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Wade Cav lathe
« on: March 30, 2013, 12:50:34 AM »
Maybe my next project:

Anybody have one of these?
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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2013, 10:23:35 AM »
I've only seen pictures of them....is it as good as it looks?

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2013, 01:36:15 PM »
I almost bought a Wade from David Sobel some years back, but it was aluminum!
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2013, 10:21:11 PM »
 I have the same lathe, complete with the change gears. They were ALL aluminum according to Tony's lathe site.
Got a few small extras with my lathe,  blocks for the faceplate, original i think small rods on a chain to tighten  tailstock etc.
 I don't use mine, it is too rare to break something or damage it.
Mine has the original 3 jaw chuck, 2 1/2 inches in dia. i think.

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2013, 11:46:33 PM »
I've only seen pictures of them....is it as good as it looks?

Dave

It's in pretty good shape for something I think is around 80 years old.  Has a little rust pitting on the main tube but not too bad really. It really should have a counter shaft setup and I am debating if I want to make it and how I would make it.
One idea I had is I am just finishing a Stuart No. 9 with a 504 boiler and thinking I might just put them all together and use it for demo's.

John

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2013, 11:50:02 PM »
I almost bought a Wade from David Sobel some years back, but it was aluminum!
M.

All the castings are aluminum, as a matter of fact, it is a copper aluminum alloy according to Tony's lathe site.  I took a soft wire brush to the castings to clean them up and it polished up like no other aluminum I have ever worked with.

John

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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2013, 10:28:58 AM »
I see there is a price on the catalogue of 6.10s, I wonder if they have any left at that price??
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2013, 01:29:40 PM »
Lead screw down the center of the tube, right?
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2013, 05:31:14 PM »
Lead screw down the center of the tube, right?
M.

That is correct, lead screw down the center of the post.  The small lever on the bottom left engages the gears to the lead screw.  I have all 13 gears that were supplied with the lathe along with a bunch of other goodies.  I will take more pictures when I get a chance.

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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2013, 11:59:04 PM »
A few more pictures:



And what appears to be a serial number:

I also have a bunch of accessories I will take pictures of later.

John

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2013, 12:06:34 AM »
that is one neat little lathe john  :ThumbsUp:

i think i have a small three jaw chuck that would mount on the lathe, i see you have one but if you think you need another just let me know.

thanks for sharing the pictures.

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2013, 12:36:40 AM »
that is one neat little lathe john  :ThumbsUp:

i think i have a small three jaw chuck that would mount on the lathe, i see you have one but if you think you need another just let me know.

thanks for sharing the pictures.

chuck

The 3-jaw chuck I have mounts like a collet using the draw bar.  I would love to get one I could mount on the spindle thread and have stock go through the spindle.

John

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2013, 12:40:25 AM »
Made in .....................Massachu??????ts    and turned into Derbyshire, perhaps?
It is beautiful.

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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2013, 01:03:49 AM »
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I would love to get one I could mount on the spindle thread and have stock go through the spindle.

What is the spindle nose thread.  ??

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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2013, 01:17:05 AM »
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I would love to get one I could mount on the spindle thread and have stock go through the spindle.

What is the spindle nose thread.  ??

Tin

It appears to be 5/8"-14.

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2013, 01:53:21 AM »
I have a 4 jaw scroll style(self centering) Tommy bar chuck here but it is something like 3/4 -16 . most the ones I see on the net are metric thread.
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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2013, 01:58:04 PM »
 I have had mine for around 12 years now, and when i was researching what i could about this lathe, i found that Joe Martins "Craftsmanship Museum" also has one.
After discussing this lathe with Tony Griffiths, concerning the number of change gears i also got an email from a lad in New Zealand that had one, but his was i think the earlier model if i remember.

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2013, 12:30:21 AM »
I have had mine for around 12 years now, and when i was researching what i could about this lathe, i found that Joe Martins "Craftsmanship Museum" also has one.
After discussing this lathe with Tony Griffiths, concerning the number of change gears i also got an email from a lad in New Zealand that had one, but his was i think the earlier model if i remember.

I didn't realize it was such a rare bird.  I've had mine for around 35 years.  It has been sitting in a closet collecting dust until a couple of weeks ago.
On Tony Griffiths site he says he has never seen one with the cross slide.  Maybe I'll contact him and see if he wants some pictures.

John

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2013, 11:03:06 PM »
 Re: send pics of cross slide:

Good idea John, mine has the cross slide also. When i talked to Tony he didn't have all the numbers of the change gears, but he does now , as i sent them to him .
I really should sell mine, as i am never going to use it, (too scarce), and i would rather have someone have it that will display it or somesuch.
I bought mine at a sale years back, it has a nice brass tag, as sold by a hardware co. in Toronto Ontario.

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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2013, 02:15:01 AM »
I sent Tony an e-mail and he is interested in some hi-resolution and close up pictures.
If you do decide to sell yours I would be VERY interested in what you could get for it. How much would you even list if for?
I am not sure what I will do with mine at the moment.  My first inclination is to set it up to run off a Stuart No.9 for demo's at shows and display it at my office between shows.  It's an engineering office so there will be a steady flow of interested people.

John

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2013, 01:05:22 AM »
 Have no idea what to ask for it, think i'd just put it on Ebay, and see how it goes. Hopefully it wouldn't go to some moron who would wreck it.

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2013, 01:41:57 AM »
Please let me know if you list it on E-bay.  I would be very interested in following.  Heck, maybe I would even bid on it ;)

John

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2013, 09:53:43 PM »
I've had one of these (minus the cross slide):( for several years now. I have read a few things about them but I cannot find a true list of options or a manual for it.  I see you have a draw bar for collets.  I wish I had One.  I shouldn't complain for mine was a gift from a friend who's dad died and my friend gave it to me.  I have a number of original attachments to include thirteen or so gears, centers and taper attachments,  three jaw Mass chuck, pin and chain, and  a number of CAV wrenches.  I use it to turn soft materials and I have grand plan to mount it on an old cherry dental desk I restored.  Did yours come with that chuck and draw bar?  Do you know if that was an original option? Are there any collets for it?
 I have been looking for another because of how neat they are...
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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2013, 02:20:56 AM »
I was thinking that if I started a Wade Cav fan club it would be pretty lonely.  But now it looks like there would be 3 of us anyway.  Probably more fans than...oh never mind, I don't think I will go there.
What are you using to run yours, direct drive motor or do you have a counter-shaft?  I'd love to see some pictures.
Mine came with the chuck and draw bar and an assortment of collets. I have no idea if it was an original option. The collets appear to be 8mm watchmakers lathe collets.  Look on e-bay under watchmakers lathe.

John

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« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2013, 02:46:30 AM »
I was thinking that if I started a Wade Cav fan club it would be pretty lonely.  But now it looks like there would be 3 of us anyway.  Probably more fans than...oh never mind, I don't think I will go there.
What are you using to run yours, direct drive motor or do you have a counter-shaft?  I'd love to see some pictures.
Mine came with the chuck and draw bar and an assortment of collets. I have no idea if it was an original option. The collets appear to be 8mm watchmakers lathe collets.  Look on e-bay under watchmakers lathe.

John

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Try a Waltham Machine works Lathe.....Hens teeth are down right plentiful!....in 15 years I've only seen 1 other one....ever!

Mine is on Tony's site

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Re: Wade Cav lathe
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2016, 01:41:54 AM »
Hi everyone.

I'm revisiting this forum because I just found a Wade CAV round bed lathe on the side of the road and am trying to give it a new life by finding out as much about the lathe as possible.

I'm new to lathes/machining and have some questions.

All parts appear to be in working order, a little stiff. I'm wondering what sort of oil should I use to lubricate everything.

I'm also hoping to date the lathe. I think it's old but I want to know how old. There is a serial number in one of the photos.


Also in this photo is a tag that says, "Brighton Aird&Co".


I've read somewhere that there were 13 gears that came with the original lathes, I think I have them all.


I'm not sure what the rings are for. I notice they are tapered with the thicker edge where the nail has been tacked on.





You can see where I've done some cleaning/polishing and where I haven't. The bed and handles are wooden which i think is strange.

I don't know what sized motor to get. I.e. what sort of torque/rpm it should have. I have a solar panel/charge controller/12V battery set up so I'd like it to be a 12V DC motor.

Despite the tag and origin of the lathe, I'm in Melbourne, Australia if anyone wants to check it out.

Any help and advice is greatly appreciated.

JP