View Full Version : Smallest full featured lathe you've seen

12-24-2005, 11:08 AM
Inspired by Evan's comment: "I like little lathes. I can put my Unimat chuck in my pocket"

What is the smallest, full featured engine lathe you've ever seen. The whole shebang, qc gearbox, geared head (or other var. speed control without belt swapping), power longitudinal AND cross feed, etc.

I'm thinking the small Maximats or maybe the small TOS lathes but neither (TOS??) has power cross feed. Ideally, longitudinal drive separate from the lead screw (which is for threading only).

12-24-2005, 11:23 AM
How about this one of a kind home made lathe...Bob

Bob Wright
Salem, Oh Birthplace of The Silver & Deming Drill

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12-24-2005, 12:47 PM
Bob, I can't get to it.

12-24-2005, 01:06 PM
Email me and i will send it to you, your email address here dosen't work...Bob

Bob Wright
Salem, Oh Birthplace of The Silver & Deming Drill

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12-24-2005, 02:13 PM
Bob, maybe you can answer the question that's been asked here several times... where did the name "Silver & Deming" come from? The developers' names? ..er what?

12-24-2005, 02:28 PM
Bob, I tried again and can get it now. That's a little cutie. I like the "lathe machine made exclusively by a lathe machine" on the plaque.

If they're reproducing, we should have enough to go around pretty soon http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

12-24-2005, 02:43 PM
Here is the info in a nutshell. It was the Silver Manufacturing and Deming Company murged a long time ago. I did work in the Deming building running their 1880 vintage lathes. The Silver company now is a foundry across the street. Heres a link...Bob

Bob Wright
Salem, Oh Birthplace of The Silver & Deming Drill

12-24-2005, 02:54 PM
Here are some photos of a miniature turret lathe, some beautiful hand tools and on the next page a miniature Bridgeport to go along with them.
There are a couple of people who display at NAMES and other shows with fully featured miniature lathes.

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12-24-2005, 03:19 PM
JC, I saw that mini mill at NAMES, its a sweet machine. I wish someone would sell some small castings for one, would make a neat project...Bob

Bob Wright
Salem, Oh Birthplace of The Silver & Deming Drill

12-24-2005, 04:25 PM
This site has been posted here on numerous occasions, but it's still worth another look.


Go check out the rest of the site and have a hanky ready to wipe up the drool.

regards and merry xmas


12-24-2005, 05:10 PM
Sorry, that is not a UP big Boy. When you click on more on that page.

12-24-2005, 05:15 PM
I've seen and drooled on Bill Huxhold's machines at the Vermont model engineering show a year ago. Incredible, old world workmanship pretty much without rival.

The silent and precision operation with which the goblets are made induces the drool factor.

Bill's steam engine plants are also incredibly detailed machining works.

Now how about some more commercial lathes though, full featured, present or past?

12-24-2005, 06:42 PM
There is always the ManSon made in the US after WWII. Although it didn't have screw cutting ability it did have power carriage feed.


12-24-2005, 07:27 PM
Cool, Looks like a scaled down Monarch 10EE...Bob

Bob Wright
Salem, Oh Birthplace of The Silver & Deming Drill

12-25-2005, 04:34 AM
I have recently been contemplating the purchase of a small lathe, the Cowells certainly has a comprehensive range of features & accessories.




12-25-2005, 06:42 AM
Hey BTW where Is that Kid who wanted to turn things on a lathe on his lap?

I think he was getting rid of a 7x12 to get something smaller.

The tame Wolf !

12-25-2005, 09:57 AM
So far as full featured with a geared head these inty-bity Monarchs are about the smallest I have seen-


Guy down the road from me has one he won't sell.

12-25-2005, 10:23 AM
The variable speeds Clausing 5900, and 11" Sheldon lathes, Hardinge, Hendey 9" Tool and Gage Makers Lathe, Monarch 10EE; the gear heads 12" Monarchs, Hendeys, Pratt & Whitney's, Cincinnati's. These are just some of the American lathes. Go to the "lathes" web site, there are many others.

12-25-2005, 11:04 AM
I've seen the Manson lathe and it is indeed very tiny.

What I can't understand is why it was marketed. It's not really set up to be a
watchmaker's lathe although I suppose some watch parts could be made on it.
It's too small to really be a hobbyist lathe. Moreover, in 1947, right after
the war, conventional sized small lathes would have been a glut on the
hobbyist market.

To whom did Manson expect to sell these?

Regards, Marv

Home Shop Freeware - Tools for People Who Build Things

12-25-2005, 12:53 PM
I have always liked this little one:
Not as full featured as you ask for but pretty good for its size...


12-25-2005, 02:28 PM