View Full Version : Fairbanks Morse lathe info?

02-17-2008, 08:27 PM
Hey guys! Anyone ever used, seen or leaned on one of these?
A local guy is trying to sell me a good size ol' FM conehead lathe. I did a Goggle search. found plenty of info on Fairbanks Morris engines etc. I think the motor guys are spelled different. Also a FM company that built beam scales. Don't know of these are the same company who made the lathes.

02-17-2008, 08:38 PM
Ok.. I found a little bit of info on the PM site. Seems it is spelled Fairbanks-Morse.
A guy had one sold by FM out of Montreal, Quebec.
He says the lathe was made by Summit Machine works in Worchester, Mass.
Anyone have anything else?

02-17-2008, 10:24 PM
I think Fairbanks-Morse was one of those old conglomerates from the past. Mostly known for locomotives I believe. My Logan has a 3/4 HP Fairbanks-Morse motor that weighs an honest to God 48 lbs. Lightweight and flimsy wasn't part of the companies business plan. I didn't have a clue they also made lathes tho ....

Ex-Cell-O seems to be similar in a way. They made a lot more than the 602 milling machine.


02-18-2008, 01:12 AM
I have had 2 South Bend lathes, a 15" and a 9" both model A's, both made in the mid-1930's, that according to South Bend were sold to Fairbanks Morse in Edmonton. I believe they were an Industrial tool retailer.

02-18-2008, 02:07 AM
I have spent many years working on their engines and other equipment.