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.
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.
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
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