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      Raglan "Little John" Lathe Mk. 1 Photographs

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      Copies of both the Little John Mk. 1 & 2 and Raglan "Five-Inch" Operator's Handbooks
      with Special Screwcutting Charts are available




      Catalogue cover for the Mk. 1 Raglan Little John - a publication harder to find than the lathe itself

      A particularly fine and original Little John M. 1. This model was unusual in having a roller-bearing spindle but with bearings held in place by the large, rounded-top, bolt-down cover. On the Mk. 2 with new line-boring equipment installed in the factory, a significant increase in rigidity was achieved by moving to a conventional, one-piece headstock casting.




      Changewheel cover removed. Note the cast-iron bracket supporting the variable-speed drive control lever. The cut out in the headstock cover allowed access to the pin that had to be pulled out before the backgear could be engaged.

      A fine example of a Mk.1 Raglan Little John


      A Raglan multi-disc clutch unit fitted to a Mk.1 Little John. Is this a factory part?  Unfortunately, as no mention of this fitting can be found in any known Raglan literature - and that for the Mk.1 was rather sparse in nature - we shall probably never know if this was a genuine factory part. Well made, using proper castings and operated by a lever topped with a standard "flattened" plastic ball the entire mounting assembly was a professional job. However,  the clutch part appears to be from none of the usual UK makers, Matrix, Crofts or Taylor - nor does it appear to be one adapted from a motorcycle - and so might, just, be a genuine Raglan item. If you have a clutch on your Raglan lathe, the writer would be very interested to know.

      In addition to the screw-down grease cap on the main spindle, all
      other sliding elements were drilled with lubrication holes

      Clutch operating lever was provided with an adjustable "spring and ball" indexing system. The
      "flattened ball" plastic knob on the control lever is identical to that used on the variable-speed control

      Clutch operating mechanism to the rear of the lathe bed

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      Raglan "Little John" Lathe Mk. 1 Photographs

      Copies of both the Little John Mk. 1 & 2 and Raglan "Five-Inch" Operator's Handbooks
      with Special Screwcutting Charts are available

      New Variable-speed drive belts   New top slide castings

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