By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
Forum sponsored by:
Forum sponsored by Allendale Jan 24th

Lathe info

All Topics | Latest Posts

Search for:  in Thread Title in  
Grizzly Wicks17/03/2019 23:45:26
1 forum posts
5 photos

Bought this lathe a while ago but it came with very little information I don't know much about lathes but would love some help on the brand/type/modelimg_20190317_232126.jpgimg_20190317_232114.jpgimg_20190317_232057.jpgimg_20190317_232047.jpgimg_20190317_232015.jpg

JohnF18/03/2019 10:14:52
1091 forum posts
164 photos

Grizzly, It looks vaguely like an old Harrison that was used as an odd job lathe by all and sundry in the factory I worked in in the early 1960's went for scrap eventually. I'm surprised there is no name on it or at least a name plate.

Might help if you say your location - which side of the pond ? looks like UK ?

Whats on the plate on the headstock? Are there any numbers on the machine, where did it come from ?

Bazyle18/03/2019 10:30:53
5988 forum posts
220 photos

Is this the one posted last month on another forum with a history indicating possible Eastern Block origins?

Howard Lewis18/03/2019 11:13:40
5224 forum posts
13 photos

Looks a bit neglected at the moment. But if it is not badly worn could be a useful machine.

The electrics control box is British. The leadscrew appears to have a fairly fine pitch

Looks to have power feed on both axes. Presumably change of feed rate or thread pitch is by changewheels rather than gearbox. If it is Eastern bloc, the Leadscrew and other threads will be Metric. If British or US, a machine of such vintage the threads and Leadscrew are more likely to be Imperial. Do the dial graduations give any clue?

Have you had a look at possibles on the lathes UK website?


MalcB18/03/2019 12:57:34
257 forum posts
31 photos

I had one very similar and a good lathe indeed.

Pretty sure Its a very early ( 1940/50,s Colchester Master ).


You may find details on or google early images.


Edited By MalcB on 18/03/2019 13:12:30

Martin Hamilton 118/03/2019 13:18:01
186 forum posts

They have this lathe pictured on as a Colchester Master circa 1930 - 1939.

AdrianR19/03/2019 08:30:21
540 forum posts
36 photos

If someone fancies a project there is one of these lathes on ebay for £150

Former Member19/03/2019 08:38:58
1329 forum posts

[This posting has been removed]

Phil Whitley19/03/2019 14:06:58
1367 forum posts
147 photos

Yes, I thought it was an early Colchester, the sliding/surfacing slots on the apron, and the headstock controls are the giveaway!¬

All Topics | Latest Posts

Please login to post a reply.

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
walker midge
JD Metals
rapid Direct
Eccentric July 5 2018
Eccentric Engineering
Subscription Offer

Latest "For Sale" Ads
Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest