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  • Alistair Hosie
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    no probs glad I could help.Alistair

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  • Oso
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    Good on you. Alistair, I misread the label in the pic as "Walt." as in short for "Walther".



    [This message has been edited by Oso (edited 07-29-2003).]

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  • Alistair Hosie
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    Doc The name of the manufacturer is Wolf Jahn a well known German manufacturer it says so on the lathe bed you will find if you look up google etc some info on this company they made milling machines as well as lathes.Alistair

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  • Thrud
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    Doc

    Never got a good look at the collets for size, but most watchmaking lathes use WW series collets, chucks and faceplates. If they are about 1/2" diameter at the large end and a threaded shank it is probably WW. If it is WW you can buy collets and accessories from Lapidary suppliers. I have a number of Grobet WW saw arbors so if you need dimensions let me know.

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  • Oso
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    It's German (Frankfurt am Main) and it isn't a traditional watchmaker's style machine. More like a Levin style machine.

    Most watchmaker's lathes have a single foot, and a rest for using gravers. The crosslide is usually an accessory and often not present. Sometimes the tailstock isn't even present.

    Great for making pins and other odd round things you can barely see.

    Should be able to find a taker if you don't want it. Wouldn't mind a thing much like that myself.

    Boley watchmaker's lathe (example of typical watchmaker type)
    http://www.lathes.co.uk/boley/page3.html

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  • G.A. Ewen
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    A real beauty! But has someone been turning WOOD with it? ( wood; the nastist four letter word )

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  • abn
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    If no one can help you you might add it to the "unknown lathes" page at lathes.co.uk. Sorry I can't be of more help.

    http://www.lathes.co.uk/unknown/index.html

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  • Doc Nickel
    started a topic Help ID a watchmaker's lathe?

    Help ID a watchmaker's lathe?

    Pics can be found here

    It looks to me like the usual compact watchmaker's or jeweler's lathe, but I don't know much about them other than what a few knifemakers used to say about 'em. (IE, they were cheap, small- which was great for making pins and small pieces for knives, plus saved space in cramped shops- and pretty accurate.

    3J collets, if I'm not mistaken?

    Thanks for your help.
    Doc.
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