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[Lathe] Drummond Brothers lathe.

SvenDrummond

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Hi all ,my first post . Do any of you have a Drummond, lathe ,shaper , or anything else? I'd be particularly keen to hear from anyone owning an Admiralty B Type. For those of you not familliar with the marque, these lathes were standard issue to British forces during WW1. Admiralty models featured power feed on both axis to allow use aboard a rolling ship or submarine while operating the treadle.
 

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In the time scale in which Drummond machine tools were produced, They were state of the art, Especially for home workshop folk, The heavier models built for the admiralty & war office, were extremely fine machines From that I mean the big powerful pproduction lathes, When I was a youngster, I worked one of these machines, It was driven by an overhead countershaft with a four step pulley, For scre cutting it was the "Bees Knees' " Smooth as silk, and it had a lovely independant three position feed from a feedshaft , This particular lathe had originally worked in the works of The John H Thornycrof Co manufacturers of early steam and motor lorries,

I am not so keen on another pattern of lathe they turned out which had a sort of double bed arrangement, In this pattern of lathe the tailstock rode on an upper bed, It had a large boring table , One I owned for a period of time I found out to my sorrow, On back facing, was that there was no automatic cut off before the slide reached the end of its travel , crunch went the feed bevel gears at the back of the bed, and yours truly was lucky to eascape with only a badly bruised and black finger.

Should anyone come across a Drummond M pattern of lathe, 3&1/2" centre height , These are a lovely machine greatly beloved by model makers & light engineers, A really sweet machine, Heavily constructed, But built on scientific lines, A late and lamented uncle of mine, had a nice old Drummond round bed In the early 1900/s for the amatuer these were the must have machine for at home
 

SvenDrummond

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In the time scale in which Drummond machine tools were produced, They were state of the art, Especially for home workshop folk, The heavier models built for the admiralty & war office, were extremely fine machines From that I mean the big powerful pproduction lathes, When I was a youngster, I worked one of these machines, It was driven by an overhead countershaft with a four step pulley, For scre cutting it was the "Bees Knees' " Smooth as silk, and it had a lovely independant three position feed from a feedshaft , This particular lathe had originally worked in the works of The John H Thornycrof Co manufacturers of early steam and motor lorries,

I am not so keen on another pattern of lathe they turned out which had a sort of double bed arrangement, In this pattern of lathe the tailstock rode on an upper bed, It had a large boring table , One I owned for a period of time I found out to my sorrow, On back facing, was that there was no automatic cut off before the slide reached the end of its travel , crunch went the feed bevel gears at the back of the bed, and yours truly was lucky to eascape with only a badly bruised and black finger.

Should anyone come across a Drummond M pattern of lathe, 3&1/2" centre height , These are a lovely machine greatly beloved by model makers & light engineers, A really sweet machine, Heavily constructed, But built on scientific lines, A late and lamented uncle of mine, had a nice old Drummond round bed In the early 1900/s for the amatuer these were the must have machine for at home
I think you have alluded to what drew me to the Drummond in the first place . The B Type is a small lathe but it was expected to do serious work, on board a sub or in the trenches there was no room for anything less than a capable machine.
 
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