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Old 05-31-2010, 03:29 AM   #1
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bought this old lathe yesterday. I'm not a machinist by any means just looking to do some basic turnings. Just curious what others thought of this machine. its a C.A Mann LTD 12x30 can't find a date but I'd guess in the late 1800s or early 1900s paid 500$ for it and a bunch of cutters and misc pieces also came with 13 gears to change for different threading speeds. Every thing is very tight no play on anything every thing glides smooth. The thing must weight at least 650lbs plus. Any thought or info you can provide would be appreciated.



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Old 05-31-2010, 03:51 AM   #2
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Wow!
Just love all those exposed belts and gears!
This was obviously made in a time when OHS was not really considered.

Sorry I can't help with any information on this lathe, but it does look really cool.
I've seen photos of similar looking lathes that were pedal driven.
I wonder if this is how yours started its life and then was later converted to electric motor driven.

Hows the ways on the bed, do they have much wear or slop?
That would be my main concern with a lathe that old.



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Old 05-31-2010, 04:01 AM   #3
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ever thing is tight as can be. Like i said I'm no machinist but everything seems very tight

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Old 05-31-2010, 05:52 AM   #4
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Looks t'me like you got a good buy - lovely ol' hunk of iron there.

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Old 05-31-2010, 06:05 AM   #5
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Hey, Tony Griffiths has your lathe!
And I do mean, your lathe.
http://www.lathes.co.uk/mann/
Not a lot more about it on his site. I think you got a nice one!

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Old 05-31-2010, 10:13 AM   #6
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It's probably pre-1900, as it has a rise and fall cross slide.

Looks a lot like my 10" F.E. Reed of similar vintage.

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Old 05-31-2010, 10:21 AM   #7
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isnt that the weirdest thing. That is my lathe. Pics are in the guys garage where i bought it same as the pics i posted. But we are in Canada and the site and email address on the site is in the UK. Maybe the guy before me was looking for info on it or something. Weird

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Old 05-31-2010, 01:53 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum greenkarson.
How about post in the welcome thread and tell us a little about yourself?
Then show us what you do with that lathe.

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Old 05-31-2010, 10:03 PM   #9
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Love that old Iron, it looks great, been tinkering on my Old Sidney and got all of that parts moveing, maybe a paint job might be in order some day, let's keep them alive and maybe the next owner will do the same, Lathe Nut

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Old 06-01-2010, 06:42 PM   #10
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Tony gets his pics and information from people like us the world over.
One of my lathes is pictured in the AA section.

Nice lathe ya got there. Looks like something for the corner of the den.



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