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Multico-Tekny TWL800/1000
- TWL-860110 & TWL-860120 Wood Lathes -

A manual is available for this lathe


One of several wood-turning lathes manufactured by Tekny and marketed by Multico, the TWL-860110 and TWL-860120 were amongst the largest and heaviest offered. Made in cast iron, the headstock and tailstock were supported on a robust, widely-spaced, solid-steel, chrome-plated twin bar bed - the respective 800 and 1000 mm between centres of the two models and shared centre height of 200 mm allowing for decently large jobs to be tackled. Power came from a 0.75 kW/1 h.p. single or 3-phase motor built into the underside of the headstock with drive going direct to the spindle via 5-step V-pulleys. Motor control was by a simple push-button, no-volt release starter on the headstock's front face. Access to the drive belt was by a door that formed the left-hand face of the headstock, the motor being lifted by a large locking knob at the front that allowed the belt to be shifted from groove to groove. The six speeds provided ran through a perfectly adequate 550, 800, 1300, 1800 and 25000 r.p.m. on a 50 Hz supply and 660, 960, 1560, 2160 and 3000 r.p.m on 60 Hz. To help stop larger jobs, a simple mechanical friction brake was fitted to the spindle drive, the operating lever protruding forwards from the junction between the headstock casting and belt guard.
Supplied with each new lathe was a 150 mm diameter faceplate to screw onto the M20 x 1.5 mm spindle nose, a wood-screw chuck and, to fit the generously proportioned No. 3 Morse taper tailstock spindle - rare on any wood lathe save for the very largest - a rotating centre.
Overall dimensions, when mounted on the maker's stand, were 1500 mm in length, 820 mm front to back and 1190 mm tall - with weights of 93.6 kg for the 1000 mm between-centres model and 89.6 kg for the 800 mm version.
A wide range of accessories was offered including a tilting sanding table assembly, a bolt-together stand made from sections of pressed steel, extra long tool rests, a bed mounted three-point steady, wood screw and socket chucks, Morse wood-drive and standard centres, a tailstock rotating centre with a large diameter cone, faceplates, drill chucks, 3-jaw self-centring and 4-jaw independent chucks and, a selection of turning and boring tools. However, an unexpected addition was the listing of a copying attachment, the TCA 800/1000. Able (so claimed the makers) to be adapted to other wood-turning lathes, this device could manage both longitudinal and faceplate duplication, the size limits being the full length between centres of each lathe and to a depth of 60 mm. The maximum copy diameters were limited to 120 mm between centres and 380 mm on faceplate work.
It is believed that this and other Tekny models (lathes and other wood-working machines) were also sold using other brand names in a number of export markets.
Some of the wood lathes that had competed in the same market segment - what might be termed the professional end of the more serious amateur market - were the Denford Tools Viceroy, Harrison Jubilee and Graduate, the Wadkin BZL, and BL150, Emco DB5, Coronet Major, Myford Mystro, some models by Oliver and the rare Milford..

Multico-Tekny TWL800/1000 (TWL-860110 & TWL-860120) Wood Lathe on the maker's stand

Copying attachment Type TCA 800/1000 for longitudinal and faceplate duplication

Copying attachment Type TCA 800/1000 set for faceplate work


A manual is available for this lathe

Multico-Tekny TWL800/1000
- TWL-860110 & TWL-860120 Wood Lathes -

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