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Michael Garbutt 121/04/2019 19:25:07
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Can any one point me in the direction of the company that regrinds lathe bed in Halifax . im sure there was one ?

Peter G. Shaw21/04/2019 19:44:36
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There used to be a firm known as Keighley Grinders but that's long since closed. Suggest a look on Google which throws up a number of firms.

Michael Garbutt 122/04/2019 11:25:09
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iv looked on google and cant find it for the life of me

Mike Poole22/04/2019 11:30:44
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R Skinner Slideway grinding are in Halifax, apart from finding them on google I know nothing about them.

if you google slideway grinding you may get better results than lathe bed.


Michael Garbutt 122/04/2019 12:36:00
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so frustrating as i know there was a place but cant find it

Tony Pratt 122/04/2019 14:26:07
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Try a google search of 'slideway grinding services'


mgnbuk23/04/2019 08:16:46
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R Skinner Slideway grinding are in Halifax

Not for a long time. Bob Skinner sold out to Bob Pickles IIRC over 10 years ago - the Shay Lane address is where Bob Pickles operated from after Bob Skinner's machines were relocated (Bob Skinner chose to sell up & retire when he had to move from his rented premises). As far as I have been able to ascertain, I don't think Bob Pickles is trading any more either.

Bob Skinner was the primary regrinder we used at my previous employment (CNC machine tool rebuild & retrofit) & I had the pleasure of working with him to solve some "interesting" problems that came up from time to time. He set the highest standards & was extremely tenacious in getting to the bottom of problems. He delighted in getting me to work out solutions & set-ups when there were problems, gently prompting or offering advice, but making me work things out - it was always a pleasure to work with him. IIRC he had been the planing shop foreman at Butler Machine Tools in Halifax before starting up on his own. At the time he was served notice to leave the premises (the landlord wanted to do other things with the building) he was not far short of retirement age & had had health problems, hence selling the business.

I can only recall using Bob Pickles once after he took over from Bob Skinner & visited his premises on Shay Lane to discuss our requirements. IIRC he only took one or two of Bob Skinner's 3 planers & was a sole trader. He offered additional services like applying & pre-machining anti-friction coatings (Turcite etc.) to minimise fitting time. The job he did at that time was also to a high standard. I can't find any current information about this business from local sources.

Nigel B

Mike Poole23/04/2019 08:40:33
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It looks as though once again the information on the internet is not up to date, a good update and background on Skinners from Nigel. You will have to keep hunting Michael.


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