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Evan Lewis from New Zealand

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Evan Lewis01/06/2020 09:30:03
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I live 100 km south of Auckland and have a Boxford Model A (1953).

I have done various projects on the Boxford and recorded them in 24+ YouTube videos:

This includes stripping down and overhauling the head, and a few other parts, rewiring the motor for reverse and making several different attachments for the lathe. It started out as a beginners lathe tutorial, although I am no expert myself.

The first major project was to build several versions of the Hero's steam engine which was described by Heron of Alexandria 2000 years ago. I wanted to prove that it could do mechanical work. I built one that reached 5400 RPM and was able to lift a weight on a crane and from that I could calculate its power and efficiency.

It is all described in detail in a web site I built:

I inherited a Hero's steam engine which my grandfather built 100 years ago and that is what sparked mu interest. I had his version running at 2400 RPM.

I also inherited the Boxford lathe from my father. He was a high school teacher in Engineering at Te Puke High School. When they upgraded their lathes he bought the least used one of 6 and now I have it.

I was in his class for 4 years and went to University of Canterbury (NZ) to do engineering but didn't get into engineering school. So I ended up doing a PhD and then going to medical school in Miami. In between I lived in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, Ulm Germany, and several American cities but now back in New Zealand. I am now semi-retired and full time lathe student.

Someone was asking for sources of information about Boxford lathes so I might as well include some links here:

He has a facebook group page for Boxford users with over 400 members and is about to close the doors to new members due to abuse. Called

Simply Lathes

Have you joined the Boxford Users Group. It has over 300 members and is an excellent source of information and discussion, photos, documents etc..,,,20,1,20,0

Happy Turning everyone!

Neil Wyatt03/06/2020 13:09:02
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Welcome to the Forum Evan,


Brian H03/06/2020 18:02:52
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welcome to the forum Evan from the owner of a Boxford AUD.


Grindstone Cowboy03/06/2020 18:53:21
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Welcome Evan, I have been watching your series. I have a Boxford C bench type.



Oldiron03/06/2020 19:22:09
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Hi Evan welcome to the forum.

The old Yahoo Boxford users group was awash with idiots & stick in the mud operators. I had many abusive emails when I suggested that Yahoo groups would be discontinued after it was taken over by Verizon and an alternate site should be formed just in case. I even offered to setup and fund a new forum for free. The only people who could use my email address were the moderators. As least I can say " I told you so". I hope that it has improved since it was moved to .io


Evan Lewis08/06/2020 12:47:10
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New program to determine what change wheels to use to cut imperial or metric threads on any South-Bend clone with or without a gearbox. I have a Boxford Model A with gearbox. The software is free and readily available because it runs online. Yes it really is free. The URL is currently case sensitive:

Corny names tend to be easy to remember and search online! Contact me by email and tell me what you think.

I am not sure which thread to add this to for promotion. It would be good if you would allow me to post it on several; Machinery and computers and old machinery types would be good. I think I will go ahead and you can delete if you consider it inappropriate. I am only trying to provide a free service which should be helpful.


The new Boxford group is thriving with a lot of active discussion going on. I have not seen any abuse etc. It is great and very helpful.


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