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Axelson way hardness

hvnlymachining

Cast Iron
Joined
Jun 21, 2019
Location
St.Onge
I can't answer your question directly, but most industrial lathes made during or after WW2 had hardened ways. Also check out vintage machinery.org for the factory manuals. Lots of good info on there.
 

Garwood

Diamond
Joined
Oct 10, 2009
Location
Oregon
I don't have any literature on the early ones with cast ways. Don't know if they were hard or not, but if I had to guess, based on Axelson's pride in cutting no corners I'd imagine they were hardened somehow.

The post war lathes had toolsteel insert ways. You can tell by looking at the tailstock end where you can see how they're keyed into the bed.
 

4GSR

Diamond
Joined
Jan 25, 2005
Location
Victoria, Texas, USA
Simple way of determining if the ways are harden. Take a flat file and try to run the flle across the top of the ways at the tailstock end of the bed. If it takes a bite and cuts like soft butter, they are not harden. If the file skips and slides across the ways they are harden. Can't get any simpler than that. Ken
 

dana gear

Hot Rolled
Joined
Feb 27, 2013
Location
Northern califorina, usa
Just seen a new Jet lathe at a supplier's store. Tag attached to the end of the ways stated
"Hardened bed wats" I can only guess that China has not yet figured there is a Y in ways.
 








 
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