- Oct 19, 2018
If anyone needs more information on the Auto-drive, let me know, I'll be putting together more videos on this subject in future.
Thanks FrankNice looking old lathe -- love the colour!
It's great to see the old machines back in fit and form. Regardless of whether they run absolutely perfectly, it's nice to see them run. The likes of them will not pass this way again.
I've been doing some research, and by the name on the Lathe (John Bertram and Sons Company Ltd., Dundas Ontario) it is post 1901, the exact date I don't know, but somewhere around that timeline. The Auto-drive unit is Dominion (Walkerville, Ontario), which is a little later, but no date on this yet, I'm still researching this. There is so little information available for this lathe, probably becuase it is a lesser known brand.Hi Dusty
Nice lathe and drive unit. What year is that old Dominion lathe?
That's interesting, I wonder if that might be why is smelled burned? Not something I would expect from a device with no combustion process occurring.That original oil looks like steam cylinder oil, it comes in black and thick as new. I don't think it would be appropriate for a transmission such as that. Often used in antique car transmissions and rear axles, to say nothing of internal lubrication of steam engines.
Steam cylinder oil does have a definite smell about it ------That's interesting, I wonder if that might be why is smelled burned? Not something I would expect from a device with no combustion process occurring.
The most recent owner used it for the occasional wood-turning, so I don't think it was used often at all, but it seems to be running well still. I think it's interesting enough to warrant taking the cap off to have a look inside sometime. I assume a very simple operation of shifting gears, but i'd like to see how it works anyway.
That's great insight, thank you.
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