How to restore a lathe TYZACK ZYTO LATHE PART 1

How to restore a lathe TYZACK ZYTO LATHE PART 1

Welcome to the restortion of Ray’s Lathe, Yes that is correct this isnt mine! i am helping a friend out to get this machine back into good health.

Restoring a lathe is no small job, To have a good Restoration on a lathe requires a few things, Patience, Time, Money, and a lot of disposable gloves!

This is going to be part 1 of probably 2 maybe 3 dependent on how everything goes. In this episode we focus on take down and analyzing the condition what needs cleaning or replacing.

Sadly i don’t have access to specialized equipment for checking the bed wear or truness nor do i have a surface grinder and hand scraping equipment. From ‘feeling’ and taking a close look at the lathes condition i feel it has had very little use, For example the ‘gap’ on the bed still has the original paint left, the front of the bed ways have no marks e.g. hacksaw slips. upon close inspection of the head stock and lead screw it is visible that no obvious wear has in bedded in the lathe which is fantastic. Bushings also looked good and had no visible issues.

I do apologize for the wind noise and breathing noises i am still trying to filter out and get used to video making!

The workmanship and techniques used may not be to the highest standard but i feel its to a fair standard for the quality of the machine and my talent.

Should you have any tips or suggestions please feel free in sharing, Negativity wont be tolerated and you will be blocked from viewing future content.

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Many thanks,



  1. Phil Jones on August 15, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Hi, I have a ZYTO Z964 metal Lathe, there is no manual and I’m struggling to get a tapered tool out of the front of the main shaft, is there a way. cheers Phil

  2. myozone on August 15, 2022 at 12:20 am

    Hello, This is very interesting to watch I’m the person who sold Ray my father’s old lathe.
    Mixed feelings as well, happy it’s being restored and tinged with a little sadness

  3. Mark Guppy on August 15, 2022 at 12:30 am

    I enjoyed this. I have an 1938 Atlas 10" lathe I purchased (along with a 1989 Axminster mill) from a retiring engineer a couple of years ago. The Atlas needs exactly what you’re doing in this series of vids so I look forward to Pt2. It was supplied with a screw cutting kit (yet to work out how to use) and even the original manual! Cheers – Mark.

  4. Lance Stancliffe on August 15, 2022 at 12:32 am

    Hi, remember everything is imperial, even the grub screws. I have the same Zyto, Tyzack lathe as yours but no Cross slide apron. I loved doing mine. Let me know if you struggle with anything ?? Although I doubt you will;-) look out for all the stamps that you will find. Everything every part has a stamp somewhere 😉

  5. Remus Gabriel Popa on August 15, 2022 at 1:07 am

    I have a lathe like this but I don’t have a threaded table, if you have this table please send it to me.

    my email: