View Full Version : Heavy Duty Lathe :D

G.A. Ewen
12-16-2003, 08:33 PM
Has anyone used one of these?


12-16-2003, 08:55 PM

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12-16-2003, 09:11 PM
I wish he had put his hand in the picture. I really can't decide just how big it is. However, if you look closely you see what appears to be a standard toggle switch on the front right of the machine. That makes the unit really a model, not a serious machine unless you like making stick pins. I could never operate that with my fingers. Centerline to bed looks to be about 1 inch, maybe 1.25 at most.

12-16-2003, 09:17 PM
looks like a miniature 10ee, I think. Would be fun to make a miniature lathe from castings, atleast a model.

12-16-2003, 09:35 PM
It's not more than 12-14 inches long, MHE (my humble extimation). One pic shows a paper that looks like 8.5x11, that and the switch are the clues I used to make this guess. I don't imagine you'd get much chatter from the lathe, looks very solid.

12-16-2003, 10:05 PM
I have seen a couple of these. I had a friend that had one that was pretty well equipped, but not as nicely as this one. They are probably closer to 8"-10" OAL.
Take a look at the fingers and thumb in the pics, the paper is probably less than 8-1/2" x 11". $1500 is a good price, especially is Mac is someone famous.

12-17-2003, 12:42 AM
I've never seen one, however there is a picture of one in Joe Martin's book, Tabletop Machining.

It states that it is in his collection. It also states "it's extremely small size limited the projects you could actually make on it."

That one is really complete and for a collector the presentation plate would be a plus. It would be interesting to know who Mac was.


12-17-2003, 01:21 AM
If you would like to buy and give it to me I would only be offended for a minute (cuz it ain't no Hardinge). They are very rare and this one is very complete - probably a steal at $2k (CDN) for a collector. But for machining you are better off with a precision swiss watchmakers lathe - more capacity and far more accurate.

G.A. Ewen
12-17-2003, 01:38 AM
Here is a photo that I took of one at the 2000 NAMES SHOW. They are about 10" long.


(Thats my watch in front of it.)

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12-17-2003, 02:18 AM
Go look under ManSon on the UK site

www.lathes.co.uk (http://www.lathes.co.uk)

There is a writeup on it, and a comparison to a Cowells, which for utility, not coolness, I would far rather have.

All that said, they are indeed cool looking, but totally impractical as a working item, most likely. More like a museum piece.

12-17-2003, 10:28 AM
Did any one notice there is no change gears?

this limits its use alot, but it has a feed lever, it seems.

12-17-2003, 01:10 PM
I think its just an expensive toy, that happends to work. You wouldn't really use it would you? For that price and what it is, it's clearly a collectors item.

12-17-2003, 01:41 PM
I have a Manson,although not in quite as good shape as the one pictured.
I have been offered two thousand dollars
for it, sight unseen.
It is a fun little toy.
I was told it was used for training lathe operators during WW2 when they could not afford to build full size lathes.
It does have several speeds and several belts to change them.
As far as change gears, it has an auto feed that just makes a slow pass down the ways.
It does not seem to be a practicle machine, but it is fun to show friends.

12-17-2003, 09:47 PM
When I was at Cabin Fever last Jan. there was a guy there with a table full of these lathes on display. He is a collector of these lathes. When I talked with him a few years earlier he had said these lathes were used to make the parts for the Nordon (spelling?) Bombsight during WW II. He was very interesting to talk to and had info on the many attachments that came with the lathe. As you can tell it is basicly a scaled down Monarch.

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12-17-2003, 10:42 PM
I doubt they saw much use during WWII, as they were apparently not manufactured until 1946.