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Radford Wood Lathe

From Derby, the same city that produced the far better known Coronet wood lathes, the Radford Combination Woodworker also used (like all Coronet lathes of the time) a solid steel bar as its bed. However, instead of the plain bronze front and ball race rear of the Coronet, the Radford employed roller bearings at both ends, presumable to ease production problems while offering both higher spindle speeds and ease of replacement when worn. Although a saw bench was an extra on the Coronet (along with many other attachments) on the Radford it was supplied as part of the standard equipment.
Advertised for a short time during the late 1940s, few of these lathes can have been sold and should any reader have one, the writer would be interested to hear from you.