Niles lathe

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Big? I saw one locally and took pics; 16 ft swing, 100 ft between centers ---
 

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Did a bunch of clean up on the lathe. This thing was sitting underneath a lean too for god only knows how long, in the high desert area in Oregon.

Filled the carriage with new oil and started testing the functions. Power feed on the carriage and cross slide work in both directions. Took me a bit to figure out how to switch the power feed from carriage to cross slide. Also this lathe has a threading dial. I still have to figure out how to engage it.

This lathe also has rapid traverse capability. However it’s missing the mounts on the back of the carriage.

If anyone has any info on Niles Tookworks machines please pass it along. I can’t find much of anything online.
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There’s several other issues with this machine that need addressed before I can start using it.

First the feed handle was snapped off at one point. Unfortunately it’s been lost so I will have to fabricate something.

I pulled the top off the gear box and everything looks to be in great shape. Next I need to remove the guard that surrounds the gear set on the side of the machine.

I removed all the fasteners and went to remove the guard, but it wouldn’t come off. I realized that there’s one screw behind the gear housing assembly...unbelievable. I don’t want to remove the gearset or cut the guard. But somethings gotta be done.

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I was able to pry the sheet metal over the top of the screw behind the gear assembly and remove the guard. I will trim the guard just a bit and reinstall when ready.

I moved on to removing the broken handle. With a little help with my port-a-power the shaft was removed. I was originally going to remake the entire bracket out of a billet of A36 steel I have laying around, but now I’m not so sure after removing the assembly.

I may get a piece of cast iron and recreate the missing piece to the best of my ability and braze the pieces together. Anyone have any suggestions?

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That's a nice looking machine. I just got a 100 year old 36 inch L&S home. Like your's it need a good cleaning after sitting for years.

What are your impressions on the AD 40. I'm looking at getting one as well and am curious.
 

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That's a nice looking machine. I just got a 100 year old 36 inch L&S home. Like your's it need a good cleaning after sitting for years.

What are your impressions on the AD 40. I'm looking at getting one as well and am curious.
The largest motor I’ve put on it has been 20 hp 480v. It’s preformed flawlessly and is relatively quite. I have the rotary phase converter is set up with a 70 amp breaker.

I haven’t made any cuts with the machine yet so we will see how it holds up under load.

Got any pics of the L&S?
 

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I will add I flushed the oil system on the carriage and headstock then filled them with ISO 68 oil.

So far I’m pretty happy with the machine.

Items still left to address are,

•fabricating or sourcing a rapid traverse attachment that goes on the back of the carriage.

•I still need to straighten the feed screw on the tail stock. The previous owner bent it loading it on the trailer.
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I Don't believe this!
I bought a Niles Lathe Back in Oct 25th 2017, after getting it home I went on line to find information on the Machine. Like you I couldn't find much of anything. I did find a add for one for sale and I saved the link. Mine is machine # 22127 It was originally a 34" swing lathe but someone Raised the Headstock it is now a 46" Swing X 192" between centers. I was told it was about 1965 but I cant find anything on Niles Lathes. So yesterday I found the link I saved and was looking at the pictures one was of the change gears. I wasn't sure how the gears went. I have the original gears but they used bigger gears because they raised the Headstock. I want to gear it so I can cut Metric Threads but haven't got the right gears to do it. I do another web search today and find this conversation on a Niles Lathe, so I join so I can see your attachments and pics. When I got on tonight I couldn't believe it. Here is the link I found back in 2017
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When I saw your pic of the gearbox that needed fixing I realized it was the lathe on the trailer in the link
Small world, How have you made out with your lathe? Mine has a bunch of change gears to go on the front of the carriage, they must be for cutting a taper.
Have you found any information on Niles Lathes or sites
Thanks for any help you can provide
Blair Mullen
 

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I haven’t found much information about Niles lathes. I’ve given up searching the web. I will just engineer and machine replacement parts as needed. I have fixed the bent shaft on the tail stock, so it’s operational. I’ve been machining these repeat parts with the Niles for months now. Still purring like a kitten.

After the bridge crane install project is done in the shop, I’m gonna have to tear into the carriage to see what’s going on with the threading dial. I’ll also see what I can come up with as far as the rapid traverse is concerned.

Good to hear from another Niles owner.

-John McGrady
 

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