The first of the machines with a new selectable speed gearbox using oil immersed clutches, the 2A was to prove one of the most popular machines that Ward produced, with many in use even in the 1990's. Six forward and six reverse speeds are available, arranged in three groups of two speeds. A power feed to the rear saddle was fitted (also on the No2)
Capacity is 5½" centre height and 1-3/8" through the headstock and bar feed. Chuck capacity 1-1/4". The headstock casting carries all the gearing and ball/roller bearings for the spindle. The motor drive to the gearbox is by twin belts from the motor.