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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This article has multiple issues. Constructed as a one piece casting, the first tailstock had a distinctive spindle-retaining nut, just inboard of the handwheel, and a very pronounced rearward cantilever to maximize the machine’s limited between-centres’ capacity. Number of bids ujimat bid amounts may be slightly out of date. Accessory boxes of the time were very distinctive with a turquoise or teal blue-and-white label with “Emco” spelled out in a diagonal line, a ‘circle M’ logo and “Made in Austria” printed underneath in small letters.

ssl 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.

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Although tiny, it was perfectly capable of decent work, available with a wide range of accessories and was light enough to be lifted on and off the uimat with one strong hand. Knimat “Light” models were painted a hammer-effect green and with minor mechanical alterations only, including rather crude, cast-in degree-graduation marks on the front of the headstock.

This is a new 12 VDC permanent magnet motor with variable speed. An examination of the castings used on early lathes show them to have an inferior finish to later ones, though no doubt their material quality was entirely satisfactory.

Retrieved from ” https: The lathe shows very little use s, there is little to no scarring on set screws. Unfortunately there was no provision for aligning the headstock, other than fitting the tailstock ram with a centre and pushing it into the spindle hole – while simultaneously tightening the locking screw.


For the American market the 2A Instruction book was published by “American Edelstaal” in New York and was a considerable improvement over the original. The tailstock handwheel was black turned steel with a ‘wasp-tail’ handle. The 3-jaw chuck and the drill chuck delivered with this lathe were identical to the ones supplied earlier, with the ring-scroll portion of the 3-jaw the part gripped to turn the scroll being diamond knurled and drilled with 6 Tommy-bar fmco. The machines enable the user to have a drill presslathe and milling machine.

It may be that an earlier model was advertised in – but a search by the writer’s German contacts through hobby literature of that year has drawn a blank – hence this is likely to have been not just the first American, but the first ever advertisement for the Unimat Continued: Once your request is received, we will combine your order and send you a corrected invoice.

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The earliest discovered European mention of the lathe was in the February edition of the popular English magazine ” Practical Mechanics ” – an early German-language of the full catalogue is here. The motor was the now-familiar unmiat plain-bearing Dutch unit, with the centre portion painted ether black or in a colour to match the rest of the machine.

It was sold specifically for use on the ‘W’ and appears to have been offered in Europe only. I take very good care of my tools. The belts are ready to be used and do not need to be cut, welded, fused or glued together.

Whilst the OD and ID are plain eco the flats were ground. Emco Unimat Model W: It was designed to hold the small triangular tool rest or other accessories at the standard cross-slide height. Because of its construction, and the fact that the bed bars were socketed into the base casting, it was necessary to dismantle the entire lathe if the uniimat had to be removed.

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The heavier base, having a much higher zinc content hence the weightmeant that it could be s to “plastic cold flow” if left under constant stress. Late s headstock with the vertical, hexagon-headed alignment pin Mk. One especially interesting Unimat-based lathe has also been found, a emc version – seen here.


Although it had been in regular use, it still retained its first motor he had been careful not to exceed the time-limited running and even one drive belt was original. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There was also a slight bevelling of the upper corners of the headstock support – an alteration that would be reflected in the forthcoming die-cast unimaf – and the headstock itself may also have been increased in size slightly but with corners of a tighter radius measurements are awaited and its milling post-retaining pin moved to a position parallel to the spindle cartridge.

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Although some of the original illustrations were used, the robin’s-egg blue paper and a different font, properly typeset and justified, made all the difference.

However, with post-WW2 production difficulties and material shortages still hampering all industries, it’s possible that this first type was never publicised at all, but just unmat locally in Austria.

The aim had been to allow its use as a metal or wood lathe, miller, drill press, polisher, grinder, jig saw, saw bench, wood planer or jointer, sander or even – with the headstock emo from the bed and fitted with a grip – as a hand drill.

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. The motor bracket, later a neat die-cast affair, was a rather rough aluminium casting with only emcp holes machined.

At around this time Emco introduced the Model W, a simplified “Woodworking” version bereft of carriage and feed-screw. This example also has a locking screw on the cross slide. It is likely uimat the Mk.