Atlas - 12-inch Lathe (Later Models including the Craftsman) Manual & Data Pack




12-inch 3720 3950 3965 3975 3980 3981 3982 3983 3985 3986 3990 3991 3995 3996

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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.
To be sure that you're ordering the right manual, a complete data pack of information about these late-model 12-inch Atlas lathes here.  If unsure, you can see the earlier 10-inch type on this page.
Blown up from its original small size to twice as large (A4 11.5" x 8") and printed on a high-quality, heavy paper for easier reading, this is a complete data pack of information that covers all models, from the first to last, is available. 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) 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").
£65 as a bound, high-quality print or £45 with the original high-resolution files on a CD-ROM.
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