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Member since 02 Jun 2011
Member from Auckland
Hi, I just joined up a few months ago and as i'm up here in the middle of the night checking my email, I thought that someone on this site might be able to identify a little metal lathe I have just purchased (to keep me sane by still using my engineering skills instead of playing snakes and ladders).Seems that it was sold in Auckland by a company known as "Johns ltd", who as far as I can see produced radios up till around 1952, when they finally shut up shop. I feel that this little machine wasn't actually made in Auckland, but may have been an import and badged as "Johns". - it is called "Companion" and this made me think it may have been sold by SEARS in America, but as yet I haven't seen any photos of a lathe looking anything like this actual model.I do however notice that the last entry on this subject was 2 years ago, and maybe I'm pushing it a bit to expect a prompt reply! - but lets try anyway. I'll have to get used to posting photos here though! and I don't have the time to sort it out tonight, but maybe someone who has some knowledge on this little machine may be able to help.thanks, Will.
Member since 07 Jul 2006
Member from Riverhead
Post deleted at 03 Jan 2012 11:40am by Bernhard
Will try it again the photo bucket thing did not work.
From the brief disription do yo have Millar Falls companion lathe that is badged with the seller of these lathes here in NZ.
There is also a similar one from Goodell Pratt made in the same factory with improved goodell on it.
http://treadleit.info/Goodell%20Lathe%20with%20Scroll%20saw have a look here this is my web site about treadle lathe's and machines.
http://treadleit.info/Millers%20Falls%20Scroll%20saw%27s and the next page from Millars Fall.
I put some pictures also in photobucket for you tom see.
BERNHARD,Thanks for your reply, but I wouldn't think that my lathe ever was a treadle machine, - I haven't as yet brought it home, but it looks that it may be a little more modern than those treadle machines you have displayed, (it's about 3 1/2" centre height and around 10'' between centres with flatbelt drive and backgear. It looks a bit more like the bigger Southbend Lathe (which it isn't), - it is screwcutting capable, and probably has feed( using the screwcutting leadscrew), no crossfeed, and no compound slide.The motor mounted at present is 1/4 horsepower with direct drive to the flatbelt pulleys,(using a V belt!). I reckon I will need to fit an intermediate pulley arrangement to bring the spindle speed down to an acceptable RPM, (bronze bearings with oiler cups).Sorry, still don't have time to get photos sorted out on photobucket as yet.
Looking forward to the pictures,
There is a very good web site about all different lathe.
Look under Southbend and see if yours is in it.
They have also good information available.
Member since 10 Jul 2006
Member from Papatoetoe
I have installed photobucket but still can't workout how to place photoes on here. Callme thick if you like.
Member since 19 Sep 2010
Member from Napier
Justme, first u need to upload by selecting in photo bucket;
then u need to copy from photo bucket to paste into Gus;
If i try and edit pics above it will change formatting - instead of Gus read GUs - spell check does it again.
Also Links do not show for me until i click them as i run 'Click to Flash' to stop a bunch of 'Flash' pop ups from loading, so your screen of links will look different to mine above.
It did not work for me the first time but thought that something went wrong.
And the second time no problem.
I have placed one here again.
I click on the HTML link- then it said copied- and then i past it in this window.
This should work.
I took a loooooooooooong time to load it.
way to long for thid small picture but that could be the server used or Photobucket is trottled.
Ps; hat;s me standing beside this flywheel.
The reason it took a long time to load is the file size - i always reduce mine before i upload them to photobucket which also speeds upload and makes little difference to perceived quality of the on line pic. The 2 above were 19KB and 48 KB respectively - aim for less than 200 KB.
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