View Full Version : Emco Compact 10 lathe from Katrina come back to life

Bill Pace
10-29-2010, 06:47 PM
This Emco Maier Compact 10 lathe is the last of 3 machines I got that were in hurricane Katrina. The other 2 were a South bend 13x36 lathe (a Taiwan version) and a little Barker mill. I have been putting off tackling the Emco because it was literally a "basket case", where the other 2 were at least still assembled when I got them, and, it was also in the worst condition , along with quite a few missing pieces.

This is the way it looks as I was closing in on finishing, with a shot of the drive system that I had just completed, still needing to get a switch mounted, etc. The little white squares are reflective tape to read rpm's, I used a treadmill motor and it really cranks out the revs.


A couple shots of what I was faced with in getting it cleaned up ---

All of the drive system - the motor, its mount, the 2 pulleys, and all the sheet metal with any wiring, switches decals, charts etc, were missing - along with a few othere assorted parts. I went to Tony's site and he had 2 pics of the Compact 10, fortunately one of them was of the drive system, I copied it and put out feelers here and on the Yahoo Emco site requsting any info on the drive. Within a few days I had a response (the only one!) . A fella in New Mexico had one, and over the next couple of weeks, he had emailed me 15-18 pictures, hand drawings and CAD drawings. I have had a lot of help out of HSM'ers, but this just floored me! It was not something he had done in 15-20 mins! This is the pic I sent out requesting help, and a couple shots of what he sent me.

more on next page--- I hit the 'post' button by mistake...

Bill Pace
10-29-2010, 06:53 PM
More on the Emco Compact 10, and then more on another page...


Bill Pace
10-29-2010, 07:01 PM
Another example of what the corrosion will do, this it the hub that the gears ride on. On the left are the gnarley, corroded ones I had to replace with the replacements in brass beside them.


I cast the 2 pulleys --


Still got odds and ends to finish up, like trying to figure out a reasonably practical way to get the drive system covered out...

10-29-2010, 07:46 PM

You might want to try again on posting the pix.

Or maybe it's just me.

Edit: never mind. The pix only showed up AFTER I hit the "Post" button. Weird.

Edit again: I forgot to say "Wow"! You could have a new title: "Machine Tool Necromancer"

10-29-2010, 08:03 PM
I cast the 2 pulleys --


Wow, very impressive Bill! Especially casting replacement pulleys! :)

10-29-2010, 08:21 PM
IT"S ALIVE!!!!!!

Nice job, Bill! Quite a labor of love.......


10-29-2010, 11:31 PM
Yes Bill worked real hard at rebuilding that lathe . At first he did not want to even mess with it . But I could see a neat lathe their ,just a little rust . Well bill needed something to do and talked him self in to working on the lathe . I became a learning experience. now he has to make a bunch of gears for it . something else to learn about.

12-23-2010, 09:24 AM
Beautiful job as always! You have been busy.

12-23-2010, 10:30 AM
Another great piece of work.

Tony Ennis
12-23-2010, 10:36 AM
Impressive. There's more ambition in your little finger than there is in my whole body!

Dr Stan
12-23-2010, 10:51 AM
Looks as good, or even better, than new. Excellent work.