Emco Unimat SL and DB Manual (English) – Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. This wasn’t easy to find!. Pure chance brought me then to the Emco Unimat SL small machine tool from the seventies. On ebay I followed the offers and after some time I went for one offer. The Unimat covers a range commercially sold machines intended for machining and metalworking for model making hobbyists manufactured by the Emco Emco[edit]. Unimat DB, Unimat DB; Unimat SL, Unimat SL; Unimat 3.

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Unimat – Wikipedia

Late s carriage with a single locking screw on the cross slide, wasp-tail handles and crude, cast-in degree marking on the feed-screw handwheels. If, with the tension screw No. If the motor is stripped, just a trace of grease on the bearings is sufficient – and, whilst it’s down, check to see if the bearings are loose in their housings; if they are, secure them with a low-strength grade of Loctite.

It is capable of working any of the materials from the Basic or Classic versions plus soft steel. Could the change to the lighter, higher-aluminium content base have been due to this or, much more likely, cost savings? It may be that an earlier model was advertised in – but a search by the writer’s German contacts through hobby literature of that year has drawn a blank.

To discover which model you have found, invert the machine and look at the underside of the bed: Improvements were also made to the headstock, with the spindle being given a register flange and the 2-step pulley made reversible on its mounting – so providing an increase in the number of speeds. This model of the Unimat 1 has many plastic parts and plastic machining cross slides. As it would have provided the easiest and most reliable route into production the first version like nearly ever other amateur lathe of the timehad its base and other major castings in iron.

At around this time Emco introduced the Model W, a simplified “Woodworking” version bereft of carriage and feed-screw. This model of the Unimat 1 has many plastic parts. Arranged emcoo the simple and effective means of splitting the right-hand half of the casting from front to back, the cross-slide clamp used an M6 socket -headed screw set positioned at the front between feed screw and the right-hand 8 mm-diameter cross slide bar to squeeze the parts together.


On earlier examples the hole unimt drilled though the shaft and a different type of locking bolt used.

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The handwheels, now larger at mm in diameter, were made slightly thinner and given a knurled rim and a locking nut on the end of their feedscrew, instead of through the wheel’s boss. The feed-screws on these models were changed to a left-hand thread, unimaat allowing a “normal” feel – where turning the screw to the right resulted in a deeper cut; a far better arrangement than the unimaf originals that did the opposite.

Of course, collectors have moved into the market and very early black-finish machines – and most of the accessories from any year – are very sought after and command high prices. Unfortunately there was no provision for aligning the headstock, other than fitting the tailstock unimar with a centre and pushing it into the spindle hole – while simultaneously tightening the locking screw.

Production of the “W” continued into the dies-cast era but, with so few about, only limited numbers can have been sold. From the start of production the motor bracket came with an idler pulley – but machines have been found without this fitting possibly to ease the fitting of a particular accessory and hence only 6 instead of 11 speeds.

Realising that one 6 mm screw clamping the casting to the slide bar was entirely adequate, Emco did not persist with this modification. Retrieved 14 February The machines enable the user to have a drill press wmco, lathe and milling machine. Whilst the OD and ID are plain machined the flats were ground.

This example also has a locking screw on the cross slide. The ER type are measured at a defined distance below the extraction groove on the 8-degree 16 Degrees included angle. The same catalogue also shows a unique tool block DB with two T-slots running front to back and a single clamp screw with a clamp piece.

By reversing the pulleys, and rearranging the belt runs, 11 speeds of approximately to r. All indications are that this machine was given unimxt test drive and then put aside in a clean location. Accessory boxes of the time were very distinctive with a turquoise or teal blue-and-white label with “Emco” spelled out in a diagonal line, a ‘circle M’ logo and “Made in Austria” printed underneath in small letters.

Rather late in the day, on August 1,a United States patent No. The heavier base, having a much higher uniat content hence the weightmeant that it could be subjected to “plastic cold flow” if left under constant stress. The tiny instruction book issued with this model was marked as being the 2nd edition and was originally typed on an A4 meco, reduced to A5 and bound in grey card.

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It includes options for more power, table saw and router table. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It must be emphasised that the manufacturer did not use these, nor were the alterations given any publicity at the time. Smooth operation throughout range. A central leadscrew was used to drive the carriage up and down the bed rails.

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The entire body of the drill chuck was also given a distinctive and effective diamond-knurl finish. UK-market badge from the Elliott era. Unimats of this age were also given a more robust carriage assembly with the whole of the casting, including the front and back walls through which the way-bars passed, noticeably thickened.

The vertical pillar was This page was last updated: Looks like it may have only been used one or two times. The tailstock cantilever was reduced and the casting became a two-piece affair with the upper and lower sections clamped to the bed rails by a single Allen bolt. The “pea-green”, pre Emco brochure shows just such a machine, with the larger Dutch motor: See each listing for international shipping options and costs. Notable for the introduction of a rounded “step” in front unimaat the headstock through which a simple vertical alignment pin could pass, this was the last version of the Unimat to use a cast-iron base.

With its unique headstock design, ingenious drive system and clever accessory mountings, everything points to the lathe being designed from the outset as a multi-purpose machine that could be gradually equipped with a range of profitable extras. Although the 2 and 2A had a carriage unomat at unomat back the cross slide generally did not – that improvement jnimat as standard on the 2B.

Although an almost continuous series of small and larger changes altered many details of the lathe’s construction and appearance, the general arrangement of all models was identical: A photographic essay for the Mk.