Jones offered three kits from which to built a lathe:: the 8-swing screwcutting "Modelmaker", the 7-inch plain-turning "Tyro" and another 7-inch lathe modelled on the lines of a traditional "Precision Bench Lathe". The most useful of the three was the "Modelmaker", with a twenty-eight inch long cantilever-form bed the machine offered 15 inches between centres, a set-over tailstock, compound slide rest - and spindle bearings, split to form a means of adjustment, formed from the cast iron of the headstock itself. Aping the practice of precision bench lathe makers, Jones fitted the headstock cone pulley (which incorporated a ring of indexing holes) the "wrong" way round, enabling a bracing strut to rise from the base of the headstock casting to stiffen its front bearing. Either V or flat-belt drive was offered - the pulleys being 2.25", 3.25" and 4.25" in diameter for the 1" wide flat belt and 3", 4" and 5" in diameter for the V belt system.
Although only one type of spindle bearing is mentioned in the Jones' sales literature, it is possible that a second type of rather more substantial headstock bearing was offered fitted with a detachable cap retained by two bolts.
The spindle nose was identical to that found on a Myford ML7 - 1.125" x 12 tpi - but only No. 1 Morse centres were fitted to both the headstock and tailstock. The bed carried a single V way at the rear to locate the headstock and tailstock whilst the carriage was aligned by an angle on the edge of the front way - and a square on the rear.
The leadscrew was 11/16" in diameter and the 10 tpi thread of square form - a single half-nut, carried in an eccentric-activated slide on the apron, engaged with it. The changewheels, of 24 pitch, were carried on a single slot arm L shaped arm and engaged through a tumble reverse system which had its plunger located on the back face of the left-hand headstock bearing column. A proper rack-feed was fitted to the carriage which had, for a small lathe, unusually long saddle arms; the carriage traverse handwheel was shown in photographs as a full-circle wheel, but in many of the drawings as a balanced-handle type.
Various "accessory" casting kits were available including ones to make a countershaft unit to drive the lathe, a vertical milling slide, a T-slotted 3.5" x 5" boring table, various sizes of angle plate, a swivelling machine vice, a hand-operated shaping attachment to fit on the cross slide, a machine vice and a grinding attachment.
Some time after the introduction of the "Modelmaker" lathe a simpler, slightly smaller machine was introduced, the 7-inch swing plain-turning "Tyro" - an outline sketch of which can be seen at the top of this page.
The term "Bench Lathe" at one time denoted a very special kind of machine, a finely made and absolutely accurate lathe of the type made famous by first Stark then Ames, Pratt & Whitney and Rivett, etc. In an effort to cash in on the appeal of these expensive lathes Jones offered a kit of parts to make something that was styled to look like one - however, although the bed had the mandatory bevelled edges, and a central securing slot for the headstock, slide rest and tailstock, the rest of the machine was perfectly ordinary. Included in the kit of parts were separate circular bed feet and a compound slide rest for which the micrometer dials were listed as an option..