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The lathe was developed to produce turned light alloy parts for Russian aircrafts.


In the late 1930s, Russia ordered 1000 lathes of this type. Manufacture was supervised by two inspectors from Russia. When world war II broke out, the leathes could not be delivered to Russia because the Germans controlled access to Saint Petersburg and had occupied Finland. The lathes were instead sold to the Swedish engineering industry. In total, around 300 lathes of this model were delivered, known as the "Russian lathe". This specimen is numbered 3964 and was delivered in 1942 to Vedevågs factory, where it has been used for turning tapers on drill bits. In 1942 the lathe cost SEK 10 240. The lathe was donated to the Munktell Museum by Vedevågs Bruk in 1997.


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Munktells aluminium lathe model ML 35


Introduced                                               1942

Engine                                                       ASEA My 15 1,4 kW, 380 V

Rotation speed (motor)                          1 400, 920, 720 r/min

Turning diameter over bed                   375 mm

Turning diameter over cross-slide       150 mm

Height of centres                                    160 mm

Distance between centres                     600 mm

Spindle bore                                             45 mm

Rotation speed (spindle)                        634, 838, 1 300 r/min

Length feed                                              0,022-0,315 mm/r

Transverse feed                                       0,009-0,150 mm/r