No. 4 Velocipede Lathe
This lathe is designed for turning both wood and iron, and for boring, drilling, polishing, etc. It is not an amateur tool, but is strictly mechanical in every respect. It is of a desirable size for small work, and has many important advantages in the construction and arrangement of its parts. It will take in work 7 inches in diameter and 20 inches long. Having our patent velocipede foot power and improved seat, the operator sits comfortably in the best possible position for the management of his work, and he can work steadily without fatigue. The speed can be varied from 1000 to 2000 revolutions per minute, and the motion can be started, stopped or reversed instantly, at the will of the operator. Greater power can be applied on the work than with any old style foot power, and with greater ease. The seat can be moved readily along to any part of the bed that the work requires, although, as the bed is short, it is seldom necessary to change. The lathe is made entirely of iron and steel. The bed is solid and has V shaped projections, over which the head and tail stocks and hand and slide rests are fitted. The leading screw for the tool carriage is operated by hand; by it the tool carriage can be traveled 20 inches, the entire distance between the center. The carriage can be engaged or disengaged instantly from the leading screw. The upper or cross slide ways on which the tool post moves can be set at any desired angle, and the tapers can be turned and taper holes bored to the extent of its travel on these ways. The arrangement of the tool post and carriage is such that balls can be turned. The tail stock can be moved and set at any point desired, by the simple turning of a hand wheel; or it can be taken off entirely, thus leaving the bed free for face plate or chuck work. The head stock spindle has taper bearings, and can be adjusted with as much delicacy as a jeweler's lathe; that of the tail stock is moved by a screw and hand wheel. The head and tail stock spindles are made of steel and have truly fitted taper centers, and that of the tail stock is self-discharging.
The price of the lathe is $40. This includes one turned face plate, two pointed and one spur center, two rests with sockets and plate for hand tools, slide rest or tool carriage as described, and wrench and necessary belting. It weighs 180 pounds. Boxed, ready for shipping, it weighs 230 pounds.
From the 1885 catalog of W.F. & John Barnes Co., Rockford, Il.