MECHANICAL ENGINEERING HERITAGE NO.53
Ikegai Standard Engine Lathe No.1
This lathe is an English-type nine-foot lathe that was manufactured by Shotaro Ikegai, the founder of Ikegai Factory (later Ikegai Iron Works; currently Ikegai Corp.), the first manufacturer of machine tools in Japan, and his younger brother Kishiro in 1889 as a facility machine for the factory of their company.
The center-to-center distance is 5 feet (actual measurement: 1,550 millimeters), the bed is of the English type and a cutout is provided. This is the oldest engine lathe manufactured in Japan.
It is said that there were two 12-foot and 6-foot lathes of the English type in the factory. This is a monumental machine tool in the history of the machinery industry in Japan, indicating the high technical level of the Ikegai brothers, who opened up the road to domestic production of the mother machine in an environment with a lack of machinery and materials.
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