moneymaker, Ailsa Craig etg are rather tasteless but produce lots of fruit so preferred by commercial growers

Thread: Here's an interesting one
18/02/2022 09:19:20

So with the supposedly hidden watch fees it ends up charging your card $2380. I guess they hope you don't spot that down at the lower end of the page

Thread: First lathe owner in Manchester
12/02/2022 17:49:05


Looks nice, Mine came without a thread dial but now fitted with a Boxford one

Edited By vic newey on 12/02/2022 17:51:14

11/02/2022 15:27:35
Posted by chris cunliffe on 11/02/2022 14:32:38:

Thanks for the comments, I have already found most of the South Bend sites on the web and downloaded loads of info. My lathe came with a set of change wheels but only has 1x 32T wheel and I needed 2 to cut 8 TPI . Luckily lots of Boxford sellers on Ebay so I have one coming.


Does yours have a thread dial fitted?

Thread: Unidentified lathe
11/02/2022 14:01:08

Hello DutchDan,

that's the most likely i.d I've seen seen so far, the CorbettXL has a cantilevered bed the same as mine as Ady1 pointed out. It seems some were issued with no makers name so I think it's a variation of one of these made in the 1950's. It mentions that they used the same spindle thread as Myford as well.

Mine also has a vertical slide, fixed steady, faceplate, driver plate etc presumably supplied by the maker

Thread: First lathe owner in Manchester
11/02/2022 09:29:14

I recently acquired a South Bend 9C and can confirm that Boxford gears and other parts fit on it o.k.

I also replaced the carriage handwheel spindle with a Boxford one. The reason Boxford parts fit is not because they illegally copied it but because Denford/Boxford were given the blueprints under the lend lease programme in the latter years of WW2 along with other manufacturers.

I have discovered to my cost that the Boxford faceplate fits models made after 1940 but the serial number on mine dates to 1939 and the Boxford does not fit.

This means I will also have problems getting another backplate as I want another chuck

Edited By vic newey on 11/02/2022 09:36:12

Thread: Case Hardening
07/02/2022 08:54:53

I've still got some Kasenit from way back in the 1980's, it's not in it's original container which was a yellow tin, it just corroded away so it's been in a plastic container for years.

06/02/2022 22:54:37
Posted by DMB on 06/02/2022 22:05:23:

Ground up bone used to be used - bonemeal from garden centre?? Could be cheaper. I have also seen a recommendation for sugar as that is mainly carbon and it is the carbon that's needed. Don't understand why someone recommended that as it's flammable!


Bonemeal, old leather and other organic stuff was used for case hardening gun parts, however it was not just heating the metal and dipping it like we are talking about above. The parts had to be buried in a tray of bonemeal etc and then had to be kept at red heat for several hours, this not only made a good depth of hardening but also gave the gun parts a nice colour depending on what was used.

Thread: Unidentified lathe
06/02/2022 14:48:57

Hello Ady1, there are no markings at all on this lathe whereas the Corbetts seem to be cast with makers name,

this lathe is 4" swing, the T slot cross-slide is 8" long

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