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Hercules Ajax 14X60

devrep

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Mar 30, 2019
went ahead with this madness 🤪, arrived day before yesterday. my neighbor's brother had a machine to take it off the trailer and set it exactly where I wanted it. the seller delivered it as part of the deal and knew how to rig it for picking it up. only had one inch and a half x 40" bar so used it in the lifting hole and put a chain around one of the big ribs in the bed on the other end. spent the rest of the day cleaning it, went fishing yesterday and finished most of the cleaning today. I'm far from being a Machinist, PXL_20240427_162150391.MP.jpgit's huge compared to the machine I've had the last 5 years and kinda intimidating. way more than I needed.

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this machine came from a research lab machine shop at Florida State university. was not used by students, was used to prototype the things the University came up with over the years and make parts for research labs. the seller bought it from the University and as he has nowhere to use it, he was going to put it in a friends shop and share the use of it with him. didn't work out and he had to get rid of the machine. I don't have the original bill of sale, but this is from when the University requested manuals from the Hercules Distributer in 1967.
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thanks. coming off a nice little SB 9A, I have a lot to learn, including how to use that taper attachment. rank amateur here. hoping that operators manual is going to be my new best friend. just starting to look at it after cleaning everything up.
 
On the tailstock end of the main bed casting, is the name "MAZAK" cast into the detail?

The "ACE" is the Ajax Hercules line, rebranded.

As far as I can tell ;-)

eta This pictured machine is "the same" as the Ajax-Hercules labeled lathe in my shop. Might just be the year of production or the distribution network decision.
The unit I have has a pull out chip pan/and a single speed tailstock spindle drive. No foot brake also.

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I didn't see that, will look again tomorrow. my understanding is that these were made by Mazak.
 
Very nice catch. I like these machines which come with some history. Like going back in time… enjoy it.
 
On the tailstock end of the main bed casting, is the name "MAZAK" cast into the detail?

The "ACE" is the Ajax Hercules line, rebranded.

As far as I can tell ;-)

eta This pictured machine is "the same" as the Ajax-Hercules labeled lathe in my shop. Might just be the year of production or the distribution network decision.
The unit I have has a pull out chip pan/and a single speed tailstock spindle drive. No foot brake also.

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nothing that says Mazak on the machine. here are all the markings except motor and electrical. looks like Hercules Ajax made sure the manufacturer didn't get any credit.
 

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got this machine running on an RPC thanks to some help from the guys in the transformers, phase converters and VFD forum.

looking at the oiling system now. it's pumping, and the oil looks pretty new but is just slightly low on the sight glasses. I probably should drain it and refill. operating manual calls for Shell Tellus #15, which of course is long extinct. the original owners notes also list Gulf Harmony 41 and Texaco Spindura 22, all long gone. I googled cross overs but was wondering what you guys are using.
thanks.
 








 
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