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hth06/05/2016 09:14:02
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I wonder if this feature was used in any other lathe ? My vintage Holbrook T13 has this unusual accessory !



Mark C06/05/2016 09:17:33
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It is to "daub" oil on work between centres or in a steady! (information from Southbend people)


hth06/05/2016 09:19:40
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Ah that explains it .

John Hinkley06/05/2016 09:22:15
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In my workshop, it's the dipstick that operates the lathe!


Ady106/05/2016 10:06:30
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John beat me to it

Edited By Ady1 on 06/05/2016 10:06:52

David Colwill06/05/2016 10:19:22
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Smart and Brown 1024s had one. At least mine did have one. I've looked high and low for it. I'm beginning to suspect it found its way into the coolant tank crying 2. The good news is that I plan to change over to Castrol Alusol A in the near future so fingers crossed it will turn up. Otherwise I will be looking for a photo of one.


ega06/05/2016 12:04:18
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The South Bend lathe had this feature.

Your photo reminds me of the eye dropper or pipette made of glass with rubber bulb for drawing in and expelling drops; too vulnerable for lathe use but a useful idea.

hth06/05/2016 12:13:51
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The old Holbrook also has a relieving setup. The manual explains , this is for making things like taps, hobs and spiral reamers. The old lathe weighs in at 1400 Kg. rel.jpg

not done it yet10/05/2016 07:38:54
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Raglan did, too. Seems like all the best lathes of 60/70 years ago thought of small details like that. Now unheard of because it is extra cost!

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