Unashamed request for Charles Taylor capstan lathe parts.
Hi. I've been bringing a small Charles Taylor capstan back to life. I'm not sure of the model
number but it's a half inch capacity 2 1/2" throat dating from somewhere around the late
thirties. There's quite a lot of sentiment attached to this machine - I spent a lot of
my apprenticeship working on one almost identical. The one I worked on was a later model
with integral motor (this has a lay shaft) but was otherwise much the same. Taylor were more famous
for making metal spinning lathes but this capstan is a wonderful little work horse.
The bearings are still sound and the turret is solid. It's a testament to the quality
of Taylor machines - basic construction but high quality materials. Must give it a coat
of paint sometime!
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I'm desperately short of collets. I have some as you can see in the photo
but not many. I'm particularly short of hexagon and square collets. I have no hexagonal
collets at all and only one 1/4" square collet which has been broken and fixed
at some time and sadly isn't quite true. Whether there were ever any metric collets I don't know but if
there were they'd be nice to have.
Charles Taylor Capstan Collet
Everything on the machine is imperial so things are kind of hard to get. The turret
takes 5/8" shank tooling. If anyone has any tooling that will fit this turret
it would be most welcome. Items such as tool holders,
Charles Taylor Capstan Tool holder
tapping heads, die heads, turning boxes, drill chucks, anything useful that will fit the 5/8"
turret. If you're curious about the machine or have any parts you no longer have a use for,
or have any questions please feel free to contact me using the link in the menu to
the left or by emailing me. Engineers being as engineers are, incapable of throwing anything away,
parts for this machine will be gathering dust under a bench somewhere. Lets see them put
to use. I'm in the UK so it may not be practical if you have parts and you're outside the
UK. I will of course cover any costs incurred. Thank you for reading this far.