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    Default Warner & Swasey No 5 Turret Lathe

    I am helping the Widow of a friend clear out his extensive workshop. Before I post it for sale, I thought I would reach out to try and get more info on it. Can anyone tell me anything about this turret lathe? How about the year based on the serial number 1279501

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    Guy

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    I have a # 5 also , mine is a 41 -yours looks newer to me . Nice machine . If there's anything I can help with let me know . Jess

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    Thanks Jess. It really is a beautiful lathe. I wish that I had more space, I would take it myself. I am finally able to gather up all of the tooling that goes with it, so it is now complete. I will be listing it for sale as the owner doesn't want to part it out, and I agree. Besides PM here, do you know of any other places that might be good to list this? Thanks, Guy

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    Maybe surplus record , I have looked there for my own stuff in the past. I have a #4 that I am looking after also . I wish I had 12,000 sq feet and a fleet of guys working . The market is just not that good right now.
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    Oh she's a beauty! And with a Navy history to boot! My machines are all from WWII and a few of them are also Navy.

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    I just missed a #3 that auctioned for 35 dollars. I am looking for one that I might be able to afford. Do these turret lathes have the capacity to thread? They seem awfully large. What is a good rule of thumb for lathes, get the biggest that you can afford and still have room for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Do these turret lathes have the capacity to thread?
    A variety of die heads (Geometric, Landis, H&G, or just plain old acorn dies) were used as turret tools for modest lengths of threading at the end of the part. I think there were "native" threading accessories for the later A series, don't believe the earlier series had such attachments, but don't have the W&S books in front of me here to look.
    They seem awfully large.
    A W&S #5 is rather large for a manual chucker, although nothing compared to the "superlathes" in overall size, nor anything in length to lathes used for shafts and rolls. If I had room in my shop, I'd be looking for a #4 or a #2A, based on bar capacity.

    Turret lathes were made much smaller, even petite. A Hardinge DSM-59, for example, is basically a 9x18 lathe, and there were specialist machines make quite a bit smaller than that.

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    The No. 5 my step-dad had in his shop was a Square Head 1960's model. If I remember correctly Square Head models started in 1960??. She looks well cared for, maybe late 40's-50's model.

    We had a # 2, 3 & 4 that I had run and did threading with Geometric Heads. We also had a 2A & 3A from the late 40's rebuilt by W&S in early 60's IIRC. All were round heads


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