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Winner of the 2020 "Economy-with-Accuracy" price, this simple plain-turning lathe was almost certainly made in France during the early years of the 20th century. Now, over 100 years later, its current owner has fitted a spindle-speed digital read-out, a DRO on the tailstock spindle and a large-diameter micrometer thimble to measure the travel of the top slide. Fitted with a leadscrew running down the centre line of the bed, it is possible that, originally, screwcutting using changewheels might have been fitted, though the pictures are not clear enough to reveal if this might have been the case.
No backgear is fitted and the drive, most economically, comes from an electric drill bolted to the wall. "An electric drill!" you cry, "Surely not!" But, why not? With variable-speed control a DC drill has enormous torque and the same system was used on some version of the very high-class, Swiss-made Astoba-universal - a cousin to the better-known German Hommel UWG.