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Raglan Woodturning Lathe
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   Raglan Miller

Copies of both the Little John Mk. 1 & 2 and Raglan "Five-Inch" Operator's Handbooks
with Special Screwcutting Charts are available
New Variable-speed drive belts, cross-feed screw nuts, rack-pinion gears, clasp nuts,
faceplates, backplates, new top-slide upper castings and other spares often in stock
E-MAIL   Tony@lathes.co.uk
or phone: 01298 -872874




Advertised as The Little John Woodturner - and looking not dissimilar to the Harrison Union Jubilee and (much heavier) Wadkin Type BZL - the Raglan wood lathe can only have been made in very limited numbers and is very rare -  hardly any appearing on the second-hand market. As a simple wood-turning lathe this was an impressively engineered machine for it was, of course, based on the heavily built Little John metal lathe but stripped to its essential components and with a speed range more suitable for wood turning. The lathe had its headstock and bed cast as one piece with a centre height of 5.125-inches and a choice of between-centres capacities -  30 or 40 inches.
Constructed of heavy-gauge sheet steel, the headstock pedestal housed the underdrive 0.75 h.p. electric motor - this being mounted on a plate that could be tilted by means of a foot pedal to slacken the V-belt and so change the four speed of 570, 1070, 1900 and 3500 rpm - access being provided through a hinged top plate and a door cut into the face of the plinth. The No. 2 Morse taper headstock spindle had a square, 6 t.p.i. nose thread (exactly like the metal lathes) and ran in Timken taper roller bearings; it was fitted with a useful brake operated by a handle that protruded through the front face of the headstock. The inner (smaller) faceplate was in cast iron but the 12-inch diameter outer, for bowl turning, was in aluminium and could hold material up to 18-inches in diameter and 5-inches thick.
Unfortunately neither the inboard nor outboard tool holder was fitted with a quick release to allow instant repositioning, instead a loose spanner had to be found to unclamp the locking nut. Two T-rests were provided, 6-inches and 12-inches long, both of which could be interchanged between  the rests. A rack-driven carriage assembly with a light-duty compound slide rest was on the options list, together with a saw table and the usual range of chucks and turning tools.
Unfortunately no works photographs of the lathe appear to have survived - if you have one of these lathes the writer would be very interested indeed to hear from you..



Raglan Home Page   Raglan Capstan Lathes   Factory Pictures
Little John Mk. 1   Raglan Loughborough Training Lathe   Accessories   Raglan Miller


Raglan Woodturning Lathe

Copies of both the Little John Mk. 1 & 2 and Raglan "Five-Inch" Operator's Handbooks
with Special Screwcutting Charts are available
New Variable-speed drive belts, cross-feed screw nuts, rack-pinion gears, clasp nuts,
faceplates, backplates, new top-slide upper castings and other spares often in stock
E-MAIL   Tony@lathes.co.uk
or phone: 01298 -872874

email: tony@lathes.co.uk
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