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bob ward
02-01-2010, 08:27 AM
This little AMTA turret lathe is available locally, asking price is $500. As a turret lathe it doesn't interest me, but there is a good solid spindle attached to a short length of solid bed. I'm thinking it could be a good basis for a T&C grinder, or maybe a tool post grinder.

Any experience out there?

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff28/sirrobertthegood/IMG_0020.jpg

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff28/sirrobertthegood/IMG_0022.jpg

Black_Moons
02-01-2010, 08:31 AM
What on earth is that weird setup on the back of the headstock? someone using the lathe to power something else?

ptjw7uk
02-01-2010, 08:44 AM
Looks like some form of bar feeder, makes more sense on a turret lathe making small fittings
Peter

bob ward
02-01-2010, 09:09 AM
Yes, that's a bar feeder behind the headstock.

quasi
02-01-2010, 01:20 PM
if you don't need it in it's current configuration, you might want it to convert to a speed lathe.

DR
02-01-2010, 02:20 PM
Looks like a nice little machine.

My concern would be what type collets it uses. And, are any included?

Alistair Hosie
02-01-2010, 02:35 PM
HI imho if you don't need it for what it's designed for for that kind of money I would wait for what you need ,and pass it by.These are dedicated machines and difficult to think of it being torn apart .I also agree most of these worked with bar feeders.Alistair

NiftyNev
02-02-2010, 05:59 AM
If you decide you don't want it then I am really interested. Been looking for a small turret lathe.

Nev

NiftyNev
02-24-2010, 07:03 AM
Looks like a nice little machine.

My concern would be what type collets it uses. And, are any included?

Well, I am now the owner of the above. It takes #11 collets of which there were ten with the machine. Some B&S some unmarked. Now to work out how the bar feed works. Any info on where to look for info on this would be great.

Nev

Tony Ennis
02-24-2010, 08:42 AM
That thing makes me a little tingly!

oil mac
02-24-2010, 12:13 PM
Where i worked at one stage, The firm had a No3 Ward, There was not a lot of high production component work for it, but it was rigged up with a 4jaw chuck, Also, its Tudor or coventry chuck, (cant remember which make, as they are both similartypes) and it was used for second op.on small castings, and occasional non ferrous bar work, using its collets, for small batches, even one offs, as it was good for parting off
In this type of work, the intermediate saddle was used, more like a conventional turning lathe, The turret usually only being used for centering & used as a tailstock

NiftyNev
03-14-2010, 07:48 AM
Anyone think this could have been made by -

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff28/sirrobertthegood/IMG_0020.jpg

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff28/sirrobertthegood/IMG_0022.jpg

-Ward?

http://www.oldengine.org/members/diesel/Ward/wardoe2.gif

Nev

Jim Shaper
03-14-2010, 04:11 PM
That little lathe would be great for making hydraulic fittings, or weld-on bungs, screws (with a geometric die head), any number of things really.

I'm not sure why you'd want to make it into a tool and cutter grinder?

doctor demo
03-14-2010, 04:47 PM
I'm not sure why you'd want to make it into a tool and cutter grinder?

Jim, I think that is a non issue now. Bob Ward didn't get it Nifty Nev did.

Steve

Jim Shaper
03-14-2010, 04:59 PM
I'm still curious why you'd want to do that to a complete and functional turret lathe?

I used to want a turret on my manual lathe, then I got one - only it's CNC (whole machine). :D

NiftyNev
03-14-2010, 05:38 PM
Jim, I think that is a non issue now. Bob Ward didn't get it Nifty Nev did.

Steve

Yep, no way am I butchering this lathe. It will be stripped down and rebuilt eventually. Would like some sort of manual though if something is available. Looks like the Ward so the manual for that may help me.

Amta and Ward are mentioned here - http://www.apexmc.com.au/machine-manuals/machine-manuals.htm - so that's why I think Ward may have made it.

Nev

Walter
03-14-2010, 05:52 PM
Nice score, those little turrets are wonderfully handy.