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Pixi Lathe


Announced during the 1969 Model Engineering Exhibition, the Pixi lathe was designed and manufactured by Brian Perris, and marketed through Sartglen Engineering Ltd. (part of the Wexler group, a garage and property company) of 113 Park Street, London W1Y 3FB and 148 Portland Road, Hove, Sussex. With a tiny 1.5-inch centre height and a skimpy specification, it did not immediately catch on and for a while disappeared from view. The lathe, considerably worked over and with the centre height increased to am more useful 2", appeared next for a short time during the early 1970s when it was being made (or marketed) by L. C. Jay and Son of 19 Oak Street, Norwich and sold badged with various names includin: Jason, Perris Pixi and (inevitably) "The New Randa" - the latter marketed by the makers of the original Randa lathe, Ross & Alexander of 165-167 Bishopgate, London E.C.2
The origianl version was, in many respects, similar to the Jason  (full details here) but smaller - the centre height being just 1.5 inches and the between-centres' capacity 8 inches - and of a simpler specification. The 5/16"-bore spindle was driven by an overhung pulley from a built-on 1/8th hp motor and the bed equipped with a 4-inch capacity gap as standard (the latter feature a post-exhibition modification. A proper compound slide rest was fitted (with the feed-screws carrying micrometer-graduated collars) driven along the bed by manual feed from a full-length leadscrew with a micrometer dial on its handwheel rim. The self-eject tailstock barrel had a No. 1 Morse taper socket and the whole lathe was 14 inches long and weighed around 24 lbs. In April, 1969 the list price was 35.
If you own a Pixi lathe, or one of their other machine tools, or know anything of the company's history, the writer would be interested to hear from you..

Pixi drill and scroll-saw

A well-used Pixi lathe



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Pixi Lathe