Speedy, I think my lathe was made by them. It was built in....1978? It is not exactly like the picture. The model is L-560.
Speedy, I have that lathe. here in the USA. The name "King" has been added with rivit on tags. However the operators manual has LAM as the brand name. Lantaine Machinery Co., LTD. is the manufacturer. address is P.O. box 469 Taichung Taiwan. If you would like to go visit them their location is No. 122 Chien Kung St. Tung Chu Taichung Taiwan. If you have more questions,please ask.
My machine has LAM cast on the back of the bed. Pete has kindly sent me an original flyer for this machine and the specs differ only in the spindle bore size 30mm.He also suggested that it would have been rebadged. Bernie, that address is the same. I managed to get a copy of the operaters manual from a neighbour who has one. I understand that the lathe design has since been copied by the Chinese; I have seen some almost identical units but they seem poorly mnfgd in comparison.
It`s only an Asian unit but the history could be interesting.
How do you find it for operation? and what are some of the more interesting projects you have undertaken using this machine?
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King ? King drill presses were made by the King Kong Co of Tawain.
Speedy' your's is a 12" model, Lam-350BH,if you should need a copy of the operators manual I would be happy to make a copy and send it to you. Mine is a 10", with hole thru spindle 27mm (1 1/16") both models are in the same manual. Have several up-grades to mine, have owned mine about 25 years, purchased it new.
Balanced the motor and counter shaft pulleys, on the higher speeds it wanted to dance all over shop ( some kind of cowboy line dance, one step forward, two sideways, but never where it started from). Added a 6" 3 jaw Yuasa Accu-Chuck. Tail Stock has had a key way cut full length of casting and added a thrust bearing added, 2" travel DTI indicater mounted on the Tail Stock. Rewired to run 120 vac 60 Hertz (USA). Was 120 vac. Using Yuasa quick change tooling, Dumore Tool Post Grinder, currently adding a Grissly taper attachment, making a telescoping cross slide feed screw. Got the idea from HSM.
As to projects, I'm very heavy into 1/4 scale race cars and scale gas engines(all run).Many die cast molds for quick change rear ends, engine parts.
Would hate to give it up. I for got, all the lube's and oiling have been change to the newer lubes,(hated the way oilers).
Hope, this has answered your questions, I use a Levin lathe for the really small items.