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George Fifield Lathe


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Old 08-27-2017, 01:35:48 PM
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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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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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