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Steve King 513/04/2019 22:30:29
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Good evening lads

Relatively new to the forum and was just wondering if there's any smart and brown lathe owners on here.

Thanks

Steve

colin vercoe13/04/2019 23:51:19
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obviously not!wink

Plasma14/04/2019 06:47:43
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Hi Steve.

I have a smart and Brown model L capstan lathe.

All original except for the motor.

Still setting it up.

Mick

John Gregson 114/04/2019 09:06:50
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I have emco 8 lathe, can please help with the taper on the headstock as making a new backing plate for my 4 jaw chuck

thanks john

Nealeb14/04/2019 09:13:00
43 forum posts

I have a 1024 VSL, a bit scruffy but bought with lots of extra toys. Three-phase but now running from external inverter. After my Myford, the bed of this one looks like the deck of an aircraft carrier...

Brian Wood14/04/2019 09:39:09
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I have the S & B Sabel, a nice and slightly upmarket version of the US Southbend lathe

Brian

Clive Foster14/04/2019 09:44:48
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Another 1024 VSL owner. Also slightly scruffy. Native metric and very accurate. Drives Direct 10 HP plug and play inverter powers everything in the workshop, one machine or one machine and the Hydrovane compressor at a time.

Being clutchless can be a bit irritating but simplicity of design is very attractive on an older machine. Stuff that isn't fitted can't wear out or go wrong. Expanding / contacting pulley pair gives mechanical varispeed drive and smooth flat belt to the spindle. Simples and effective.

One thing that really annoyed me was the general fuss and messing about needed to change from metric to imperial threading. Standard intermediate gear on the banjo is on a nice roller bearing stud. But as built you have to pull the banjo off and change the stud to a plain one for the compound conversion gear. Bolting the 127 gear to the standard roller bearing intermediate gear via a suitable spacer sorted that. Took about 3 DP and 3 fine BA threads off the list but I can live with that. Don't think I've ever seen a DP thread or any of the really fine BA ones.

Clive

Bob Stevenson14/04/2019 10:03:30
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At Epping Forest Horology Club we have 5 model 'L' lathes in daily use with a cabinet of collets, chucks, step chucks, etc etc, and also a model 'A' later type, screwcutting lathe.

 

3 of the 'L's are as orignallly supplied to Hackney College circa 1971 and two others have been restored in house

Edited By Bob Stevenson on 14/04/2019 10:07:33

Steve King 515/04/2019 03:35:25
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Posted by Bob Stevenson on 14/04/2019 10:03:30:

At Epping Forest Horology Club we have 5 model 'L' lathes in daily use with a cabinet of collets, chucks, step chucks, etc etc, and also a model 'A' later type, screwcutting lathe.

3 of the 'L's are as orignallly supplied to Hackney College circa 1971 and two others have been restored in house

Edited By Bob Stevenson on 14/04/2019 10:07:33

Don't suppose you have a spare 48 toothed gear for the model A do you?

David Colwill15/04/2019 09:10:07
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I have a 1024 smile p

Lathejack15/04/2019 13:09:10
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I have a Smart and Brown Model A Toolroom lathe that I have had for over 18 years, it was originally suplied to the Atomic Energy Authority so it probably glows in the dark.

It's rock solid, built like a tank with large vee and flat guideways with a bed the width of a cricket pitch, well almost.

Hacksaw15/04/2019 17:03:16
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I've got a model M laugh

Martin Connelly15/04/2019 18:42:41
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Join the two previous posts and you've got a model m that belonged to the Atomic Energy Authority.

Martin C

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Edited By Martin Connelly on 15/04/2019 18:43:15

Lathejack15/04/2019 22:38:04
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........Here's mine in a similar shade of green to yours Martin.image.jpg

Steve King 516/04/2019 05:31:23
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this is mine as i got it. It's running a 160v DC motor with speed controller.

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Stueeee16/04/2019 22:17:06
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I have had a Model A Mk2 for more than 40 years now. It had been in a REME workshop where they only worked on huge commercial vehicles. So my lathe had seen very little use when I bought it at a government auction. It has done plenty of work for me since.

Steve King 518/04/2019 19:35:19
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Posted by Steve King 5 on 16/04/2019 05:31:23:

this is mine as i got it. It's running a 160v DC motor with speed controller.

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Could anybody tell me if my leg is a Mark 1 or a Mark 2 model a

Steve King 518/04/2019 19:35:56
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Lathe not leg

Clive Foster18/04/2019 20:03:13
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Steve

Mark 2. The apron control layout is diagnostic. See **LINK** . MK 1 has a simple lever to select saddle or cross slide power feed not the knob and dial that yours has.

Clive

Rob Cook22/05/2019 20:18:47
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First post. Seems a good place to start

Picked up a very sorry looking model M Mk1 a few years ago.
Started stripping it to sort the half nut engagement and kept going.
Not finished yet but has been put back to work

https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/attachments/img_20171022_203241-jpg.122093/

https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/attachments/img_20171022_203241-jpg.122093/

Picked up an L last year for the collets and chucks. Couldn't bare to break it so apart it comes. Paint job was misleading. Most of the machined surfaces had been treated to gloss white.
Compound nut was bent like a banana but managed to aquire a new cross and compound to use for parts.

https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/attachments/20180701_161723-jpg.146194/

https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/attachments/20190327_143951-jpg.173468/
Also have a capstan tailstock and lever cross slide for it I picked up from Bracehand.
Getting closer to making swarf again.

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