Looks like I am going to buy this lathe !!!! It comes with 2 faceplates and 2 chucks and the plate for driving the dog , no steadies though . Has a spare lead screw with it . Yes it has the angled hand wheel for the tailstock . Quite a stout looking machine . Regards
Good machine. Arguably the best, and most expensive, of the 5" centre height lathes capable of being bench mounted. As I recall matters it's probably the easiest one to do metric threading on an imperial machine as very little change wheel shuffling appears to be needed to get a comprehensive range of metric threads. However I've never actually done this so may be mistaken. My involvement was through helping a friend rebuild one. Never got to drive in anger.
L00 backplates may be hard to find at ME friendly prices if you need to make up another chuck mount or similar. Cabinet mount version isn't significantly smaller than a Harrison, Smart & Brown 1024 and similar full industrial lathe which are up for heavier work.
The simplest check for wear on many lathes is just how noisy the gear head is. It should just hum and the motor may well make more noise than the gear head under heavy loads. No rattles in other words. This is describing an as new lathe though but is a useful guide.
Just add when I was looking at larger lathes and working in the garage this simple check allowed me to walk away from a number with out even looking closer. Next thing would be wear in the slides and a bit of turning.
This one sounds moderately worn to me. I tried to find another one that was sold on ebay and the rattles were at a point where I would look the lathe over very carefully and probably find very loose headstock bearings and a well worn bed.
I don't think that is anything to do with the make Nigel. I mentioned some one a while ago that had a larger long bed Kerry and it was as quiet as a mouse. His sons were machine tool dealers which probably helps especially on lathes that large. He tried to sell me a Student. That was an excellent example of the rattles which is probably why his sons weren't selling it. - or maybe not.
I have just bought a kerry AG lathe and the manual tells me to use esso esstric 50 oil in the headstock as this stuff has not been available for some time does anyone know what the suitable alternative is
thanks very mu ch for the quick reply, my intention is to replace the oil that is present as I have no idea how long it has been in the headstock, on a separate issue as this is my first lathe with a screwcutting gearbox, the manual says that when not screwcutting to put the right hand tumbler (numbers 1-9) into neutral position, but there is only the 9 slots so where is neutral?
I read the info on the "lathes" website but they say nothing in regards to headstock oil or a screwcutting gearbox neutral position, I will try to find out more info on the norton type screw cutting gearboxes
That is the neutral position as the tumbler gears are out of mesh with the Norton screw cutting gear cone and cannot drive it. Instead it meshes with the drive gear of the power feed drive rod. Feeds are selected via the left hand tumbler so the feed range is less comprehensive than on lathes that drive both leadscrew and feed rod via the Norton cone. See the bottom picture on this page **LINK** which shows both hole and the instruction plate. The manual is not perhaps as clear as it should be.
MITCHELL NM1 lathe 8.5-inch centre height (sometimes branded "Kerry") Recognisable by a cluster of three spindle-speed selector levers grouped together in a triangular formation on the face of the headstock and a traditional Norton type screwcutting gearbox just over half the length of the headstock and with a ten-position sliding tumbler and a single lever on the right. 4 pages (an original copy may also be available).
Students learn manual and computer drafting skills. Using AutoCAD LT students generate and plot one, two, and three-dimension drawings. Students may articulate credits earned to Wahpeton State College of Science Drafting program. Drafting students participate in the student organization Skill USA.
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