An eclectic collection of Unimat information and ephemera.
This page has been a long time coming. Any suggestions or information you would like to add. Let me know. Thanks to all who provided material.
As noted eleswere on this web site. Tony Griffiths in the U.K. along with Cary Stewart have documented Unimat machine changes in pictures and comments. For that info. Visit his site http://www.lathes.co.uk/ Look under Emco / Unimat
I am going to concentrate on Vintage paper materials; flyers, price lists, accessory catalogs / ephemera..
Circa, 1956 Popular Mechanics, full page ad. Note: distributor name, early tags also showed Edelstaal Amsterdam. Credit, Cary Stewart
Circa, 1956 Note: Rectangle taper key for head alignment , cast-in chip pan base and Black Krinkle paint. These machines have a wonderful look and feel. Credit, Rod Gray South Africa
Note: Post war ( WWII ) Manufactures / Industrial designers were fond of using Krinkle paint, Hammered paint and Japanning finishes on their products. They define this period.
Circa, 1974 Walthers Model Railroad Catalog Everyone was selling the Unimat!
Here is very early Edelstaal Amsterdam Tag Credit; Juan C Pepper, Peru. His Fathers Unimat, Circa 1950
This came with my Sears Unimat. Reg. No. is serial # on lathe tag . More Sears info. below.
Circa, 1970 American Edelstaal Accessory Catalog
Everyone can use that 4" combo with center head Love that Bending Brake!
Circa, 1973 American Edelstaal Accessory Price List Interesting to note: Machine price is same 1956 thru Mid 70's $199.50
Circa, Mid 1970's Yes, there was a time when you could stop at any Sears tool department and buy Unimat machines , parts and accessories.
If your Machine is marked with 736.21410, it is a Sears Unimat. Made in Austria by Emco, just like all other Unimat Sl models. Also interesting to note. On that tag you will find stamped serial number. I believe these are the only serial numbered machines.
Please have a look at these other pages of interest on my Unimat web site:
Circa Early 70's Edelstaal, the North American Distributor. Sold this neat American Made, Tool Cutting System.
It is a well thought out system with easy to sharpen preshaped inserts. Inserts were offered in Carbide, High speed M-2 steel / vanadium / tungsten and High Speed T-15 steel / cobalt/ tungsten.
These were popular with the early users who had all the accessories.
Some basic Unimat information.
All Unimat models DB, DB200, SL, SL1000 ( I refer to this model as the Unimat DB/SL ) are in simple terms the same machine. Just a manufacturing progression over the years of production. That said, there were changes , again refer to Tony Griffiths Lathe site to view those changes ( see above ).
All machines Unimat DB/Sl and Unimat-3 were made in Austria by Emco Machine.
The tags on the machine may or may not reflect this.
They usually indicate the distributor.
Edelstaal was the North American distributor. ( The information I received was that. The Edelstaal family was directly related to the family that owned the Emco factory in Austria ).
They had different addresses over the years, some are:
American Edelstaal ( Amsterdam ) Inc. Unimat Division 350 Broadway NY 13, NY.
American Edelstaal Inc. 350 Broadway NY 13, NY.
American Edelstaal Inc. 1 Atwood Ave Tenafly NJ
Canadian Edelstaal 47 Granger Ave Scarborough Ont
B Elliott Machinery Ltd Victoria Road London, was the sole U.K. distributor ( early )
Internatio-Rotterdam S.A. Johannesburg, Capetown, Durban. South Africa distributor
Very early tags indicated Edelstaal N.V. Amsterdam, Alleen Importeur Voor Nederland ( Only Importer for the Netherlands )
The Unimat DB/Sl was first manufactured post WWII in 1947, not distributed here until mid 1950's. Stayed in production until 1977. Probably 300,000 to 400,000 units were made .
The Unimat-3 went into production in 1976 as a replacement for the DB/Sl model. The Unimat-3 went out of production in early 1990.
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