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mark roberts 728/10/2020 10:38:12
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Hi all, I have recently aquired a nice little drummond B and wondered if anyone can help with the change wheels. I'm very new to metal lathes but have alot of experience with restoring wadkin wood working machines.

When I run the lathe and engage the feed it travels to the right. Does the direction change by the change wheels.

Hopper28/10/2020 11:26:20
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Yes. You need another gear in the train to reverse the direction. Some Drummonds (eg M type) have a cast lug on the headstock to add the extra gear on a stud. Not sure about the B model. More info is available on the Facebook page for Drummond Lathes and the Drummond Lathes group. Also quite a bit of good info on

not done it yet28/10/2020 11:48:02
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As it is going the wrong way I would have expected there was already an extra gear in the gear train and it needs removing from the chain....?

Bazyle28/10/2020 21:52:04
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Mark, Photos on here work differently so you can't just post an imgur link. You have to upload to a photo album (see green menu at top) then link that withthe camera symbol just above the text input box next to the smileys.

Just to tease everyone as Mark has the answer from can you spot the problem from his photo copied below?

drummond change wheel.jpg

Hopper29/10/2020 04:20:39
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Driving off the end of the backgear spindle instead of the headstock mandrel? How bizarre is that? Some boy scientist has been at work there.

Ady129/10/2020 10:40:24
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multiple cogs too... machiavellian drummond owners are always up to something!


Edited By Ady1 on 29/10/2020 10:43:10

mark roberts 729/10/2020 17:23:28
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Aparently the apron has been altered also to give handwheel feed by a added on rack and a split feed nut.

This should go well with a little jig borer I got recently. I have to get 5OO kg of bandsaw out of the car before I play any further

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