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Having established their first model in production, a second was introduced, the Duo Lathe this being slightly larger than the original ManSon and a more fully-developed machine with backgear and a built-in multi-speed countershaft. Shortly afterwards a third machine joined the line-up, the very rare, less expensive "MonoLathe" - a version of the DuoLathe intended just for simple plain-turning work with the bed (but not the stand) painted black. The MonoLathe, while retaining the backgear and a ball-bearing supported collet-holding headstock spindle, lacked a carriage assembly and leadscrew - the maker equipping it with just a tip-over toolrest. Without a bed rack - the normal place for the serial number to be stamped - on the MonoLathe this was punched (prefixed by J9) into the left-hand face of the main body, to the lower right-hand side - and so is not visible when the end cover is in place. Electrical control was by a rheostat foot unit, not unlike that used on a sewing machine, with a reversing switch on the back face of the bed. Few examples of the MonoLathe can have been made, the highest serial number so far encountered being 110; indeed, so slow must sales have been that a number were converted by the manufacturer to DuoLathe specification - which could be the explanation for why, very occasionally, an example of that model is found with the black bed - the rarest and so most collectable ManSon of all.
Should any reader have a MonoLathe, or a DuoLathe with the black bed, the writer would be interested to hear from you.

Operated by a foot control, the motor's reversing switch was on the back face of the lathe

An identical layout to the DuoLathe with a speed-change countershaft and backgear

The only bed fitting (apart from the tailstock, was flip-up T-rest

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