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Manufactured/Badged by:
Atlas Press Co.
Kalamazoo, MI

True Manufacturer:
Atlas Press Co., Kalamazoo, MI
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Metal Working Machinery
Machine Type: Lathe, Metal
Machine Size: 6"
Submitted By: Andy Roth
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 618
Date of Manufacturer:
Serial Number: 022820 (View SN Registry Entry)
Last Updated 3/9/2018 2:59:44 AM

I have never restored this machine. I used it for years w/ only minimal repairs (mostly as a result of pushing the machine too hard). The attached picture is from the day I brought it home. I still have it and don't plan to ever part w/ it.

Here is what I wrote about it when I purchased it on November 9, 2010:

"The latest addition to my shop, a World War 2(??) era Atlas 618 machinists Lathe. This aquisition has kind of a neat story behind it.
I started looking for a lathe like this a couple of years ago and when I found that lathes of this vintage that looked like they had been sitting in the rain for 20 years were selling for upwards of $300... I was not impressed. I remembered that as a very young boy (about 4 or 5) my elderly neighbor with whom I spent a lot of time with (Mr. Len Rice) had such a machine in his basement. At that age I spent hours "hanging out" with Mr. Rice helping him pick peaches from his tree, watching him fix things, and so on. At that age there werent really any other kids in the neighborhood and he was happy for me to come "play" with him.

On with the story, I remembered that upon his death his tools went to the neighbor across the street. So I asked my father to make an inquiry of the where abouts of a tool I had not laid eyes on in atleast 25 years. My Father learned the machine was still in the posession of Mr. Ed Jeronczyk. He was willing to part with it for a mere $75.00 but he said (this time last year) "It wont be out of the basement until the spring". When spring came and went I figured it likely wouldn't happen. Suddenly, I got a call on 11/09/10 from my father asking if I would be in town because it was finally out of the basement. I promptly went and scooped it up (as luck had it I was in town on business). It came with MANY NOS Greenfield Tap and Die HSS tools. (Len Rice was a long time employee of GTD when the company was still in my hometown of Greenfield, MA.
After a couple of hours worth of lubing, greasing, and cleaning it lives again. I think that if Mr. Rice was alive today he would be happy to know that I have the machine and it was going to be put to use as opposed to collecting dust in someones basement. I know I'm very happy and thankful to have it. Thank you Dad, Ed, and Len.

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Comments: day of purchase 11/9/2010
Source: Taken By Me Iphone 3gs
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Comments: S/N 022820
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