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Charles Taylor metal spinning lathe plus tools and accessories

Falmouth, Cornwall £1,500.00
131 days ago


For Sale, our 7” Charles Taylor metal spinning lathe, set of spinning tools, lignum vitae and nylon mandrels, and aluminium spinning discs.

Metal spinning lathes are hard things to get hold of, and what we have here is a fantastic example of a beautifully restored, original, dedicated metal spinning lathe. We have updated the motor so the lathe can be used in workshops and studios without three phase electrics, and included spinning tools, mandrels, and spinning discs, everything you need to get spinning immediately.

Metal spinning lathes differ from woodturning lathes in several key areas. They feature tapered front bearings to resist against the considerable lateral force put upon them during operation. They also have extremely beefy tool rests, beds and tailstocks.

We are are metal spinners, and wood turners, and bought this lathe several years ago with the intention of restoring, and using in our workshops. However we Predominantly use a larger Taylor spinning lathe we bought soon after, so this one has sat idle. New year, and new plans inspired us to finally get round to resting the lathe, and moving it on.

We began by meticulously disassembling, stripping, and cleaning every inch of the lathe. We then gave all external surfaces several coats of a protective red oxide metal primer, followed by several coats of grey machine enamel paint. The results are a beautifully fresh, and attractive, high gloss grey finish.

We serviced and re packed all bearings, which were still viable, and replaced both bearings on either side of the lower pulley drum. Everything runs true and smooth.
We replaced the old three-phase motor with a brand new single phase 240v 1.5HP motor, and brand new v belts, and motor pulley. Not pictured is an on off switch on the front of the machine, which leads to a standard 13amp plug. Also a brand new 2” balata drive belt, connecting the top, and bottom pulley drums, which give four speeds, adjustable, by sliding the belt over.

The tailstock slides along the bed beautifully, and the magnificently engineered tailstock barrel slides effortlessly in its chamber.

The lathe has a 1 1/8” internally threaded spindle, and the machine comes with a matching internal/external adaptor to allow a threaded hole to be cut into the back of your wooden or plastic mandrel, and simply screwed on.

We have also custom made brand new set of spinning tools to go along with the lathe. 25, 20, and 16mm duckbill universal tools will cover every pushing, and plannishing task, and a replaceable HSS bit trimming tool. The tools have English oak handles, and stainless steel ferrules. They are approx 850mm long.

Also included is an assortment of Lignum vitae mandrels. Many of which have a 1 1/8” thread cut into them for direct use with the adaptor. They range in size from 80 – 160mm diameter. They are a perfect spinning mandrel material, and extremely rare these days. Also included several chunks of 100mm diameter nylon.

Spinning discs. Your going to want to get spinning straight away, so we have included a collection of spinning grade aluminium discs. 15 x 250mm, 10 x 200mm, and 10 x 165mm.

We are based in Cornwall, and you are most welcome to visit, and see the machine working. Collection is welcomed, but we are more than happy to arrange pallet shipping, and will protectively wrap the lathe.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

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