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    Default Alfred Eriksen lathe

    Hi Guys,

    This is my first post on the forum, but I have occasionally perused the site for information on old machines and because I enjoy seeing what others are getting up too, wether it be showcasing their work or detailing old machines they are restoring.
    I thought I would share my new purchase, and in the process hopefully someone can offer some information on this machine. I would really like to know a bit more about this machine, so if you know anything, please do share. Beyond the basic details of who Alfred Eriksen was, and the fact that Matra used rebadged Eriksen lathes, I canít find much about them at all. I can see design similarities to other machines that Eriksen built but I canít find any solid info on this specific machine. Iím hoping someone can supply information on approximately what year this lathe was manufactured and what oil to use in the gearboxes for when I strip this thing down.
    It was a bit of an impulse buy, and I secured it as part of a deal when purchasing an old bobcat and backhoe. It was in a grubby old shed (set up on the only piece of concrete in the whole place) and was totally covered in filth. Having said that I canít help but look at these old machines and see potential.
    I figured with a gap bed, quick-change gearbox, power feed on the cross slide and a 46mm spindle bore it was a big step up from my trusty Hercus 260B ATM. It also came with both 3 and 4 jaw chucks, a fixed steady, some elaborate pneumatic contraption that clamped to the ways, a motley assortment of tooling and a whole bunch of bar stock between 25mm and 50mm in size I couldnít go wrong.
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    When I got it home I gave it a quick clean before tarping it and waiting for my new shed to get built.
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    I then had to fab a crane before I could lift it off the trailer (we lifted it on with a 10t Fiat payloader!) and what a handy thing this crane is. I donít know how I lasted this long without it. Thatís my old man in the photo giving me a hand working the chain block.
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    And this is how it sits in my shed now.
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    It needs a lot more cleaning and then Iíll start removing some covers to check the internals before replacing the fluids. If everything seems ok I will go ahead and fit a DRO for ease of use.
    Iíll check back here and update this as I go, but in the meantime if you can shed some light on this machine please do.

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    Hi mate. I too have an Eriksen (180-NE) and have been trying to find out some information and obtain some manuals. The only info I have been able to find is on Lathes + Machine Tool Archive which provides a decent write up.

    If anybody has any information please let us know. I particularly want a service/user manual as I would like to strip it down and restore it.

    I also would like to find a steady rest for it..........

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    I too have an Eriksen lathe. Mine is a 180-NE. I have searched far and wide for information and a service/user manual but have only found a small amount of information on Lathes + Machine Tool Archive which is a great site.

    I would like to find a fixed steady for it but don't like my chances. As said above, if anybody has any information at all or knows where some info might be please please drop us a line!

    OOPS - double posted......
    Last edited by Mk1_Oz; 12-28-2018 at 04:47 AM.


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