WP Davis Lathe for Sale
22 August 2014
Foot and hand powered lathe.
Mike Chalifoux Dedham MA
I believe this is a WP Davis Lathe from the 1890's. The picture from American Foot Power and Hand Power Machinery,
plate 145 is a near perfect match. This lathe also has uprights that hold drive pulleys. The treadle runs the overhead,
the lathe runs from the overhead, and there is a small - but very heavy - drill press that can also run off the overhead.
I will include the drill press with the lathe.
It appears to have a full set change gears - I set it up for a 1/8 tpi spiral - that is one turn in 8 inches!
I used it to make a spiral in a wood project.
Although it still runs from the treadle, it has been fitted with an electric motor. Believe me, it is much easier to
work the lathe if you are not also pumping the treadle!
I have seen a similar lathe in the Charles river museum - and this one is far nicer.
It has a box of tools and many accessories such as steady rest , follower rest, spider, turret tool holder
three jaw chuck, faceplate, two small chucks, and a number of items I have not been able to identify.
This is a solid piece of American history that can still be used.
And - if you think the grid will someday go down - you still can do machining!
I'm asking $1600 for the full setup. If you want other pictures, please let me know. If you know anything more about
this lathe I would really like to hear about it