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Holbrook 10B

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Kev Bowler16/12/2020 23:00:32
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Hello Guys.

I'm new here, Ive come across this thread while looking for a lathe.

It has to be a Holbrook, as I have many Holbrook bits and pieces laying around as Richard Anderson was my father in law (by the way, he hated being called Richard and much preferred Dick, in fact Richard just made him angry)

He was a cantankerous old git, and as tight as a fart but the best bloke I ever met, so putting any other lathe in my new workshop wouldn't be right.

Any leads to a 10B would be appreciated

Ady117/12/2020 08:36:44
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Per the OP query Holbrook lathe headstock bearings tend to run in PB bearings automatically supplied with filtered oil delivered under pressure

This assures longevity when a lot of high speed work is being done

Edited By Ady1 on 17/12/2020 08:39:16

Baz17/12/2020 09:20:01
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Ady1 except for the B8 which has steel headstock bearings front and rear and has small oil cups on the front of the headstock.

peter smith 518/12/2020 18:51:13
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In 1966, whilst at teacher training college ( Trent Park ) we were given the task compiling a treatise on the centre lathe. My school experience was Boxford ( good ) and DST ( c*** ) and at college a huge Laing , Kerry ( knackered) , Harrison with hydro copying and 3 new Bantams for which there was always a queue. Luckily I new of a factory in Harlow new Town that made lathes - Holdbrook - so I arranged a visit.

I was greeted with enthusiasm, given coffee, and escorted round by the “owner” and an old boy who new everything.

I was quite astounded by the whole visit, clean and tidy, not knee deep in swarf and mightily impressed.

They had a lathe set up to machine a large eccentric about 12” by 3” and 2” deep or thereabouts. Just imagine a serving dish. This could be internal or external and no computer in sight. All done with cams as I remember. They actually made lathes on their own manufactured lathes and I think also special milling machines.

Those were the days.


Alas that was my only visit and they closed some time later - I think became part of the Herbert group.

Andy Pugh27/10/2021 22:54:43
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A 10B has just appeared on eBay:

Comes free with an overpriced milling machine

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