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Conversion to Metal Lathe Kit
Craftsman Home Page   Model 80 & AA109, Dunlap & Companion Lathes
Last AA109 Model 109.21280    Early 9-inch and 12-inch Lathes   
Late-model 12-inch Lathes     
Craftsman 6" Lathe Mk. 1    Craftsman 6" Lathe Mk. 2   
Craftsman wood lathe conversion kit to metal

SEARS Model 549-2892 8-inch Lathe (Re-badged Emco Compact 8)

Sherman Clark Mfg. Co. of Jackson Michigan - Armature Lathe
Craftsman-branded Wood Lathes   Courlan-branded 109

It was in 1935 that the first Craftsman wood-turning lathe became available fitted with a comprehensive metal-turning kit. With many similarities to the following year's metal-turning lathe (made by Atlas) this was a very different machine when compared with the cheaper lathes in the range.  The assembly of parts was very comprehensive and included a leadscrew, changewheels, tumble reverse assembly, a proper carriage, compound slide rest and a complete backgear assembly that, in conjunction with the 8-speed countershaft, gave the lathe 16 very useful speeds  from a low of 28 to a high of 2540 rpm. The only drawback was that by the time the complete kit was fitted, and the lathe upgraded, the price exceeded that of the contemporary metal-turning lathe by more than 50%..


1935 12-inch wood-turning lathe fitted with the complete metal-lathe conversion kit.

Wood-turning lathe headstock equipped with backgear to provide low speeds for large-diameter metal turning and screwcutting.

The rest of the screwcutting conversion - twin-arm banjo to carry the changewheels, tumble-reverse mechanism and the left-hand leadscrew hanger bracket and leadscrew itself.

Part of the Screwcutting Attachment - the changewheels, guard and electrical switch.

The full carriage for the conversion to a metal lathe.
A choice of two slide rests was offered - a simple cross slide and combined tool post, or a compound slide rest - illustrated below.

The two tool slides which fitted the full carriage model.
Top: the compound slide with swivelling top slide.
Below: the simple cross slide with integral tool post.

Self-contained countershaft  unit and motor bracket

Fixed steady (with, surprisingly, screw-feed adjustable fingers) and the thread-dial

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Conversion to Metal Lathe Kit
Craftsman Home Page   Model 80 & AA109, Dunlap & Companion Lathes
Last AA109 Model 109.21280    Early 9-inch and 12-inch Lathes   
Late-model 12-inch Lathes     
Craftsman 6" Lathe Mk. 1    Craftsman 6" Lathe Mk. 2   
Craftsman wood lathe conversion kit to metal

SEARS Model 549-2892 8-inch Lathe (Re-badged Emco Compact 8)

Sherman Clark Mfg. Co. of Jackson Michigan - Armature Lathe
Craftsman-branded Wood Lathes