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Willson Slant-Bed & Elliott "Ensign" Lathes - Page 2
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A 1960s Slant-Bed, badged as an "Ensign" with alterations to the protective blinds on the bed, a more massive tailstock, minor changes to the control levers and screwcutting gearbox - and sporting a "safety" catchplate on the spindle.

Elliott-Willson "Mark 1N" - this was an adaptation of the Willson "Slant-Bed", but with a conventional level ways, and branded (using the term "straight bed") as both a Willson and an Elliott - in the latter case as the "Mark 1N" with a 7-inch centre height and, in what must have been an earlier version, as the 6.5-inch "Mark 1U" (below). Unlike earlier models of the "slant-bed" where the headstock spindle speed-control levers could be accidentally knocked sideways this machine (as well as very late production Slant-beds) were fitted with levers that required them to be pressed inwards before they could be moved. The type can be easily recognised by a quadrant-shaped housing, engraved with spindle speeds, that covered the levers.

Elliott-Willson "Mark 1U"  an adaptation of the Slant-Bed but with conventionally-arranged, level ways.

A Willson Slant-Bed fitted with both a later-type clutch and brake control and a safety catchplate with the drive dogs inside the cylinder

Spindle speed-change plate

Inside the screwcutting gearbox


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Willson Slant-Bed & Elliott "Ensign" Lathes - Page 2
Willson Home Page    6.5" Slant-Bed Lathe Page 1   Early 7.5" lathe   Late 7.5" Lathe   
8.5" Lathe   10.5" Lathe   12.5" Lathe   Slant-bed Photographs