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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One especially interesting So lathe has also been found, a home-made version – seen here. As it would have provided the uhimat and most reliable route into production the first version like nearly ever other amateur lathe of the timehad its base and other major castings in iron. Despite being intended as a mass-production unit evidence from these specimens shows that, at first no doubt because of the still-severe economic conditions at the timethe Emco factory would have had a limited number of automatic production machines and a good deal of hand-work went into each example.

See each listing for international shipping options and costs. A central leadscrew was used to drive the carriage up and down the bed rails.

The earliest known sectional drawing of the headstock, dated Mk. It is capable of working any of the materials from the Basic or Classic versions plus soft steel. The ball races are grease lubricated – using oil will wash the grease out and foul ls the inside of the motor, again promoting failure.

It was designed to hold the small triangular tool rest or other accessories at the standard cross-slide height.

Unimat SL1000

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is likely that more than one kind of handwheel was fitted on the production line, with some being of a slightly different diameter to others.

Black crackle finished Emco Unimat Mk. In April the writer met a model engineer who had been given one as a present for his 21 st birthday some 40 years previously.


Even the wood box looks brand new. 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 straight pins for hand-grips.

The belts are ready to be used and do not need to be cut, welded, fused or glued together. Improvements were also made to the headstock, with the spindle being given a register flange and the 2-step pulley made reversible on its mounting – so providing an increase in the number of speeds. Motors used on this model included the Dutch-made painted type the large “round” versionan early example of the very much stronger and reliable U90 but with more sculptured end caps as shown in the large picture in the brochure and the “regular” U90 in a colour to match the lathe.

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 workbench with one strong hand.

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 offered locally in Austria.

Failure of Unimat motors is very common and the causes manifold. The cross slide followed the same design and, just like the English Drummond Little Goliath of 25 years earlier, ran on two bars instead of conventional machined ways. Emco Unimat Model W: However, there was a degree of overlap between the machines, with even early-production examples found though only rarely with the early red nameplate, U90 motors and aluminium handwheels.

The first example used a crude system, similar to that employed in a bicycle hub, with crowded loose balls contained between cones with the single-groove drive pulley held in place overhung, at the left-hand end of the cartridge by an M nut, the adjustment of which was used to set the bearing pre-load.

It is capable of working mostly wood and plastics. ER collets also have an extraction groove– the E and ES collets do not. The earliest known sectional drawing of the headstock, dated So as not to mark the bar, a small brass button was used on the end of the screw.


If a physically similar replacement capacitor cannot be found an electrically compatible one – in the UK for example a Maplin Electronics Part No.

Looks like it may have only been used one or two times. To discover which model you have found, invert the machine and look at the underside of the bed: Eventually to be distributed world-wide – with importers using a variety of badges on the headstock – the first known advertisement for what was to become known as the DB in the USA, and SL in Europe, has been traced to page 60 in the October, issue of Model Railroader Magazine and placed by the original American importer Plasticast of Chicago, Illinois and Palo Alto, California.

You are getting two 2 new cup springs. This had a big, round-shaped induction motor with matching wrapper paint, a small red name plate mounted low down on the sloping face of the headstock, green paint and die-cast hand wheels with the wasp-tail handles.

Unimat – Wikipedia

The tiny instruction book issued with this model was marked as being the 2nd edition and was originally typed on an A4 sheet, reduced to A5 and bound in grey card. This model of the Unimat 1 has many plastic parts.

hnimat It is likely that only two motors were used on this model: At around this time Emco introduced the Model W, a simplified “Woodworking” version bereft of carriage and feed-screw. Larger emdo must be bored rather than drilled on a small mill because large drills cannot be chucked in a Unimat an This tool article is a stub. However, one measured has been discovered to have an OD 0. However, by the mid s the technical literature with USA-market machines was showing two motors: You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

Although the system worked well enough, it did not have the clamping power of the later type and would probably not have stood up well to the demands of heavier milling cuts.