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Help to identify Myford Lathe

A friend would like to know about his late grandfathers lathe

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herbert punter08/07/2020 18:22:54
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Bazyle08/07/2020 18:34:42
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Have a look on this site for details. It looks like either an ML2 or ML4.

Dave Halford08/07/2020 18:42:03
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Novel remote oiling system.

herbert punter08/07/2020 18:55:35
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Thanks for that Bazyle I did email but got so far no response.

I don’t know much about Myfords so I thought I would ask here.

Our friend would like to know how much to ask for it as they need to clear the place out.

Any input would be appreciated.


Ady108/07/2020 19:17:11
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50quid for the first guy who picks it up or a bidding war on ebay and hope the winner comes to get it

A bunch of tooling puts the price up

It's a very basic simple pre war unit

edit: ...with a novel remote oiling system...

Edited By Ady1 on 08/07/2020 19:19:02

Bazyle08/07/2020 19:49:02
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Tony ha a loton his plate so may not be able to reply to emails espcially without teh cruical details. If you read the link I gave it provides two key points for idntification between the ML1,2,3,4 of which it is definitely one. The 1 & 3 have 15in between centres (exclude chuck and tailstock retracted) and the 2 & 4 are 24in. Don't be picky about the tolerance think like a salesman. The other point is the 1 & 2 have a lower centre height than the 3 & 4, can't remember the figures.

Georgineer08/07/2020 20:23:47
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To quote a post I made in an earlier thread:

"Some simple measurements and observations can identify which of the different models ML1 to ML4 one is faced with:

ML1 & 2: 3 1/8" centre height, 15" between centres, 3 1/2" cross slide travel.

ML3 & 4: 3 1/2" centre height, 24" between centres, 4 1/2" cross slide travel.

ML1 & 3 ('Standard' models): Spindle bearings direct in headstock.

ML2 & 4 ('Superior' models): Bronze spindle bearings, shrouded ball thrust race.

My understanding from is that the cast-in headstock was abandoned in 1937, so from then until the ML1 and ML3 went out of production in 1941, all models had the removable headstock."

The ML4 used three different spindle nose threads, Earlier ones 7/8" x 9tpi or 7/8" x 12 tpi. Later ones used 1 1/8" x 12 tpi, the same as the ML7 but with a smaller register diameter. I don't know what threads were used on the ML 1,2 &3 but they would almost certainly have been the same.

George B.

Bazyle09/07/2020 00:34:17
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Thanks for correcting me on the length George.

herbert punter09/07/2020 08:45:22
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Thank you chaps, that’s very helpful


Howard Lewis09/07/2020 17:26:05
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It looks as if the cover for the changewheels is missing.

Most were top hinged from a bar in a bracket bolted to the reat of the Headstock. Some guards were side hinged, but, this was a rarer version, I think.

Read up on Lathes UK website for Myford ML 1, 2,3, and 4

The Leadscrew should be 8 tpi, but beware of the Cross and Top slides. These are 12 tpi, with 80 divisions on the dial, so that each division is slightly more a thousandth of an inch.

All threads will be Whitworth form, either BSW or BSF, except, possibly gib adjusters which might be BA.

The Tailstock cross adjustment is not the best design feature, but with care, suffices.



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