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Raglan Lathes - Historic Photographs
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Discovered hidden inside a pile of papers purchased from a machine-tool dealer based near Nottingham, the photographs below are from the Raglan's Company's Publicity Department. Intended to be used by a printer in the preparation of sales literature, the original negative size would almost certainly have been 21/4" x 21/4", these giving an exceptional sharp and clear result. Doubtless, many other pictures would have been taken - but are now almost certainly lost, the surviving ones only being saved only because a director of the Myford Company - who bought out Raglan - thought them to be worth saving.
The pictures, taken in the early 1950s, show the various forms of the Mk.2 Raglan "Little John" lathe, this being available not only as an ordinary backgeared and screwcutting machine (the tern used was S.S. and S.C. (standing for Sliding and Surfacing feeds and Screw Cutting) but also as production capstan, training, test-piece turning, fine boring & oil-grooving and brass-finishing models.
Also offered was a variable-speed drive unit; this was based on the lathe's standard drive system (patent No. 634707) but contained within a neat casting as a stand-alone unit that could be employed to drive a variety of small machine tools.

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Mid-1950s--the now-demolished works of the Raglan Engineering Co.Ltd. at the junction of Cambel and Raleigh Streets in Nottingham.  Parked in the
foreground is an early Morris Minor and, almost out of view, a Mk.1 DeLux Austin Ruby. Many similar buildings in the area survive, many converted to student flats.

Location of the Raglan works as it appeared in 2019

Carr & Co. Ironmongers of 6 & 8 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, a proper shop - well as they used to be. In front of the 27/6 deep-fat chip fryers and 9/- multi-egg poaching saucepans are three Raglan lathes: one Mk.2 Little John with a screwcutting gearbox and mounted on the maker's sheet-steel cabinet stand with storage draws and a cupboard; sitting on the floor a screwcutting-by-changewheels Mk.2 Little John for bench mounting and behind the lathe facing the window, one of the now seldom-found Raglan wood-turning lathes. Suggesting that the shop was in Nottingham and the owner closely in touch with the staff at Raglan Engineering, in the bottom right-hand corner of the window are two mounted display pieces, one of the tumble-reverse assembly and the other a headstock spindle and backgear.

Seven Raglan Mk.2 Little John lathes ready for dispatch

A basic-specification MK.2 Little John lathe on the heavy stand with the option of a built-in coolant tank and pump. The chip tray and
base were in cast iron with the rest formed from bolted-on steel plates.. Few stands like this appear to have survived.
Do you have one?

Little John with a screwcutting gearbox

Mk.2 Raglan Little John Lathe with a screwcutting gear box and mounted on the maker's sheet-steel stand with storage drawers and a cupboard

The first dedicated Raglan capstan lathe - a suitably modified Mk.2 Little John circa 1952. This lathe had a lever-operation of collet closer and backgear together - though at extra cost - with a 3-speed turret drive mechanism, this being provided by a belt-turned shaft - the arrangement is shown below. Fitted to the parting-off slide is the heavy-duty indexing 4-way toolpost, this being the same item offered as an option of the standard lathes to use in place of the top-slide when undertaking extra heavy work. By 1955 the lathe had undergone a number of significant changes with a completely redesigned saddle with a single lift-and-lower sliding feed engagement lever and an automatic knock-off mechanism that was triggered by engagement  against a 4-position, indexing bed-mounted stop.

Raglan Little John capstan lathe 3-speed turret power-feed mechanism

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Raglan Lathes - Historic Photographs