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Jonathan Garside10/02/2019 21:57:46
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I have a Warco 918 and recently saw an article from ME 1 Jan 1993 by J F E Weight about the design and manufacture of a tumbler reverse mechanism.

Has anyone on the forum made such a unit to the drawings in the article, and if so how did it go. I am looking at any problems or pitfalls, or was it straightforward to make and does it work satisfactorily.

Jonathan Garside

Jonathan Garside12/02/2019 08:54:47
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What nobody?


Andy Carruthers12/02/2019 09:25:41
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Would you please post images or link to the article?

Jonathan Garside12/02/2019 11:10:16
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I cannot post a link as the only info I have ia a very poor photocopy of the original article as detailed in my first post..

If you can find the original copy of ME dated 1st Jan 1993 I would be grateful for a better copy myself as I cannot read all the measurements in the poor copy I have.


Redsetter12/02/2019 11:29:42
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I no longer have my 918/920 lathe, but I made a tumbler reverse for it based on one of the American designs which are available online. It worked well and was a straightforward modification, using an additional standard change wheel.

Andrew Tinsley12/02/2019 11:33:29
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I have done such a mod to a similar lathe. There re several variations on the web, but take a look at "Tricking out the 920" by Steve Bedaire (Sp?). This details one approach and there are several others (See the Yahoo 920 forum).

It is simple and straightforward and the modifications are all very similar, although I have not seen the ME version. Well worth the effort.


Andy Carruthers12/02/2019 11:49:48
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This appears to be the document Andrew refers to:

@Andrew - thanks - very useful
Michael Gilligan12/02/2019 12:25:07
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Posted by Jonathan Garside on 12/02/2019 11:10:16:

If you can find the original copy of ME dated 1st Jan 1993 I would be grateful for a better copy myself as I cannot read all the measurements in the poor copy I have.


There are a couple of originals on ebay at the moment


Jonathan Garside12/02/2019 20:09:44
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Thanks for your replies and I will investigate further the information you have kindly provided.


John Weight13/02/2019 10:58:00
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Hi Jonathan.

Re the 918 Tumbler reverse you refer to, I am pleased to say it is still in active use on my own 918 after some 27 years, I have a copy of the relative article in my file and would be pleased to copy it and forward it to you if you would like to PM me.

Regards John F.E.Weight.

Jonathan Garside13/02/2019 14:17:53
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Thanks John, PM sent


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