I bought three of these Zyto lathes in quick succession late summer 2013.
One was for the most part complete and in serviceable condition. The other two were some what incomplete and rather in need of attention, but complimented each other in terms of missing / damaged / worn parts.
After a deal of vacillation, I decided to build one good machine from the two donors with a view to keeping that one and follow through with a refurbishment of the serviceable machine with a view to selling it on when complete. The third machine which will be very short of original parts that would make it useful as an operational Zyto lathe has not had its future determined yet. Depends on what it is like under all the surface rust and grime etc.
Unfortunately I did not photographically record the first rebuild of one out of two donors. That was completed late Autumn 2013. It went well, if being a deal more work than I had bargained on, mostly due to the fact as I learned during the process, that these machines were essentially hand built and what you may expect to be standard parts were in fact not. There appears to have been quite a bit of selective assembly and specific fitting to make the components a working and viable machine tool.
So what follows will be the breakdown and refurbishment of the mostly serviceable machine and the clean up and inspection of the remains of the very incomplete donor. If the donor bed checks out OK I might just CNC it. I have most of the gear necessary for that. See how it goes?
So to start with....
Some background on a Tyzack Zyto lathe.
And a couple of pics of the mostly finished (are they ever really finished) machine doing something
And a couple of pics of the machine(s) to be refurbished
It might be a week or two before I engage with doing something with them.