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bob ward
03-10-2011, 06:22 AM
This little screw cutting lathe has just been rescued from the local scrap dealer. After perusing the lathes.co.uk pages, (a marvelous resource) it looks like it dates to the late 50's and is one of the varieties of rebadged Portass Model S that were available.
http://www.lathes.co.uk/portass/index.html

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff28/sirrobertthegood/IMG_0029-2.jpg

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff28/sirrobertthegood/IMG_0030-2.jpg

dockterj
03-10-2011, 08:31 AM
The bed of that lathe looks like very similar to the 3 in 1 machines.

aboard_epsilon
03-10-2011, 08:34 AM
Im more interested in the bench its sitting on ..
whats the purpose of that bench.

btw ..didnt mean to insult you on your buy

all the best.markj

moe1942
03-10-2011, 08:59 AM
Im more interested in the bench its sitting on ..
whats the purpose of that bench.

btw ..didnt mean to insult you on your buy

all the best.markj



Looks like a shear. Shear is covered by cardboard.

bob ward
03-10-2011, 09:59 AM
The bench is, as moe1942 suggests, a sheet metal guillotine, a 4' long manual item, with a piece of cardboard propped to eliminate background clutter.

The photos are taken at the workshop of the local historical society where I volunteer one day a week.

I have to say the local scrappy is very good and will negotiate a fair price (quite often zero) for items of interest the historical society spots in his scrap pile.

aboard_epsilon
03-10-2011, 11:20 AM
it looks more like a copy of the myford MF series lathe than the portass you say.

such a copy that maybe the parts can be interchanged ..



http://www.lathes.co.uk/myford%20mf74/page5.html

http://www.lathes.co.uk/myford%20mf74/img19.gif

all the best.markj

Alistair Hosie
03-10-2011, 11:44 AM
I too really like the bench but lathe is an added bonus well done. Alistair

rohart
03-10-2011, 08:52 PM
Mark's spot on. The bed casting is virtually identical to his Myford photo, to the extent of the bolt-down lugs and the positioning of the nameplate.

That could tidy up and make a very nice little machine. I like the back gear on such a small machine.