Lathe Manual

Greetings all,

I have a 12x36 Clausing lathe. I would like to obtain a copy of the original manuals. Any ideas how to:

(1) identify the exact model (2) find a source for the manual



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You can get them from Clausing. Some nice stranger on the internet sent me one for my 5419

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Clark Magnuson

As Clark mentioned, Calusing will sell you a manual, typically between $10-25 depending on the model:

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You should have your serial number handy (in addition to the model number) when you call as some of the models went through several engineering changes over the years. The 5900-series lathes have something like 25 different versions of the manual, for example.

The model number and S/N were often stamped on a small plate at the tailstock end of the lathe. The S/N may also be stamped on the bed, behind the front V-way at the tailstock end. If you can't find that and you can link to a picture of your lathe here, you should be able to get a response on the model number pretty quickly. Upload a picture to www.metalworking .com if you don't have a way to host the picture yourself.


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Mike Henry

According to AG :

The model -- and the serial number -- should be on metal labels mounted on the tailstock foot.

Clausing themselves. Feed them the model number and the serial number, and they will supply you a photocopy of the appropriate manual pages -- plus some extras in case others have retrofitted compatible parts to it form other lathes.

Clausing Service Center Phone: (574) 533-0371

The last time that I talked to them was July of 2005.

Enjoy, DoN.

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DoN. Nichols

There's a guy on ebay who sells the generic 5900 manual on CD rom for $25

--.- Dave

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Dave August


Called Clausing this AM and according to them the lathe is model 100 dating back to 1941. I ordered the manual although I really don't think it is that old. The only real markings are: a stamp of what appears to be SN on the tailstock end of the ways, a plate on the headstock saying something about Timken bearings and a tread table on the back of the headstock saying something about Clausing manufacturing in Iowa. I will try to post a picture on my own web site later today and see if anyone here can give me more details.


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