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Slide Rests & Attachments

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Ames 1940s to 1960s   Circa 1835/80 Ames Chicopee Lathe

Although no Operator's Manual was ever produced for Ames lathes,
a collection of interesting Sales Catalogues is available.

The Ames Compound Slide Rest, a substantial affair which weighed 16 lbs, had finely made feed screws of 0.354" diameter, with milled threads of square form running though bronze nuts.
The top slide could be swivelled through 50 degrees either size of zero and the 4
5/8" diameter base was clamped by two screws engaging with a circular T slot in the 3.75"-travel cross slide.
Whilst the top slide has the usual generous amount of travel for this type of lathe (5.5"), the cross slide was limited to just 3.75"
The micrometer dials, with bevelled edges, could be zeroed but, like many other lathes of the time, were far too small, being just over 1" in diameter.

Lever-action cut-off or "forming slide", used to part off, or turn work to the "form" of a cutting tool.

A special compound slide rest with a lever-action top slide and designed for delicate work where sensitivity of feel over a limited tool travel was required. The slide is shown in action below.

Traverse-spindle Grinding Attachment, so called because the spindle (being held in the hand) was free to slide in its bearings. An overhead pulley drove the spindle and the rope drive, twisted in this case to reverse its direction of rotation, can be seen wrapped round a pulley in the middle of the shaft. In the illustration above a small hole is being finished in the end of a hardened rod with a diamond lap - the spindle being run at between 10,000 and 12,000 rpm.

Traverse-spindle Grinding Attachment mounted on the top slide

Outside Grinding Attachment

Swivelling Vertical slide with partially-hidden indexing unit.

Tailstock for supporting grinding work.

Cutter Relieving Attachment

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Ames Millers   Ames Triplex Multi-Function Machine   Photographs
Ames 1940s to 1960s   Circa 1835/80 Ames Chicopee Lathe

Although no Operator's Manual was ever produced for Ames lathes,
a collection of interesting Sales Catalogues is available.

Ames Lathes
Slide Rests & Attachments

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