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ega06/02/2019 19:20:01
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Has anyone knowledge or experience of this type of tool, please?


It is stamped "Wickman C WD 33169" (no broad arrow) and came with the tipped form tool/blade seen installed in the photo plus four others of various forms.

So far as I can gather from the markings on the form tools they are intended for particular TPI/thread form combinations but the markings are not easy to read. The one in the picture seems to say "10 TPI UNC" and I have successfully cut a thread with it.

Some of the other blades have what look like code numbers and it would be helpful to be able to relate these to the thread form.

Unlike some similar tools there is no provision for adjusting the helix angle.

SillyOldDuffer06/02/2019 19:56:55
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Don't recognise the tool nolder I'm afraid but Wickman are still selling lathes. Rather nice lathes too - typically multispindle, CNC, with a 1.1kW cooling pump and 15HP main motor, woof woof.

Found an interesting PDF on their website about machine troubleshooting. Must be fun to own a lathe where one of the problems you have to worry about is splitting twist drills down the middle. More power Igor!

Wonder how much a Wickman lathe would cost?


colin brannigan06/02/2019 20:22:27
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A very clever multi spindle machine, 6 and 8 spindle up to 2 1/4" capacity with stopper spindle, pick up/back de burr, high speed drilling, tapping, back chasing, threading a truly well made and wonderful machine. Far better machine than a Cone or Griddley, quieter and easier to work on.

Wickman made general tooling so this tool may not be multi related.

Lots of video on youtube.

martin perman06/02/2019 21:42:32
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Served my apprenticeship as a machine tool fitter on Wickman 6 and 8 spindle multi spindle lathes, was taught how to make the cams that drove the slides with the tooling fitted, wouldnt have a clue now smiley

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ega07/02/2019 00:08:01
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Thanks for the comments. I am fairly sure this tool is not "multi-related" but I found the YouTube material interesting including the Raleigh connection.

Wickman did, of course, make manual lathe tools including the Wimet brand.

Good to know they are still in business.

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