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Subject: 14" Hercules/Ajax Lathe

Date: 11/29/99
Posted by: Jimmy Squires
E-mail: j-squires(at)ti(dot)com(no spam)
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I recently purchased a Hercules/Ajax Gap Lathe. It measures 16"(23" with gap removed) x 60". On the base of the tailstock end, is 14" in large numbers? I am working on a manual for it from Machinery Manuals on the Web. What I am interested in is the date of manufacturer. Serial # <>309 is stamped in the backside way at the tailstock end. The <> is a diamond shape symbol in front of 309. I have contacted Mazak who I understood bought out or once marketed under the Hercules/Ajax name(I don't know which?), but they were of no help. Anyone out there have a 14" Hercules/Ajax that has anymore information? It is a very nice lathe with many "modern" features so I do not believe it is real old. My guess is 1960-70s. Thanks, Jimmy Squires j-squires@ti.com

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