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Steviegtr29/11/2020 13:37:48
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That is a Myford ML7 i believe. It has the reversing switch . It does not have a quick change gearbox.

Those numbers do not come up with anything. See link to myford serial No site. The number you need is usually on the front left of the main bed below the chuck. Or on older machines it is at the the rear right on the bed. Below the tail stock. They fetch strong money for a good one. Look on ebay there are many for sale. Some ask stupid money / But you should get over £1000 . Especially if it has extras with it.

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Howard Lewis29/11/2020 13:39:59
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Rushing in where angels fear to tread, to me, it looks like a ML7 with a clutch, sitting on riser blocks on a Myford stand.


Roderick Jenkins29/11/2020 13:41:49
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The lathe is Myford ML7. The number you have quoted is not the lathe serial number but probably the motor number which was not necessarily supplied with the lathe when new. The lathe number is stamped on the back of the bed on the right hand side ( behind the tail stock in your picture). All you could ever need to know, including a guide to the age of the lathe from the serial number is available at this link **LINK**

Hope this helps,


Edit : Blimey no answer after after 3 hours and 3 of us compose an answer in the same 3 minutes!

Edited By Roderick Jenkins on 29/11/2020 13:44:40

Steviegtr29/11/2020 13:44:05
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To add it is fairly old because it has the early type clutch The No's you are looking for will start with a K.


Speedy Builder529/11/2020 14:53:41
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Not wishing to doubt Angela's knowledge of machine tools, but perhaps one of you jolly good fellows could find a good photo of a serial number on an ML7 and post it here as Angela may not know what a lathe bed or tail stock are.


Pete Rimmer29/11/2020 15:25:59
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Posted by Angela Smith 10 on 29/11/2020 10:47:04:

Hi, I'm trying to help my Mum sell my Dad's old Myford Lathe but have been struggling to identify it. The number Mum has written down from the Lathe which I presume is the model number is VSB544SR3B175BG. Please can someone help me to identify it? Sorry I've tried to add a picture, but couldn't get it to upload. Any help would be most appreciated, thank you.


As people have said it's a Myford ML7. It looks to be a nicely kept example on the cabinet so should attract the higher end of the price range for it's age and type. It's an older model so it's value does depend on the condition and the number of accessories that come with it. There seems to be some items in the cabinet and depending on what they are could add significantly to it's worth.

If you could take better photos, perhaps close the curtains and use flash or supplement the lighting. Get a good photo of what's inside the cabinet or even perhaps spread it about on the mat and take a photo of it all there. That would help you get a decent appraisal and perhaps a good idea on price. Definitely don't use that photo for a sale advert if you hope to attract decent offers - it just doesn't show enough detail to tempt people.

All the best


T.B29/11/2020 16:13:15
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As other have said , its a Myford ML7

It also has a clutch which is quite desireable , this was an additional extra on the ML7 and they only ever offered one type of clutch for the ML7

I would also say it appears to be a relatively late model unless parts have been changed , I say this because it has the later type ML7 tailstock and later type apron more similar to a Super 7 apron.

Grizzly bear29/11/2020 18:23:10
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Where in the world are you?

Don't give your exact location, just a clue will do.

Good luck,


P.S., Nice carpet too!

Edited By Grizzly bear on 29/11/2020 18:24:48

john fletcher 129/11/2020 18:24:36
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You haven't given any indication of your location, but if you did, you may find a Model engineering club close by, who would give you some help as to the value of the workshop contents and clearly identify the model of the lathe. John.

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Howard Lewis30/11/2020 15:44:56
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A local Model Engineering Club will be likely to help by identifying accessories, and other items, and possibly give an estimate of price. Some Clubs have a "For Sale" section on their website, (Peterborough certainly do ) which may help.

Once you have prices sorted out, you could advertise on the "For Sale" section of the Forum, or in the "Classifieds" in M E W.

A dealer may give you a price for everything, but needing to make a profit, could be less than you would get from private sales.



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Martin Dowing03/12/2020 20:46:54
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You are presenting electric motor serial number and other data, not lathe serial number.

They are not related.

You will find your lathe serial number stamped on the far right vertical surface of the bed.

Look on those 2 nice long shiny flat surfaces, and then look in far right corner of the lathe on vertical surface 1/2 inch wide and perpendicular to this nice, flat shiny one.

That is where lathe serial number is going to be stamped.

It will begin with letter K followed usually by 5 or 6 digits.



You are a woman, don't go to dealer. They will most likely screw you up much more than car service would assuming your total lack of knowledge about subject. Your lathe has some nice features selling at high premium. I can notice a clutch for example.

You should really try to find symphatetic model engineer who will help you to get a decent money for your machine, unless you simply want to get rid of it and don't care how much you are paid.

It also pays to sell certain accessories separately, not everything in one big lot.

Edited By Martin Dowing on 03/12/2020 20:56:44

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