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ZKN Lathe


Probably of German manufacture and from the lathe 1940s to early 1950s, the robust-looking ZKN lathe appears to be virtually unknown outside its country of origin.
With a centre height of around 175 mm and taking approximately 900 mm between centres the ZKN used a bed with flat and V ways, its depth being considerable, even when made cutaway towards the tailstock end. Of considerable length, the saddle had the cross slide mounted on its centre line with both it, and the top slide, using tapered gib strips. All-geared, the headstock looks to had had twelve speeds - and, judging by its charts, a comprehensively specified screwcutting and feeds gearbox. Power sliding and surfacing feeds were driven by a separate power shaft and electrical control of the lathe by the "third-rod" system - it being likely that, instead of the more normal duplicated control levers with one just to the right of the gearbox and the second duplicated on the apron, a single lever on the face of the gearbox was used instead.
While the lathe shown carries a badge proclaiming ZKN, as this is cast into a door on the front face of the headstock foot it may be disguising its true origins. Such doors, so very easily changed,  were much loved by distributors and dealers wanting to put their own branding on a lathe.



Should you have a ZKN lathe, the writer would be interested to hear from you

ZKN Lathe
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