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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Up for sale is a unimat model sl Mini model makers lathe. The hand-grip used to convert the headstock into a drill was quite rounded, perhaps a little smaller than the latter cast-iron production version–but much more comfortable to use. To excite the anoraks amongst us, some six variations on the handle have so far come to light.

Motors used on this model so the Dutch-made painted type the large “round” versionan early example of the very much stronger and reliable U90 but with more unimst end caps as shown in the large picture in the brochure and the “regular” U90 in a colour to match the lathe.

The plain bearings were lubricated through wicks, and it’s important not to take these out and squirt oil in directly – doing so will wreck the motor.

This tool article is a stub. With its unique headstock design, ingenious drive system and clever accessory mountings, everything points to the lathe being designed from the outset unimay a multi-purpose machine that could be gradually equipped with a range of profitable extras.

However, there are four known copies of the Unimat: The first kind splined drive-bar used to move the cartridge was fitted with a very short, plain handle but later a black knob was added and finally the handle retaining the ballwas lengthened. Unimt the UK the lathe was marketed first by J. By reversing the pulleys, and rearranging the belt runs, 11 speeds of approximately to r. A central leadscrew was used to drive the carriage up and down unkmat bed rails.


It was sold specifically for use on the ‘W’ and appears to have been offered in Europe only. It unimay be emphasised that the manufacturer did not use these, nor were the alterations given any publicity at the time.

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: Learn how and when to remove these template messages. The original model stayed in production untilwith a run of aroundexamples, at which point it was replaced by the Unimat 3, an entirely conventional-looking lathe and one not nearly as adaptable to so many different unnimat. USA shipping only lower 48 states.

Unfortunately, this model was not well finished and lacked the delightful detailing of earlier machines: The machines enable the user to have a drill presslathe and milling machine. Motors were fitted with either plain bronze or ball bearings with, in general, those for Europe with voltages aboveusing ball races and most American-market U90s with plain bearings – though an exception was the first 40 Watt motor that used ball-races.

Emco Unimat SL – Helicopters, pocket watches, helicopter flight simulation and more.

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. From an estate sale comes this uniMat Mini lathe comes with the original belt which has some wear on it but also comes with an O ring type belt as a replacement comes also with the an additional tool Please see photos for more details and s, items.

The motor bracket, later a neat die-cast affair, was a rather rough aluminium casting with only the holes machined. The use of dies enabled the appearance of the base to be cleaned up somewhat and allowed an almost full-length, vertical flat face to be used. The entire body of the drill chuck was also given a distinctive and effective diamond-knurl finish.

The original belts were in the form of coiled-steel wire “springs”, not an ideal material to run against aluminium. The earliest known sectional drawing of the headstock, dated Mk. A Unimat SL lathe in the original wooden box with all accessories and factory literature. In order no doubt to give the unit a “machine-tool” or “technical” appearance it was finished, apart from the black-varnished field-lamination area, in an attractive crackle-black paint to match the lathe.


These first die-cast machines have become known as the “Heavy” Unimat because, a little later, yet another change of material was made to a different grade of ZAMAK resulting in the “Light” version.

Emco Unimat SL – Helicopters, pocket watches, helicopter flight simulation and more.

If the motor is stripped, just a trace of grease unimmat 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.

This is not a factory part. The smaller turned-parts on were probably made on a “Swiss Auto” – and ideal machine for making quantities of precision miniature components – with the plain-steel, mm diameter handwheels having a pleasing diamond knurl around their outer edge, tiny micrometer dials engraved into the inner boss and emck pins for hand-grips.

Most of the Unimat range is no longer in production, but the smallest Unimat 1 and its variants is now produced by the Cool Tool Gmbh. Very handy to have around for the metal worker. Articles with a promotional tone from June All articles with a promotional tone Wikipedia articles in need of updating from June All Wikipedia articles in need of updating Articles with multiple maintenance issues All stub articles.

That section of the base on which the headstock fitted was rectangular in shape, with a flat front, and bored to accept a large “inverted-cone” that allowed the headstock to be rotated unimar quickly detached. The earliest emoc sectional drawing of the headstock, dated New Mexico Sold by: