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Tomlee

The Tomlee was one on America's less well-known wood-turning lathes. Manufactured by the Tomlee Tool & Engineering Company of Minneapolis, it had a capacity over the cast-iron bed of 10 inches and accepted 31 inches between centres. The No. 1 Morse-taper spindle, threaded 3/4" x 16 tpi and running on one "New Departure" sealed ball bearing and one bronze bush, extended through both sides of the headstock to allow large-diameter bowl turning on the outboard, left-hand end. The front face of the headstock V pulley carried a ring of 60 holes for indexing purposes.
If the correct 1750 rpm motor was fitted (either below or behind the headstock - the belt would run in either direction) four spindle speeds of 400, 765, 1345 and 2275 rpm were available.  For ordinary work a 1/3 hp motor was recommended - whilst for heavy duty use the makers suggested that a 1/2 hp would give better results. The tailstock was fitted with an automatically-ejected No. 1 Morse-taper centre and the barrel was locked by a screw which bore directly against it; the bed clamp was a simple plate and nut - the latter rather inconveniently hidden behind the casting, away from the operator.
The lathe weighed 80 lbs and was 48 inches long.

Section through the tailstock

Headstock section showing the single ball race supporting the spindle nose - and the plain bronze bush at the opposite end.

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Tomlee