View Full Version : Emco Maximat opinions???

02-11-2012, 05:19 PM
Hi guys! May have found a nice Enco Maximat V13. Anyone know much about these?
I have a bunch of specs I've found online...including Tony's UK site...but I've also heard some bad things...like very high replacement part prices etc.
Thanks for any info you can share!

02-11-2012, 05:25 PM
Which parts were you planning on breaking:eek:


02-11-2012, 05:27 PM
Which parts were you planning on breaking:eek:

Anything that gets in my way... ;-)

02-11-2012, 05:29 PM

The only experience I have with Emco lathes was with a CNC model back in the late 90's. Repair parts were criminally expensive.

Those who own the manual machines seem to really like them and not have problems with them. If I found the price decent, I'd buy one.


02-11-2012, 05:41 PM
There's a couple of Yahoo groups dealing with the larger Emco Maier Lathes. There are some knowledgeable true believers there. Buying parts from Austria is like buying parts for aircraft, ie heartstopping.

I have a Maximat super 11, that I am happy with, and haven't broken anything yet. Mine is 110V, I think the V13's are three phase.

02-11-2012, 07:31 PM
Torker, I have a very good friend who has one. They are GREAT machines! He bought his about 25 years ago when our dollar was down. It cost him about $7500.00 US. It will do everything you want especially if you have 3 phase with VFD. It does have an electric brake.
The late Frank Mclean came to look at Mark's new machine. He considered it the Rolls Royce of lathes. Sir John probably thinks it is trash since it is made in Austria.

02-11-2012, 07:48 PM
Probably the best machine made in that size range. Have a buddy who bought one in 1079 are 80 a V13 used it in his business and later in his home shop Has had a lot of use and still looks like new and works as new. I was going to buy one in 1980 but could not afford it so got a new 10K South Bend in stead.

02-11-2012, 08:57 PM
Good lathe, comparable to the Harrison M300 in my opinion. Repair parts for most any quality lathe are expensive -- best to buy one not broken and keep it that way.

02-11-2012, 09:02 PM
Explain to me "criminally expensive." A pair of 16 DP bevel gears for my SM apron from Leblonde is over$700.00, while an input shaft with an integral 16 tooth gear for the gearbox, again 16 DP, is over $500.00. The cross feed nut, 9/16" x 8 acme is over $100.00. AND they are most probably not in stock-six weeks delivery.
On Austrian parts, both Canada and the US likely have pretty steep duty, and the importer DOES have expenses!

02-11-2012, 09:47 PM

Back in the 90's, those current LeBlonde would have been about normal prices for the Emco then. Back in the 90's, Le Blonde spares would have been far less.


02-11-2012, 09:47 PM
The V13 is my dream machine... If only I could find one in my price range.

Parts for all non mass-consumer lathes are really expensive, partly because they are needed so rarely. Be thankful you can actually get parts if you ever needed them.

Other lathes for example... $960 for a Watcheon (Mori clone) cross-slide lead screw.

Charlie Rose
02-11-2012, 11:50 PM
I also bought one of these in the early 80's, mine was also about 7 grand.
I have used this lathe almost every day since and the only part that was replaced was a shear pin that drives the lead screw, my bad!! You need to make sure you get all the change gears or there will be threads you can't do.
These are most excellent machines.
They are three phase but that is no problem now.

02-12-2012, 10:56 AM
the emco compact 8 was the grand daddy of all 9x20 lathes built these days. I wonder if the v 13 was the grand daddy of all 13x40 Chinese lathes of today?
They were mostly used in research or schools if I understand correctly. They say you can get them made in toolroom quality if you requested but at 650kg there is no way they are rigid enough to be toolroom quality. I find them a bit light. But then mine has a permanent gap and I have NEVER heard of another one with a permanent gap. I think Mr Sleepy has one but Vern from s africa also has one. Mine is from 1978 and apart from the paint work which has all peeled off it looks and feels like new .For my kind of work it is a real sweet lathe

02-12-2012, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the info guys! Holdin my breath...while I was at work...someone gave the guy a deposit on the lathe. I may have missed it. Told the guy I have the cash ready to roll if there is a problem with the other guy trying to find the funds.
It is a smaller lathe than I would like but would be a good one to have regardless. Be better than my last POS 14X40...which surely had to be one of the worst lathes ever built...but it made parts.

02-12-2012, 05:50 PM
Before I got hold of my Colchester Bantam, which I do recommend, I was looking for a Maximat.

But, the reason I was looking was that with the earlier model the spindle thread was the same M39x4 that my Lorch lathe had.

So my point is watch out for the early models, because you really don't want a screw-on chuck. I think the later models had a 'D' or other spigotted chuck mount.

Otherwise, I hear good thinks about them.

02-12-2012, 10:13 PM
This one has a D nose...

02-13-2012, 10:02 PM
There's one in Florida for $2k, but the shipping and customs duties would probably kill you. If it were closer (and I could inspect it), I'd have bought it weeks ago. Doesn't look like it sold for the second time, maybe it'll re-list. Gotta be something wrong with it, no?

02-13-2012, 10:26 PM
It says sold... been repainted at sometime and looks a bit well used, but great price if it worked.

02-15-2012, 08:47 PM
Guess the guy must have came up with the money. Dang! I snoozed...I losed... a V13 with Anilam DRO...in good shape...for $2300 CDN. Damn!