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Chassisguy
03-09-2006, 01:57 PM
Has anyone ever heard of this lathe. It is a Machinsts' Corporation Lathe. That is the name on the tag on the front of the Machine. The model number is TK380 and it is a 15x40 gap bead lathe. I bought this a few years ago and it works great, but......The steady rest that the guy gave me with it is not the right one. The center of the steady is about 1/2" to low. I need to find a steady, or modify this one to work with this Machine. I have done a search on google and and yahoo, but cam up with nothing. I was told that it came from the GE plant here years ago. I wold like to find out come more info on it if anyone can help.
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=16034&cat=500&page=1
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=16035&cat=500&page=1

steve.murphy
03-09-2006, 02:54 PM
Donnie,
I used one years ago that looked a lot like that.
Try this link:
http://www.cnctakang.com.tw/english/tk-450.htm

Regards

Steve

edwardd_
03-09-2006, 03:47 PM
Donnie,

This is the best premier numero uno site on lathe past and present. Lot of other machines too.

http://www.lathes.co.uk/

HTH

:grin:

Doug98105
03-09-2006, 04:56 PM
Has anyone ever heard of this lathe. It is a Machinsts' Corporation Lathe. That is the name on the tag on the front of the Machine. The model number is TK380 and it is a 15x40 gap bead lathe. I bought this a few years ago and it works great, but......The steady rest that the guy gave me with it is not the right one. The center of the steady is about 1/2" to low. I need to find a steady, or modify this one to work with this Machine. I have done a search on google and and yahoo, but cam up with nothing. I was told that it came from the GE plant here years ago. I wold like to find out come more info on it if anyone can help.
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=16034&cat=500&page=1
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=16035&cat=500&page=1

This looks like a third world import. Probably a copy of a high quality machine. Machinists Corporation was most likely no more than an importer who put their label on the machines.

TK380, the 380 is the swing in mm. 380mm=14.96".

If you could find which machine it was copied from parts might be available, but you wouldn't like the price.

Modifying the steady rest would be best.

Doug

alloyspec
03-09-2006, 06:44 PM
Chassisguy,
You could probably machine a plate to go between the bottom plate that runs on the ways and the upper section. There is an adjustment there for cutting slight tapers and centering the talstock correctly. The hardest part of all will be determining the exact amount in needs to come up. One method would be to put a dowel pin in the tailstock chuck and set up an indicator in the spindle. Divide the difference by two. Good luck!
Alan

Chassisguy
03-10-2006, 04:34 AM
Thanks for the info. I figured that I would have to make an adapter for it. It did not come with a tapper attachment. I would love to find something that would work for that also.
I will keep my eyes out for another machine like minethat it may have been copied from.

Kerry Pinkerton
03-10-2006, 05:23 AM
Donnie, I agree that it looks like an import... maybe from the 60's from the style of it.

Machining a spacer shouldn't be a problem and every center rest I've seen has adjustment on each of the 3 turning supports so the 'frame' wouldn't have to be perfectly centered..........