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Thread: Harrison M300 single phase from new
29/05/2020 09:41:27

600 Group are still going and if you supply the serial number they will be able to confirm if there was any difference in the headstock type. Great lathes, just be aware any parts are 'Pricey' but hopefully you wont need any.

Thread: Hardened and chromed steel rod
19/04/2020 21:02:05

These guys are good, but they only use one delivery firm (which is expensive). They do allow you to organise your own courier though ..or if your local pop in


Edited By Philip D on 19/04/2020 21:03:44

04/04/2020 19:30:28

@Nick Tollhurst I have dropped you a message can you get in touch

Thread: Colchester Student Mk1 Won't Start
23/12/2019 14:37:39

When repairing similar on my M300. I got a thin sheet cut to just the right size for the base and got a local faricator to weld it to the base for a drink, rather than attempt to repair a very poor surface.

Thread: Omnimill 00
12/05/2019 14:59:52

It will be after tuesday ..

12/05/2019 14:59:20

Ian drop me your email, so I can forward manual and the info you require

Thread: Omnimill 00 Opinions
06/05/2019 20:38:19

I am also a Omnimill owner. These a pretty robust mills, when sited in place no lifting should be required

If you can take the time to sort out a VFD, you'll hardly have to faff around with the belts. Please check a recent thread on here for guidance and links to sources of manuals / help.

Finding a good one can take a while (they are in all probablity at least 50 yrs old), make sure the horizontal arbour and end casting are with it ..these are now virtually impossible to find. Later models are 30INT on the horizontal and 3MT on vertical. Also late metric models came with a 27MM horizontal abour check what it is size wize, it caught a few out (including me). I ended up getting it ground down to 1"


Thread: Omnimill 00
04/05/2019 22:37:33

If it's got the original 3 phase motors, you can get a motor rewinder to pull out the star points and run all the motors off inverters. This is what I ended up doing rather than having to change belts. I actually use the same inverter for both horizontal and vertical, by changing set parameters within the menu of the inverter.

Take a look at

Check the oil points..virtually all of them are oil points and not grease ..which many users seem to get wrong.

If your going to use coolant I'd recommend fitting an enclosed tank in the base that you can get get bloody messy otherwise .

There is also a yahoo group that has manuals and lots of assistance from previous exploits, albeit is moribund at present ..

Also wash and change the oil in the column, whilst it's of the base will make life easier in the long run

Hopefully you have the horizontal arbour and figure of 8 arbour support ?

Is it 30int on the horizontal and 3mt on vertical ? (some are 3mt on both)

Message me if you need anything more I am not a very frequent visitor

Edited By Philip D on 04/05/2019 22:47:59

Thread: Identifying Collets
25/09/2018 22:08:10

I think after a few mins on a search engine that they are W20 Schaublin thank you Michael and Hans


Edited By Philip D on 25/09/2018 22:09:16

25/09/2018 22:02:07

Michael, it looks like they are 12mm and .125 pitch (m12 metric fine). All imperial sizes ..i wonder if they are european ?

25/09/2018 21:37:45

Not sure if the image is showing ..??

25/09/2018 21:29:52

I need assistance identifying some collets, these are off a Myford Super 7 but think the chuck is modified for the job.

The collets have what looks to be an S or a 5 with and A overlaid ??

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Thread: Brass bar , 55 mm - ?supplier
19/05/2018 23:14:29


Edited By Philip D on 19/05/2018 23:24:03

Thread: Elliot Victoria Juniormil
01/05/2018 10:14:52



30/04/2018 20:07:31

These are heavy old lumps and quite difficult shaped pieces. An engine crane and two able bodies will be vital. Some rollers as Paul suggests will make life easier.

Like Paul suggested take the vertical head off, If it's got the fibre glass cover remove this first (or you will damage it !!) I'd leave the vertical motor on as this helps with balance.

Take the handles off next or again your likely to damage them, they are keyed on but with a bit of care should come off fairly easily and the removal of the knee gib allows it to be moved away from the column. I'd remove the column door again to save damage. You can split the column from the base and if you remove the horizontal motor this involves 5 Bolts from memory.

Photograph any wiring you disconnect and take a good imperial based tool kit (Allen Keys are a must)

Great Mill and there is a Yahoo group (albeit not very active, is a good resource of relevant information)


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Edited By Philip D on 30/04/2018 20:12:39

Thread: Supplier of Small Quantities of Lubricants
28/04/2018 11:40:12

Hi Brian,

I have found that you can get some very good prices and quality at these (usual disclaimer) guys


So 5 litres of ISO68 slideway oil with postage would cost £22

I get that this isn't "branded" ie Castrol etc but for my uses it seems perfectly fine



Edited By Philip D on 28/04/2018 11:59:26

Thread: 1ph to 3ph Electrics
20/04/2018 21:05:21


That would explain it. Just be aware you need to keep the inverter out of tight spaces for airflow and pretty clean as they do attract dust/debris.


20/04/2018 20:57:46


If you have 3phase to the house why run an inverter ???



Edited By Philip Devonport on 20/04/2018 20:59:23

Thread: Adding a DRO to my mill
01/11/2017 10:22:27

Richard, single phase motors ?? horizontal and vertical.

I too have one of these machines and fitting the DRO is the next job.

Be aware that the X axis fitted to the back of the table, ideally needs to be as shallow as possible so as not to lose travel. The Y axis is tricky to fit and the Z normally ends up on the column side.

There is a Yahoo group for Elliott owners **LINK**

A photo gallery which has quite few Omnimills fitted with DRO should help with design / fitment

Thread: Metric vs Imperial - Practical or Traditional?
28/08/2017 18:05:18
Posted by Terryd on 06/12/2010 21:58:40:
Hi Dino,
(Hope you don't mind the shortening but my typing gets tired at this time of night). I'd certainly agree with you on the very small sizes but there are suppliers on the continent who will post to the UK and seem to be cheaper than here.
I think that hex head screws and bolts are very specialised and in quite small production runs. Most very small stuff seems to be cross or torx heads. I just think that we have to grit our teeth and bear it like it or not. Actually I just looked at the Bruce Engineering catalogue on the Polly site and m1.2 (about 13BA) set screws x 12 mm long are quoted as around 15p each for scale hex head rolled thread screws. I didn't think that too bad. But they're not ht. The French supplier mentioned in another thread seem to have a good range of high spec screws at reasonable prices.

Which French supplier as i can't find anything by searching the forum ??

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