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Meteor Wood Lathe.


Manufactured in the heart of Glasgow (just behind the Central Train Station) at 1, Cardogan Street by the long-forgotten Scottish Precision Engineering Company, the "Meteor" wood-turning lathe must have been current during the 1950s. As no technical data for the model is to hand, one might surmise from its appearance that the centre height was around 5 inches and the capacity between centres 20 inches or so. O f simple design, the lathe appears to have had its cast-iron headstock and bed formed as one piece, but with a separate foot, secured by a horizontal through bolt, at the tailstock end.
Underdriven (like the Myford ML8) by a V-belt directly from a motor with a 4-step pulley on a hinged, cast aluminium countershaft, the spindle (almost certainly supported in good-sized ball races) would have had speeds of  approximately 700, 1140, 1780 and 3000 r.p.m. Simple lever-released T-rests were used on the flat-topped bed with, outboard of the headstock spindle, a boss onto which clamped the makers tilting sanding table and a bowl-turning rest. For lathe with what must have been a limited production run - the writer has only ever seen the one example shown below - it appears to have been a well-finished machine with no compromises as to weight or specification.
Another rare Scottish-built wood lathes from the 1950s included the round-bed Rollo and rather unusual Lumsden Woodworker.
Should any reader have another example of the Meteor, the writer would be interested to hearing from you..

Bowl turning rest