American Tool Works lathe, 1912 14" High-Duty "Larktide"
First Glance, 1/29/2005
My ATW Lathe Project Pages
Picture gallery of other High-Duty machines
Location is Baltimore, MD, USA
May 2006 - I visited Dave Sobel again and bought up his American Tool
Works docs that were not already scanned- don't know what possessed me
to not buy them last time. I scanned the documents and another ATW
owner graciously hosted them on his webspace- see the ATW Documentation
October 2005 - I called the company who owns the remains of American
Tool Works; Bourn & Koch.
The website has a list of contact numbers for the various companies they
own, American among them. It turns out they have manufacturing records
back to the early 1900's and some documentation as well. I discovered my
lathe was built in 1912, and the High Duty series machines were built up
until 1940. I also ponied up for the parts manual which includes
detailed assembly info for the entire model line & some "official"
setup instruction. A very good find! I would urge any ATW owners to give
them a call- they were quite friendly and helpful.
In May 2005 I had the opportunity to look through a 1912 American Tool
Works product guide and track down my lathe's serial number in a
reference guide. I discovered my lathe was constructed in 1926/27
(actually 1912- I must have misinterpreted
Dave Sobel's documentation), and is a "High-Duty" model,
codenamed "Larktide". American Tool Works gave colloquial names to
all their products, their lathes at the time all beginning with
"Lark...", my lathe's configuration named with the "tide" suffix.
In the later 1920's, ATW began producing the "Multi-Production" series
based substantially on the "High-Duty" models. After some years of
production, ATW began selling their new Pacemaker machines also under
the Multi-Production name.
Sometime after the mid-1920's, ATW began coding the production year of
each lathe as the last two digits of the serial number, before that time
the last two digits signify something else.
I bought this lathe from the son of a tool & die machinist who
bought it from the Philadelphia Navy Yard in the 1960's. If anyone
reading this has any info on my model lathe or similar ATW models, I'd
really appreciate it if you would send me an email. Thanks!
ATW documentation; http://atw.vannatta.com http://pounceatron.dreamhosters.com/docs
Dan's "The American Tool Works Company - Pacemaker Lathe"
STANS PROJECT PAGE 12
American Tool Works Company Lathe
American Lathe Yahoo Group
I'm fairly sure this is a somewhat larger ATW doing some work at NASA
Glenn Research Center in the 1950's. The headstock shape and
partially visible shifter are suggestive. This lathe has the motor and
controls mounted on the top of the headstock. Mine has a mounting
platform in the same location, supporting the big motor and geartrain
visible in my initial pictures.