A tiny machine, that weighed 93/4 pounds and stood just over 8-inches high, the Goodell-Pratt Model 700 lathe admitted 31/2" between centres and swung 5" over the bed. Easily recognised by its distinctive, cast-in bracing ribs on the headstock and mounting foot, the 700 also formed a basis for a range of simple "polishing" lathes, the Model Nos. 28, 29 and 291/2. These versions carried a 2-step flat-belt headstock pulleys (with the larger grooved to take a round belt for running at high speeds) with the 291/2 boasting a screw-feed tailstock, a spindle with a taper in both ends, a left-hand outboard "false nose", an arbor to carry a small saw blade, a Jacobs chuck and a small faceplate of the typical Goodell-Pratt twin-slot type. The Model 29, which cost just $1 less, used a standard spindle and an ordinary "push" tailstock barrel - but was otherwise (apart from the false nose) identical.
In comparison with their very modest claims for the larger Model 125 lathe (
.We do not claim to make a precision tool
.) the makers almost eulogised the 700 claiming that is was: "thoroughly practical in every way, and capable of all classes of work within its capacity
." and: "
thoroughly well made, and in perfect alignment." However, conscious no doubt of the distrusting nature of tight-fisted customers, hurriedly added the rider, "...yet all unnecessary expense has been eliminated."
The bed, of a lighter pattern than the models 125 and 494, had a top that was milled and then hand scraped to leave a pleasing though probably just cosmetically-attractive finish. The spindle, carrying a 4-step pulley for round-rope drive, was bored through 3/16-inch and fitted with a draw-in collet holder; a centre was supplied on a collet, there being no Morse taper socket. Although the headstock was without a Morse fitting, the tailstock carried a tiny No. 0 fitting.
A range of simple but effective drive systems was offered consisting of countershafts Z and PZ, both designed for use with the Model 700 lathe in conjunction with the Nos. 116, 35, 117 and 122 "Foot Power" - as the makers described their floor-mounted, treadle-operated drive unit. The "PZ" Countershaft was designed for wall mounting and was strong enough, claimed the makers, to also accept power from "steam or electricity". Whilst the four drive pulleys were stepped from 2 to 3-inches in diameter, and sized for 1/4-inch round belting, the single driven pulley was grooved in the centre so that the owner could choose to use either a 1/4-inch round or a 1-inch wide flat belt. The lighter "Z" countershaft was designed for bench mounting. Details of the "Foot Powers" - neat little foot-operated motors which were easily adaptable to other small lathes and power tools - are alongside their illustrations at the bottom of this page.
An astoundingly wide range of useful accessories was also offered (some more expensive than the $44 cost of the basic lathe) all designed to convert the machine into a miniature universal tool..