A very well made, all-geared head lathe the Emco Maximat V13 was supplied with a hardened bed as standard. Believed to have been based on a French Vernier design (Emco had bought the company) and also sold badged as the Vöest DA160, it was probably the largest conventional centre lathe ever listed by Emco Maier and offered a remarkable amount of capacity on a very compact footprint. The electrical controls were to a much higher industrial specification than the company's other offerings, with the motor switch controlled by a traditional and very safe "third-shaft" with the lever pivoting from the lower right-hand side of the apron within easy reach of the operator in any normal working position. The lathe had a centre height of 165 mm (6.5") and a standard bed length of 850 mm (33.5") or 1000 mm (39.4") for the long-bed version. The hole through the headstock spindle was 36 mm (1.4") and the standard-fit two-speed 1.7/2.2 kW (2.3/3.0 h.p.) motor drove through a Poly-V belt to give a total of 16 speeds from 30 to 2500 rpm. The tailstock taper was 3 Morse taper and the barrel had a travel of 100 mm (4").
Totally enclosed with all-lever control, the screwcutting gearbox was ran in an oil bath and transmitted power to the feed shaft through a slipping clutch designed to prevent damage in the case of mishandling by the operator; Emco also claimed that this feature allowed turning up to a shoulder with automatic slip once reached. In normal use the leadscrew, driven by a dog clutch, was used only for cutting threads and was otherwise left stationary. 28 metric threads were available spanning 0.4 to 7 mm while the Imperial version provided 24 inch pitches from 4 to 56 t.p.i. An optional changewheel set converted both metric and Imperial machines to translate the other's threads - and also allowed 28 module pitches from 0.2 to 3.5 and 32 diametral pitches from 8 to 112 DP to be generated.
Changewheel sets to extend threading ranges were also available (and might have been supplied as part of the standard equipment for some markets). For Imperial (inch) they comprised: 42t, 55t, 60t, 63t, 65t, 75t, 80t, 90t, 96t and 120t. For metric models the set was: 30t, 50t, 60t, 63t, 65t, 70t, 75t 95t, 110t and 120t.
Especially well constructed, the cabinet stand was supplied as part of the standard equipment and came with a useful slide-out chip tray and a generously proportioned splash back. As an option, the well-known Emco 6-speed milling head with fine and quick-action drilling feeds could be mounted at the rear of the bed and came complete with a usefully-large T-slotted boring table; a special vice was available to make the most of this table and Emco also offered a well-thought-out range of other milling accessories.
Although the V13 was inspected to DIN 8606 standard, an option was available to upgrade this to DIN 8605 "toolroom-lathe accuracy". This did not, of course, change the machine into a traditional and genuine toolroom lathe - for that it would have needed to weigh at least twice its stated 550 kg and be of a very different design..