Willis geared head precision lathes have a very similar design to the popular Colchester lathes. These conventional lathes are available with a range of swings over the bed from 13 inches - 22 inches. All of these conventional engine lathes feature a gap bed. Our Colchester-style lathes are also available with a variety of distances between centers, from 30 inches to 120 inches. Normally equipped with a Norton-style universal gear box (excluding model 1340), these conventional lathes are also available as infinitely variable-speed versions, utilizing a Yaskawa AC digital inverter, providing full power throughout all speed ranges. Along with the Colchester-style lathes, Willis Machinery offers many other options in conventional lathes, including smaller tool room lathes, to the much larger mammoth PK IV series conventional lathes.