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Willson Slant Bed & Elliott "Ensign" Lathes - Page 3
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The Slant-bed lathe was offered with the usual range of standard accessories - large faceplates, fixed and travelling steadies, collets, 4-way and quick-set toolholders, dead-length fixed and micrometer stops, a toolpost grinder, a vertical milling slide (etc), and one or two out-of-the-ordinary ones - a taper-turning and profiling attachment which could be used on the top slide, an unusually arranged hydraulic copying attachment and, strangest of all for a machine produced into the 1960s, a con-rod boring jig.

The Taper-turning and Forming Attachment was probably of a unique design, being adaptable to both longitudinal and facing tapers. It could also be employed for simple contour-forming work.
In the top picture the top slide is bolted parallel to the cross slide, and the unit used to cut an internal taper.
In the lower picture the unit is mounted in front of the top slide, and being employed to generate an inward taper towards the chuck.

A rare Willson Capstan Slant-Bed with a bed-mounted capstan unit and fitted as standard with a 2-speed motor that gave speeds of 9, 39, 78, 715 and 1430 rpm.. A 1.5-inch diameter capacity lever-action collet closer was mounted on the headstock spindle nose. The capstan unit had a maximum stroke of 7-inches and its turret accepted tooling with 1.25-inch diameter shanks.

A long-bed version of the Capstan Conversion Slant-Bed

The Hydraulic-copying unit was unusual in having the sample carrier mounted beneath an elevated  steel bar fastened between the headstock and tailstock ends of the bed

Con-rod Boring Jig - designed to finish machine cast, white-metal bearings
With the universal adoption in post WW2 years of snap-in shell bearings, the appearance of this once-common unit in the accessory pages was most unusual.

Self-contained, Internal & External Grinding Attachment

Heavily-built Vertical Milling Slide.

The Vertical milling Slide fitted with an Indexing Gear-cutting Attachment.

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Willson Slant Bed & Elliott "Ensign" Lathes - Page 3
Accessories
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