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  • History on Later Mazak Manual Lathes

    Was just curious if anyone knows the story on the last Manual Mazak lathes,I read a few years back that the very last ones were made in China.The clone I have is 1988 made by Jinan First Machine Tools,I did see a 1985 Mazak that was made in Japan.

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    There's no mention of China here:
    http://www.lathes.co.uk/mazak/

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    • #3
      I can't tell any stories, But the latest model Mazak Mate impresses me as falling under the design scheme popular with Chinese production. Vis. Blue placards and a characteristic "Satin Chrome " on handles and dials etc. Just an impression, but could be....

      The MAZAK AJAX HERCULES 14X60 (ACE ) in my shop has a placard as well as raised letters on the bed casting identifying it as produced in Japan.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mike Burch View Post
        There's no mention of China here:
        http://www.lathes.co.uk/mazak/
        Lathe UK only goes into 70's,the later model in the 80's with a more robust 2 speed tail stock is the ones I am referring to.
        Originally posted by CalM View Post
        I can't tell any stories, But the latest model Mazak Mate impresses me as falling under the design scheme popular with Chinese production. Vis. Blue placards and a characteristic "Satin Chrome " on handles and dials etc. Just an impression, but could be....

        The MAZAK AJAX HERCULES 14X60 (ACE ) in my shop has a placard as well as raised letters on the bed casting identifying it as produced in Japan.
        What year would that 14x60 be ,I have seen 3 18x60 Mazak 1984-1985 made in Japan.I very surprised how there is no info when the last Mazak Manual Lathe where made.They kinda seem like a Ghost ,my Varnamo U-3 mill in same category and there was a lot of these Mills in Canada.

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        • #5
          Number stamped into the bed way 7681
          Number stamped on the inspection plate 8408
          Perhaps a year of mfg. can be drawn from those production numbers, but I have never done so. (No concern)

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          • #6
            There's a FB Group page called Mazak Hercules Ajax developed for manual Mazak Lathes. There are 3-4 lathe manuals in the files section so you don't have to pay $125.00 for a poorly copied sales catalogue disguised as an owners/maintenance manual.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tin Knocker View Post
              There's a FB Group page called Mazak Hercules Ajax developed for manual Mazak Lathes. There are 3-4 lathe manuals in the files section so you don't have to pay $125.00 for a poorly copied sales catalogue disguised as an owners/maintenance manual.
              Thanks Tin Knocker I will check that out tomorrow,busy day today!

              Looks like first post,welcome to the Forum!
              Last edited by Tundra Twin Track; 06-09-2022, 05:14 PM.

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