Atlas 10-inch Lathe (and Craftsman 12-inch lathes) pre-1957: While the lathe remained basically the same for many years, with identical major components, various specifications were available with Model Numbers that included, over the years: 10-F, 10-D, TA36, TA42, TA48, TA54, TH36, TH42, TH48, TH54, TV36, TV42, TV48, TV54, H36, H42, H48, H54, V36, V42, V48, V54, QC42, QC54, etc. Also covers the UK-made Sphere, Halifax and Acorntools versions.
Manuals and Catalogues
ATLAS (USA) Lathes Catalogue No. 5 (very early - 1932) showing the new 9-inch "all-belt" drive lathe & accessories. 11 pages. £15
ATLAS Lathes full-range Catalogue No. 8 (1934) including the 9-inch "all-belt" drive lathes, the first of the later 10-inch models with backgear, the cheaper "Unit Plan" lathes, the first wood-turning lathes, the company's drills, presses and pictures inside the factory. 32 pages.
ATLAS Lathes full-range Catalogue No. 15 (circa 1936) with metal & wood-turning lathes including the later 9-inch "all-belt" drive machines, the Model 918 "Utility" Model, the revised 10-inch Model, "Unit Plan" versions, accessories, wood-turning lathes, drills, presses & motors. 44 pages.
ATLAS Lathes full-range Catalogue No. 26 (dated 1936/1937). The first of the comprehensive Atlas catalogs illustrating the last 9-inch "all-belt" drive lathes together with the Utility versions; 10-inch screwcutting Models and the cheaper Unit Plan versions; wood-turning lathes; drills, presses, vices, motors & accessories. 52 pages.
ATLAS Lathes full-range Catalogue No. 28 (November 1937) with lathes, millers, shapers, drills, etc.: 52 pages.
A840E ATLAS Lathes full-range Catalogue No. 31 (circa 1938) with lathes, millers, shapers, drills, presses, vices, motors & accessories. 70 pages.
A840F ATLAS Lathes full-range Catalogue No. 39 (January 1939) with millers, shapers, drills: 70 pages
ATLAS Lathes full-range Catalogue No. 40 (1940) with millers, shapers, drills: 70 pages £45
ATLAS Lathes full-range Catalogue No. 41 (1941) with millers, shapers, drills: 64 pages.
ATLAS Lathes full-range Catalogue No. 45 (1945) with millers, shapers, drills, etc: 64 pages.
ATLAS 10" Lathe with Quick-change Gearbox: Special Catalogue (1947) 12 pages.
ATLAS Lathes full-range Catalogue No. 50 (1950) with millers, shapers, drills: 35 pages £
ATLAS Lathes full-range Catalogue No. M52 (1952 to 1958) with 1954 price list and millers, shapers, drills: £35
ATLAS Lathes Catalogue No. 3990 with the 12" and 6" New Model Lathes (1959). 16 pages. £15
Atlas Lathes Catalogue No. 5993-1 with the 6" and 12" New Model lathes having the changed apron control; circa 1967: 16 pages.
A841 Atlas 6-inch Lathe. Special Catalogue 1938-1970 model. 8 pages.
Acorntools and Atlas 7" Shaper Instruction and Parts Manual (also branded Craftsman). This is the comprehensive (and rare) edition produced for the UK market, not the simple spares list issued in the USA. Includes the first-edition, beautifully illustrated Sales and Specification and Specification and Accessories Catalogue (No. 30) and additional pages from later Catalogues.See: http://www.lathes.co.uk/atlasshaper/index.html
Very early Instruction Manual and simple, Illustrated Parts Manual with the maker's Screwcutting Chart. Includes copies of two rare, early Sales, Technical Specification and Accessories Catalogs. This lathe may be marked with, amongst others, the following numbers: 918, 936, 942, 948, 954, 1042, 1042A, 1042B, 1042C. It was also sold badged as the "Craftsman" and "Metalcraft" models.To check the price in US dollars visit: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
The first manual for the original 10-inch Atlas did not include the screwcutting data - but later editions did, the makers including card inserts to allow the chapter to be included later. To make up for this I can supply the extensive thread-cutting instructions and dedicated charts from what was known as the 61-page "Supplementary Screwcutting Instruction Booklet".
Atlas 10-inch Screwcutting Gearbox Instructions. These are the instructions provided when a customer bought the screwcutting gearbox to fit to a changewheel-equipped standard lathe. Comprehensive 72-page Special Edition listing all the setting for standard, metric and odd threads and feeds. Includes a copy of the maker's Sales and Specification and Specification Catalog for the Gearbox-equipped Atlas. To check the price in US dollars visit: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
Atlas - Craftsman12-inch Lathe Late Model - Post 1957: These had various Model Numbers starting with "39" and including: 3950, 3965, 3975, 3980, 3981, 3982, 3983, 3985, 3986, 3996, 3720, 3990, 3991, 3995, 3975.
The Craftsman version (in all respects identical to the Atlas) were usually marked: 101.28990, 101.28950, 101.28910, 101.28940 or a similar 101.289** number including: 101.2758, 101.2759, 101.2895N, 101.2893N, 101.2894N, 101.2897N, 101.28990, 101.28991N and 101.28993N2.
Atlas 10-inch F and D type Lathe. Separate Parts Manual as exploded component diagrams and a basic threading chart.
Atlas Lathe "Pickomatic" Screwcutting Attalchment. 79-page Manual for the 10-inch F and D type Lathe. Complete Installation and Operator's Instruction Manual with extensive charts giving threads and feed rates for every possible combination of gears and including threads not listed on the lathe. Exploded components diagrams. Plus a copy of the Pick-O-Matic lathes Sales and Specification and Specification and Accessories catalogue
Atlas 6-inch Lathe Mk.1 Model 618 and Model 612
As seen here: http://www.lathes.co.uk/atlas6inch
ATLAS 6-inch Lathe Mk. 2 "square style" Model 3950. Click here for pictures (and the Craftsman-branded version). Operator's Manual with Spare Parts Manual as exploded Components & screwcutting charts for English and Metric threads. Includes a copy of the Sales & Accessories Catalogue. While the ordinary manual has just 12 pages this is a collection of 44 pages. To check the approximate price in US dollars visit: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
Atlas 12-inch Model 7122 Atlas wood-turning lathe - late model. Operator's Instructions and Parts as Exploded Component Drawings. 4 pages plus a copy of the maker's detailed and well-illustrated 8-page Sales & Specification Catalogue.
Atlas Shaper Instruction Manual and Parts Manual: click here for pictures. This is the comprehensive (and rare) edition produced for the UK market, not the simple spares list issued in the USA. Includes the first-edition, beautifully illustrated Sales and Specification and Specification and Accessories Catalogue (No. 30) and additional pages from later Catalogues. To check the price in US dollars visit: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
Atlas (and Craftsman-branded) Milling Machine - Instruction Manual and Illustrated Parts Manual. Includes 3 different very detailed and interesting Sales and Specification and Specification and Accessories Catalogs showing all models with accurate descriptions of their construction, parts, controls and the extensive accessory range. This represents the totality of written and illustrated information about these machines. To check the price in US dollars visit: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
Atlas Taper-turning Attachment (No. 6822) Mounting and Operating Manual and Parts Illustrations.
Atlas "Steady Rest" (Fixed Steady) Follower Rest (No. 6820) Mounting and Operating Manual and Parts Illustrations.
Atlas Carriage Micrometer Stop (No. 6810) Mounting and Operating Manual.
Atlas - Craftsman Extra Manuals, the Complete Set: Toolpost Grinder; Replace Split Nuts; Taper Turning Model 700, Taper Turning Model 6822 (760); Spindle & Backgear Removal; Carriage Stop; Machine Vise; Steady Rest and Levelling the Bed - data for both the 10-inch Atals and 12-inch Craftsman models.
Atlas Milling Slide for the 6-inch lathe. Operation Instructions with Parts as Exploded Component Drawings.
Atlas Drill Grinding Attachment (No. 2915) Comprehensive Manual and Parts Illustrations.
Atlas Drill Press 15-inch. (Bench drill) Operator's Instruction Manual and Exploded Parts Diagrams: covers drills with catalogue Numbers:. 1020, 1025, 1030, 1035, 1040, 1045, 1050, 1055, 1400, 1405, 1410 and 1415.
ATLAS and Craftsman Drill Presses: a beautifully printed compendium of Atlas and Craftsman drill presses extracted from 30 years of catalogs spanning 1931 to the 1950s (through the1950s the range of Craftsman drill presses remained basically unchanged until withdrawn late in that decade). Includes the rare Instructions and Exploded Parts Diagrams, Instructions on Use, Cross-sectional pictures and the drill sharpening.
Craftsman 6-inch Lathe Mk.1 Models: 101.2048, 101.2048F, 101.2120, 101.2140, 101.M1518 and 101.07300, 10107301, etc. the actual Model Number depending upon the drive system and motor fitted etc and a badge-engineered clone of the Atlas 6-inch.
Craftsman 9-inch lathe Operator's Instruction and Maintenance Manual and Illustrated parts List. This edition is for the very early metal-turning lathe with the multiple V-belt drive. It was also sold with "Atlas" and "Metalmaster" badging.
Craftsman (made by Atlas) Milling Machine Instruction Manual and Illustrated Parts Manual. Includes a copy of the original Sales and Specification Catalogues (Atlas and Craftsman) that show all versions of the miller, give detailed specifications, illustrate the extensive accessory range and give accurate descriptions of the construction, parts and controls.
Halifax (Atlas) 10-inch lathe:
A complete data pack of information (including all-known literature) that covers all models, from the first to last. It includes:
1) A comprehensive Owner's Manual with over 248 pages that contains detailed operating instructions for the lathe and its accessories together with maintenance and lubrication instructions - it's probably the best instruction book ever produced by a lathe manufacturer.
2) Extensive thread-cutting instructions and dedicated charts from the larger 61-page "supplementary" Screwcutting Instruction Booklet.
Metalmaster 9-inch Lathe with early "multi-belt" countershaft assembly and no backgear. This lathe was also sold as the "Atlas" 9-inch and "Craftsman Lathes" click here for pictures Rare, very early Instruction Manual and simple, Illustrated Parts Manual. Includes a copy of a rare, early Catalogue. This lathe may be marked with the following model numbers: 936, 942, 948, 954, 1042, 1042A, 1042B, 1042C.
SHAPER WORK - Work on the Shaping machine - a complete, highly detailed and well-illustrated 333-page book on how to use and get the best from any shaper. Titled: "For Beginners in Machine Shop Practice" it features a larger machine - but the methods and principles involved apply to all makes and types. This is the very best manual on shaper work ever published. A very heavy publication, bound in two volumes and printed on a heavy, high-quality 120g paper
For Sale & Wanted
For Sale: Halifax lathe - a development of the American Atlas - 5” x 24” backgeared and screwcutting with 16 spindle speeds.
Boxford lathe Tumble Reverse Gear Early Models
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