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  1. smart&brown model M

    I may keep the spare top slide as an alternate because its actually the standard type for the model A, which has less travel but has longer gibs for better rigidity. If I do, the cross slide may become available as the spare lathe would then become unusable. Imperial Acme is a silly price in Europe and cheaper to buy in the US in spite of postage costs. But why not make it? Even unhardened would last a good length of time if you made it from EN8 and kept it well lubricated. (I'm planning on machining the top slide acme for the standard top slide which is well worn). I only have one coolant pump and reservoir but the reservoir is little more than a cast iron box and it would be easy to fabricate from welded - say 1/8 - sheet steel. Gus.
  2. smart&brown model M

    Don't be fooled by the paint. Just a quick tart-up by the last owner. Needs removing and re-doing. Undecided on whether to break one for parts. I am making one good one but there will be enough left to make a second working lathe. Otherwise some change gears, drawbar would be available. What are you particularly after? Gus
  3. smart&brown model M

    More pics to come but need a new battery for my phone. At 3% after 35 mins. Removed the pin but found the shaft came out opposite way from yr suggestion. My lathe is prob. later than yrs as Jones' number starts 45. Gus
  4. smart&brown model M

    I certainly never expected a reply that fast! Thanks for the info and pics. I'll try to reciprocate with pics later on. I actually have 2 S&B model Ms. The first I bought about 20 yrs ago. It originated from RAF Catterick and had been comprehensively trashed, evidence of crashes, very worn gibs, and various non essential bits missing. The headstock bearings and spindle were amazingly good however and with many adjustments the lathe worked remarkably well. It was missing its louver doors, drawbar, collets, steadies and some change gears so when I saw one on. Epay recently with all the missing bits, I had to buy it. More anon, battery low. Gus
  5. smart&brown model M

    Hi Guys, I've just bought a Mk1 model M, also sold through Jones of London. I'm busy dismantling it at present but am not sure how the back gear should be removed.I've taken out the hex drive grubscrew in the casing at the change-gear end of the shaft but don't see any movement on tapping the shaft. Advice appreciated. Gus.
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