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Kenwc
02-25-2011, 07:02 PM
Sheldon Lathe but I can't find another pic of this type or information. Not the greatest pic either but all I have. Anyone recognize this?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/kenwc/3n13p73lc5V15U05S4b2p417599fbb23717a7.jpg

Kenwc
02-26-2011, 04:43 PM
This must be a rare bird...not even a guess so far. PO stated it was a Sheldon and that it has a pushbutton variable speed adjustment. He said you just press the same button for the next higher speed. He doesn't know anything else about it other than...er um...he only wants $200 for it.

john11668
02-26-2011, 04:49 PM
This might be a useful contact
http://www.lathes.co.uk/sheldon/index.html
Email Tony! Sounds like he is waiting to hear from you

Kenwc
02-26-2011, 05:36 PM
Thanks...I did just that...

rohart
02-26-2011, 06:07 PM
Tony's site doesn't have anything under Sheldon that looks like that. The press button bit ties up, though.

Sheldons have their gearbox and leadscrews very visible on the front.

This lathe may have the leadscrew buried within the bed, or under the cover plate or it's a plain lathe. It may well have a rack hidden under the cover plate, but it doesn't look as if there's a gearbox. I'd avoid a plain lathe - they just don't do enough for you.

Rosco-P
02-26-2011, 06:35 PM
Why do you think it's a Sheldon? Is that a tach. built into the headstock? No leedscrew? Didn't think Sheldon made anything like that (2nd op, polishing or speed lathe) or a lathe with a Reeves type transmission.

JCHannum
02-26-2011, 07:43 PM
In addition to the threadcutting lathes, Sheldon also made turret lathes and chucking machines.

With the lack of a tailstock, thread cutting gear box and leadscrew and the presence of the two cross slides, it is probably a variation of the 3-R turret lathe. It is difficult to tell from the fuzzy photo, and my catalog is 1962 vintage, but it appears to share many details of the one pictured. Sheldon offered a wide variety of accessories and tachs were available on most of their machines as as option as was an eletrically controlled varispeed speed adjuster.

Kenwc
02-26-2011, 08:25 PM
Thanks for all the input. This one had a tailstock bit it went missing at some point. At any rate a buddy of mine is getting it Monday and I was trying to see what I could find out about it....for $200 if it's only a toy...its a neat toy...

JCHannum
02-26-2011, 09:09 PM
I found a lot of Sheldon information here, scroll down to the bottom of the page for the ZM 13 turret lathe;

http://www.machinemanuals.net/web_pages/sheldon_3r_turret_lathe.htm

J Tiers
02-26-2011, 09:20 PM
That's a positive ID, I'd say.....

Kenwc
02-27-2011, 09:47 AM
I found a lot of Sheldon information here, scroll down to the bottom of the page for the ZM 13 turret lathe;

http://www.machinemanuals.net/web_pages/sheldon_3r_turret_lathe.htm

Thanks....looks like you nailed it...