I bought an old Advance lathe (April 2005). Made in Melbourne, Australia during the 1970's (best guess). It's a clone of the Myford M4, a popular predecessor of the '7' series, and one of the lathes which initially built Myford's pre & post WWII reputation. It's similar to the UK Perfecto lathe.
The lathe is 7" throw (3-1/2 centre ht.) by 20" between centres. #2 MT. Has 3 speeds + back-gearing, 6 speeds total. Imperial leadscrew, indexed dials on cross-slide & compound.
It's size is a little limiting for what I want to do, but it was at least affordable.
included (after a lot of bargaining) were:
When purchased it was in dire need of maintenance. It looked like it was rarely lubricated & the gibs not adjusted for many years. Original machining is still visible on machined surfaces, so wear was not excessive.
After stripping it right down, cleaning inside & out, it was re-assembled, lubricated & adjusted. The only work remaining is minor, things like re-bushing the slide screws & straightening the compound tool-rest screw (slightly bent).
Here it is:
Note: Mounted on a simple tubular steel floor stand (painters' trestles braced & welded), under a home-made aluminium tray. Between the tray and the lathe bed are two cast iron stands from an old refrigeration compressor I had lying around.
are a couple of websites with more details on this type of
lathe. The best ones are at:
Lathe Radial Drilling & Light Milling Attachment / Modification.