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  • The other end of the lathe size spectrum.

    This is the ManSon lathe, made by Small Machines Inc. in the late 1940s, in, if I remember correctly, Los Angeles.
    THAT OLD GANG 'O MINE

  • #2
    This could be the spare tire for my lathe, it must have been developed for instrument makers and watch makers.


    Jerry

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    • #3
      We just had a thread all about that one. Seems to be missing the on/off switch.

      [This message has been edited by Evan (edited 01-13-2004).]
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      • #4
        This is still huge compared to a watchmaker's re-pivoting lathe. Powered by a string and rubber band, it will let you drill a .006 hole in the end of a watch wheel arbor!
        hms

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        • #5
          That's smaller than these old eyes will let me work even with a magnifying visor.

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          • #6
            Just out of curiousity..........how big is that adjustable C-clamp next to the lathe........
            RPease

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            • #7
              I would say that is a 1"
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              • #8
                I had one of those nifty 1" C-clamps once. Could never get it tight enough so I cross drilled the handle for a tommy-bar.

                It didn't last long before the thread stripped. Not very good quality for the price I paid. I always wondered what all the numbers were for?

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                • #9
                  If you must have one, there's one on eBay now. Excellent pictures anyway, to download to ones collection.

                  (no affilation to the seller)
                  Jeff

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                  • #10
                    Chris,

                    After a few years of use as a clamp, try using it for measuring - you'll find the frame thing has stretched nicely, so that all the bits you machined too much off now have spare metal on them and they fit again!

                    Beats running the lathe in reverse to put metal back on.

                    Ian
                    All of the gear, no idea...

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                    • #11
                      AussieChris, those numbers are there for measuring the torque, so you can duplicate the pressure for successive clamping operations.
                      Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                      • #12
                        That Manson makes my Unimat look HUGH.

                        Paul A.
                        Paul A.
                        SE Texas

                        And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
                        You will find that it has discrete steps.

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