Atlas 10" & Craftsman 12" Lathes Pre 1958 Operation, Maintainance & Parts Manual


Acorntools Atlas Halifax Sphere


10-D 10-F 10-inch H36 H42 H48 H54 QC42 QC54 TA36 TA42 TA48 TA54 TH36 TH42 TH48 TH54 TV36 TV42 TV48 TV54 V36 V42 V48 V54

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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. PLEASE NOTE: Although the Craftsman version of this lathe was very similar, the screwcutting changewheels were arranged differently - and the correct manual for these is included.
To be sure that you're ordering the right manual, my article about these early-model 10-inch Atlas lathes is here. And for the early 12-inch Craftsman and Metalcraft version here. (the later 12-inch Atlas and Craftsman lathes. If unsure, you can see the later 12-inch post-1957  Atlas and Craftsman lathes are here.
Blown up from its original small size to twice as large (A4 11.5" x 8"), printed on a high-quality, heavy paper for easier reading, clearer diagrams and bound in two heavy volumes, this is a complete data pack of information that covers all models, from the first to last. It includes:
1) A comprehensive Owner's Manual with over 240 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.
3) Extra instructional sheets issued by Atlas but never included in the main manual: taper turning attachment; fitting new leadscrew nuts, steady rests, adjustable bed stop, machine vice and dismantling procedures for headstock and backgear.
4) A complete, illustrated parts list with exploded-parts diagrams.
5) Instructions for fitting a gearbox to the Craftsman version of the lathe
6) A set of reproductions of the original advertising catalogs (some very rare) that give a complete technical specification for the lathe, shows model changes over the years. All the accessories are shown - enabling easy identification of any items that might be found on the second-hand market.
A large and heavy publication. Printed as a very high-quality reproduction on 120g paper and bound (it's a weighty volume enlarged to A4 size, that's just short of "letter").

£75 as a bound, high-quality print or £45 with the original high-resolution files on a Pen Drive (though the online ordering might still say CD-ROM).
Select which at checkout.
A customer responds: What a stunning product this manual is.  I did consider a PenDrive but as my lathe has served for over 60 years and my computers don’t last 10 years, well, you work it out. You’ve done a great job, I had an idea of what to expect from the book on my Fobco you sent, but this is on another level.  When I’ve worked out what my other old lathe might be, I’ll be back. Meanwhile thanks again. Good book, good packaging and good delivery. Yet another very satisfied customer. Bill Stone
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