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Today when I was about to use my favorite 6mm lathe to fix a balance my fingers obviously turned into gelly and I dropped the lathe to the floor.
Unfortunately the tailstock cracked, seems to be made of some casting material so welding it  together will not be a permanent fix.
So when I thought I would go out to the bay for a replacement tailstock I realized there were no brand mark on it, but I always bought Lorch tools for it and they fit.
Can anyone identify it and would a tailstock from a Lorch fit on it?






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Most Lorch 6 mm lathes have a lathe bed/bar 20 mm dia. Yours at 16 mm is unusual. Maybe you will find your lathe here (three pages)


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No no luck, been there before when I looked for to buy a 8mm one, a great site packed with information. Thanks anyway Watcher.

I took a look at the Lorch tailstock at the ebay it is 16.7 mm and has a different height to the center so that is a no go.

Well since i only use it to renovate bad balances on pocket watches and stuff like that I can wait until the right tailstock pops infront my eyes ;)

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I also have a 6mm lathe although mine is a Lorch. I bought it second hand and seem to have been lucky as it works surprisingly well for what I use it for.

However, the previous owner managed to make a repair to a very similar problem by putting a right angled piece of metal in and tapped holes in the casting to hold it together. It works well although it is very tight fitting now so it is a bit of a pain to take on and off. Fortunately I don't use the cross slide very much and prefer the hand held graver.

I haven't cleaned everything yet but here is a picture of the repair: 20200527_120959.thumb.jpg.98bec39936188962c6db16015c069599.jpg


Failing that, cast materials will braze as long as you are careful with the temperature which is another possible way of repairing it. I haven't done much brazing, welding or silver soldering before so I don't know about the practicality of that idea.

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These tailstocks do come up for sale occasionally. I've found the brand sometimes seems to vary more than the design, it's possible the different brands sold some of each others lathes under their own names.

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