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      email: tony@lathes.co.uk
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      Valentin Lathe

      Made by Valentin Fils of 63 Avenue de Choisy, Paris  - a maker of wood and metal-working machine tools - the company's only known surviving product (at the time of writing) is this simple but very heavily-built wood-turning lathe. Manufactured in the early years of the 20th century the lathe had a 200 mm centre height, a capacity between centres of 800 mm and, when found, was being driven from a 3-phase motor by a 3-step pulley direct to the headstock. At 150 mm high and 212 mm wide the bed was, for a wood lathe, enormously strong and carried on stout cast-iron legs. A compound slide rest, useful for precision wood turning and light-duty metal work, was carried on a slotted bracket and bolted down in place of the standard T-rest. With a 40 mm diameter and 4 mm pitch the thread on the spindle nose was relatively fine - though no Morse tapers were used in headstock or tailstock, the centres being secured by bolts of 16 mm diameter x 2 mm pitch.
      If you have a Valentin lathe or machine tool of any type  the writer would be very interested to hear from you.


      Headstock, tailstock and wood-turning rest. The distinctive shape of the headstock might provide a recognition point for other lathes by this maker

      A simple but useful compound slide rest was fitted to the Valentin to provide precision wood turning or light-duty metal work

      The very strong cast-iron legs and bed of a Vanentin are being used to improve the rigidity of a Teknatool Nova DVR 3000 wood-turning lathe. As sold by the makers this modern lathe was also supported on cast-iron legs - but the British importer (perhaps to save shipping costs) submitted a woefully inadequate prefabricated steel stand. Bolted to the bed of the Valentin  the improvement in rigidity was most marked - the owner reporting that it became: "As solid as a rock."


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      Valentin Lathe



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