| I found this old thing in a drawer and finally took some photos of
| it. It's an automatic threading whatchacallit for a bigger lathe than
| I currently own.
Isn't it called "quick retract thread cutting device"?
--Yes, but what I'd like to do is find the original manufacturer,
or alternately see if there's anything similar out there made to a more
manageable scale; this one's a wee bit huge for my Myford.
--PS would have replied sooner but my ISP has switched to a newer
version of tin and it's been a real PITA to get it working right. When
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"Steamboat Ed" Haas : Whatever happened
Hacking the Trailing Edge! : to Tom Nelson?
They produce castings and plans for two
devices: a retracting toolholder which can be clamped in a lathe toolpost
and carries a springloaded threading tool which can be withdrawn under
spring power at the end of a threading traverse or a spring-loaded Myford
topslide which may be operated in the same manner. I have made the latter
and find it extremely useful.
The Myford topslide mod was designed by the legendary and late-
lamented George Thomas (the other 'Saint George') and is fully described
and drawn in his book 'The Model Engineer's Manual' - available from
Hemingway for about £25. (If you should need further help or information,
Chris Edwards (in deepest Dorset) ..."There must be an easier way...!"