Rexman Lathes - Australia
Rexman lathes were made, in some numbers, in the immediate post-WW2 years in Melbourne, Australia. The Company was owned by Rex Osman (hence Rex-Man) who made his 4.5 inch centre height machine available in various bed lengths. The machine was absolutely conventional in design and execution - a flat-topped V-edged bed with a gap, plain spindle bearings, backgear and screwcutting by changewheels and drive by a flat-belt cone pulley - and so typical of the type made for amateurs in the period 1930 to the early 1950s. Useful fittings for this market included a proper compound slide rest (with the T-slotted cross slide equipped with a "step-out" bracket supporting the end of the feed screw and allowing an extra 1.5 or so inches of travel), tumble reverse gearing to the leadscrew, a hollow tailstock spindle with a No. 2 Morse taper, an extension to the end of the leadscrew that allowed a handle to be fitted and a good-sized thread-dial indicator.
Mr. Osman was, apparently, amenable to supplying lathes to a customer's requirements and it is thought that a Norton-type quick change screwcutting and feeds gearbox may have been available as extras.
If you have a Rexman lathe, or any information about the Company and its products, the writer would be very interested to hear from you.