Millers Falls treadle lathe
The Goodell lathe is a small "boy's lathe" with two speed 13" flywheel powered by a heel and toe treadle similar to a sewing machine. The bed is 24" long, and 30" from floor to centers. 5" swing and only 12 1/2" between centers with either the drill chuck or the Shopsmith spur drive that has been adapted to fit the spindle with a nylon bushing. The machine runs very smoothly and with the least effort of any lathe we've had. It also produces the least power, but adequate for light work. Good bearings and no breaks or welds in the iron.
Using a wood screw in the chuck for spindle turning
the flywheel and treadle assembly
End view - "MILLERS FALLS CO, MILLERS FALLS MASS" cast in the frame.
close up of drill chuck, tool rest, and double drive pulley
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