There was some mention here recently of buying machine manuals etc from the original makers, sometimes cheaper than ebay etc.
I was impressed when I applied to Dean, Smith & Grace for a manual for my 'new' old 17" lathe. Within 2 working days I had a copy of the manual *for that particular lathe*, including a copy of the original order sheet from 1955. Supplied new to A. Reyrolle in Hebburn, Co Durham, evidently part of a batch of three as the spec included that the 'travelling stay' ordered as an extra should also fit two other lathes, numbered above & below this one. Sadly, the travelling stay must have travelled elsewhere as has the (standard equipment) fixed steady.
Price of the machine was £1652 - 10 - 0 in 1955.
Price of the manual today was £30 including VAT & postage. Not cheap, but worth it IMO. There's someone offering copies of the DSG 1709 manual, a fairly similar later version, on ebay for about half that, but for me this was the better deal.
Anyone got a spare DSG 17" steady or two?
Cheers Tim Dutton Dry-Dock Traditional & Modern canal craft repairs Vintage diesel engine service