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      Machinex Lathe

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      A Handbook and Parts List is available for the Machinex

      Of modest price - though modest quality as well - this simple little lathe was marketed in the 1970s by 'American Edelstal' based then in Tenefly, NJ. Both its headstock and T-slotted-top tailstock were fabricated from aluminium extrusions - together with an aluminium carriage - while the bed was in ground cast steel. The swing was 5" (2.5" centre height) with a 31/8" swing over the cross slide and a choice of either 10" or 14" between the No. 1 Morse taper tailstock and headstock spindle - the latter with a short, steep internal taper to take collets, though the type is unknown. The cross slide had 3" of travel and the 1/4 hp motor drove the ball-bearing 9/16"-bore spindle with its 1" x 16 t.p.i nose through six speeds of:  250, 500, 1500, 2000, 3000 and 4000 rpm.
      A simple but effective affair, the drive unit consisted of a large, rear-mounted rectangular plate that held, at the back, an electric motor. Between motor and lathe were two 3-step pulleys mounted on a common spindle with one pulley arranged at each side of the mounting plate. One pulley was turned by the motor, the other drove to the overhung lathe headstock pulley. To convert the lathe for drilling and milling the entire headstock and motor-drive system could be slid off the bed and attached to a bracket carried on a vertical column - an item included with the lathe's standard equipment and similar in arrangement to that used on the Emco SL100/DB200. To produce a feed, the assembly was arranged to be driven up and down the column by a simple rack-and-pinion mechanism activated by a lever. Unfortunately, the weakness of the aluminium carriage, and the 4.4" x 2.25" T-slotted table, meant that only the lightest of milling cuts could be taken. Amongst the accessories was a useful T-slotted boring table bored through in the middle to take an adapter threaded to take accept headstock spindle fittings.
      Besides carrying a No. 1 Morse taper, the tailstock barrel replicated the thread found on the headstock spindle nose.
      The last known repository of spare parts was S&S Machinery, in New York City, who offered all the surviving parts in one job lot on eBay, early in 2000.

      A Machinex with a second complete motor unit and headstock on the vertical column. The rack, which provided the head's elevation, can be seen protruding downwards.

      The usual type of highly over-ambitious publicity photograph

      The drive unit was a simple affair with a rectangular plate that held, at its rear, the electric motor; between the motor and the lathe were two 3-step pulleys mounted on a common spindle - with one pulley arranged at each side of the plate. One pulley was driven by the motor, the other drove to the overhung spindle-drive pulley.

      The tailstock barrel, besides carrying a No. 1 Morse taper, replicated the thread found on the headstock spindle nose.


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      A Handbook and Parts List is available for the Machinex

      Machinex Lathe
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