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Western Aircraft Tool Co.
"New-All"
Lathe Screwcutting
& Feeds Gearbox

Offered during the mid 1940s, unfortunately just before the genuine maker's screwcutting gearbox became available for Atlas lathes in 1947, the Western Aircraft Tool Company's "New-All" unit was attached by drilling and tapping four holes in the bed. Exactly when production started is uncertain, but in November 1945 advertisements appeared proclaiming: "New improved model!" - which, assuming this to be true (and such publicity "puffs" rarely were), might put the start some twelve months earlier. Early literature mentions a gearbox casing in aluminium, but later ones were in cast iron--with both types using bronze bushes for the shafts.
At first, in addition to 10-inch Atlas lathes (and their Craftsman copies), the box could also be supplied to fit machines from Logan and Powerkraft and later, by mid 1946, South Bend 9-inch lathes as well. At this point the unit was being offered at $75 - in comparison, a complete Craftsman 12-inch gearbox conversion set had been $125 in 1943 rising to $197 during 1947 (the latter being the first post-war WW2 year in which the lathes became available). By April, 1947, when the final advertisements appeared, the price had risen to $89.
If you have one these gearboxes, the writer would be interested to hear from you.

The Western Aircraft Tool Co. gearbox as advertised during 1946

Western Aircraft Tool Co.  gearbox fitted to a Logan lathe

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Western Aircraft Tool Co.
"New-All"
Lathe Screwcutting
& Feeds Gearbox