capstan lathe

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capstan lathe

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(Tools) a lathe for repetitive work, having a rotatable turret resembling a capstan to hold tools for successive operations. Also called: turret lathe
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By 1914 Alfred Herbert Ltd had 2,000 employees and specialised in making hexagon turret lathes, capstan lathes, automatic turning machines, automatic screw machines, milling machines and ball bearing drilling machines.
As apprentices we trained on capstan lathes, then went on to turret lathes, and finished on automatics, getting sufficient experience to set- up the complex machines.
By now the firm was importing new sophisticated machinery from America for plastic injection moulding alongside capstan lathes from Coventry, and I was one of the team.