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      Quality Engineering & Mfg. Lathe

      Looking not unlike the American Goodell-Pratt, the seldom-found "Quality Engineering & Manufacturing" lathe was made in Melbourne, Australia. Of unknown date, but probably from the early 1920s, its centre height was approximately 3.5-inches and its between-centres' capacity around 12 inches. A simple plain-turning machine, its bed was flat topped with bevelled edges to guide the carriage, this being moved by a handwheel connected to a leadscrew running down the centre line of the bed. Machined with two T-slots that enabled it to act as a boring table, (just like the early 3.5-inch flat-bed Drummond) the saddle carried a swivelling and height-adjustable T-slotted tool slide that socketed into a split and cross-clamped hole bored into its front face - this element of the design resembling that used on the Drummond Round Bed. Although no micrometer dial was fitted to the tool-slide's feed screw, the designer had taken the precaution of providing a stepped-out support bracket with a small diameter extension tube, these features allowing the slide to have a useful extra inch or so of travel.
      Of the plain type the headstock bearings were not the cheap, split-with-clamp type that might have been expected but possibly ones with some sort of longitudinal axis screw adjustment; two locking rings were fitted to the outboard end of the spindle to allow the end float to be set.
      No doubt adequate for its task, the tailstock was of the simplest possible kind with its screw-fed barrel guided by a keyway and locked by a crude T-handled thread that bore directly against it.
      Should any reader have another machine by this maker, the writer would be interest to hear from you

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      Quality Engineering & Mfg. Lathe
      - a developed copy of the South Bend 9-inch -
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