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George Fifield Lathe


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I recently acquired a George Fifield metal lathe. I have the whole stack of gears. Can anyone help me find a chart or reference to what gear is used for what?
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If you Google "change gear calculator" you can find a few programs that will help you out.
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Thanks for the reply. I see I am going to have some reading to do when I get this thing going.
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Any pics? Never heard of a George Fifield lathe.
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I will have to get some this weekend then try and figure out how to post them.
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Default Re: George Fifield lathe

Here is an ad from 1892.
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The chuck on mine looks a little different but it has that plate, the stack of gears and the steady rest.
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I hope the pictures come thru.
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Try this one.
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Default Re: George Fifield Lathe

I took the liberty to convert the lathe to a floor mount type.
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Here is another George Fifield lathe, saved it from a very uncertain future, after a place closed down.
There is another trailer loaded with tooling that went with it, a good portion was a hodge podge of misc, not related the the lathe.
From what I have found, they didn't make any more lathes after @ 1894
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That looks like a good sized lathe.
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Default Re: George Fifield Lathe

You could check the TPI on the threading lead screw then work out what ratio you need (or have gearing for) for various thread pitch/feed rates, 1:1 of course giving you whatever pitch the lead screw is. Don't forget that you do NOT count the IDLER gear in the ratio!

Sweet old lathes, I have one that looks very similar stashed away at my Fathers shop. It's only about 8-10" swing at most. Will have to check what make it is but I recall it had "1890 something" cast or stamped on it somewhere. Don't apply too much feed force through the rack or the cast rack will break, you can't run these hard like a modern machine and they don't like indexable carbide! Don't ask how I know
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