I have a disease, and I do not know its official name, but it involves a compulsion to buy and collect lathes. At last count, I had 9. Varying from a 6mm Boley jewellers lathe, to a 2 tonne 400mm swing behemoth which occupies a large space in my workshop.
Well, now it is 10.
I noticed this one on Ebay, and thought that restoring it might be a nice project. (that is, after finishing the triple expansion marine engine, the Burrell traction engine, the beam engine and the Bolton 7 horizontal engine. Plus tidying up the workshop. Plus selling off the remaining farm machinery. And all of the jobs which SWMBO has lined up for me.)
It is an Australian made (I believe), TNC lathe with 6″ between centres, and a swing of about 3″ (centre about 1.5″ above the bed). I paid the “Buy It Now” price of $A150, because I lusted after it and did not want to risk missing out in auction bidding. Plus $A40 rather exorbitant postage, considering that it weighs only a kilo or so.
It needs mounting on a base, a new handle, a drive pulley cluster, possibly a new headstock shaft, a 3 jaw chuck, a motor, and repainting. The paint looks original and is a horrible job. I will give it a new colour, suggestions welcome. The tailstock centre needs regrinding. It is a tiny taper, about 1/4″ diameter.
Lathes.co.uk is not currently available so I do not have much information about the provenance, age, etc. My guess is that it would be 1950’s 1960’s.
(lathes.co.uk is again online, thank you Tony! The TNC was made in Australia under licence, a close copy of the Super Adept which was made in the UK. Still not sure about the age. The Super Adept was made as early as 1937. The Australian TNC was listed after WW2). The brass handles on my lathe are probably not original.
I manage to find lathes.co.uk. (note the “s” on lathes) There is a page on TNC lathes in Australia. But I cant work out how to get it into a form whereby you could access it.
Hi John, I also eventually got onto lathes.co.uk. I panicked when I could not access it initially. It is such a great site. God Bless Tony!! That is if he (god) or she exists!
A check with Google and looks like you may have a rather healthy disease which could go under the name of lesti colligendis
My Google could not locate a “lesti Colligendis”. Please put me out of my medical misery and tell me what I have got. Does it mean that I will eventually get my heart’s desire which is a Schaublin?
Google translate gave it as the Latin for “collecting lathes” I think it is a really healthy obsession, just wish I had the space to be able to catch a good dose!
Your Latin is superior. The disease is definitely contagious, so keep clear!!
I’ve just purchased one of the TNC lathes from a chap who bought his new in 1969. Your “ball” handles are not original, mine has crudely cast hand wheels on all axes. Mine appears 100% original. I could send photos if I had an email address. The original paint on mine is blue-ish.
Mine is heading for a restoration too! I hope I can get it as nice as yours!
I only bought my first lathe (Myford ML10) two weeks ago, so I fear that whatever disease you have, I have too! I have already attempted to buy a third, but I missed out, I was beaten to the phone by another lunatic!
Cheers from Howrah, Tas
hi Ron. email is email@example.com
I would like to see your pics! John
Hi, John, The blue TNC on Lathes.co.uk is mine.I picked it up when we helped the farmer neighbor of my brother clear out his shed for a sale, and he gave it to me for helping him, since he couldn’t afford to pay us and I obviously lusted after it. (Lesti Colligendis again!) He had a couple of pieces of tool steel with it, and said it had originally been mounted in a treadle sewing machine cabinet, with the treadle reversed to make it ‘left hand drive’. It is factory-original, down o the TNC transfer sticker on the headstock, and doesn’t seem to have had much use. I’ve used it with a 200 watt scooter motor and speed controller driving it, and it was a quite successful operation for making brass and alloy chips.