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Early Milnes 3.5" Lathes Circa 1890-1912
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A Milnes treadle lathe from circa 1900-1910 - and as illustrated in a book published during 1912. With a choice of 3" and 41/2 " centre heights this model could swing (in its especially deep gap) 11" and 18" in diameter respectively. The spindle, driven by a light "gut" round leather rope, was hardened, with conical bearing surfaces and ran in hardened steel bushes - so mimicking contemporary watch-lathe practice. In all other respects it followed contemporary design with, for example, a carriage traverse gear acting directly on the bed rack and controlled by a crank handle - the whole assembly providing a usefully rapid return - but not intended for the operator to attempt fine feeds. The saddle was T-slotted, to allow for the mounting of boring jobs and the usual simple Willis patent toolholder fitted to the top slide - with both it and the cross slide bereft of micrometer dials.
Drive to the very coarse-pitch leadscrew was through a tumble-reverse mechanism with the usual generous set of screwcutting changewheels provided, the very large gears being necessary to obtain a fine carriage feed.

The Mines 3.5-inch centre height lathe as advertised during 1912 - but manufactured in this form from the early 1890s

Milnes R-Type  Very Early Milnes Lathe   Milnes 1920s   13" Photographs
Milnes Home Page   Milnes Milling Machine   Milnes Planer   Milnes DF-4 Lathe (Denham)

Literature for antique Milnes lathes is available

Early Milnes 3.5" Lathes Circa 1890-1912

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