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Rohan Bigham10/01/2021 19:18:45
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I have recently got a lathe milling combination machine, it is a BBMTCO MOD. BB22/3 it has a serial number written on it in pen by the previous owner which is 94266 and made in 1994 apparently. It was sold to the previous owner by a Spanish company called Aslak. I have contacted Aslak directly and they said they don't have any manual for it all.

I was wondering whether anyone could help with this, I have had a pretty thorough google and couldn't find the manual for it anywhere.

I am pretty sure that the mill is an extra attachment but not 100% sure on that.

I have an album of images of the machine



Gavlar11/01/2021 12:39:13
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Lathe looks to me (from memory) to be the same as a Warco 918 or Chester 920, presumably sold in other guises as well. Better chance someone will have a manual for one of those.

mgnbuk11/01/2021 13:36:42
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I would say that is a much heavier machine than a 918/920.

The milling head is reminiscent of the Chester Champion milling machine & I'm pretty certain that the ex-Champion table feed gearbox I have fitted on my FB2 clone that came from a Chester open day is badged BBMTCO.

While I don't recall Chester selling that combination machine, it may be worth contacting them if they did have contacts with BBMTCO.

Nigel B.

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seems like it may refer to the same machine & the original poster seems to have a manual.

Edited By mgnbuk on 11/01/2021 13:44:39

Lathejack11/01/2021 15:01:23
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I do remember Chester Machine Tools selling that lathe and mill combination, probably at least 25 years ago. They also offered the lathe and mill separately.

The milling head and column is from the old 4 speed belt drive Chester Champion mill, as Nigel B suggests.

The lathe is the same as the old Chester Champion lathe, with its belt drive and deep bed casting formed with a single V and single flat guidway both shared by the saddle and tailstock. I think the centre height was around 4 or maybe 4 1/2 inches, not certain coz it was a long time ago.

I think the lathe was discontinued by Chester long before the Champion milling machine complete with milling table was. These much earlier Champion machines are not related to any of the current Champion named machines offered by Chester.

Edited By Lathejack on 11/01/2021 15:05:34

Rohan Bigham11/01/2021 15:32:59
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Thank you all for your responses its really helpful and certainly pointing me in the right direction. With regards to spare parts would you reckon contacting Chester Machine Tools would be the best bet?


Lathejack11/01/2021 17:48:21
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Yes I would say Chester may be the best chance of spares for those two machines in the UK, although the lathe was discontinued a long time ago. They offered that Champion milling machine for many years, although it was once offered by Warco for a time, Warco called it the ZX15. I am not sure when Chester discontinued that milling machine.

In the UK I can only recall Chester offering the old Champion lathe, at the time it was priced at around £600 if I remember correctly.

Edited By Lathejack on 11/01/2021 17:52:24

Edited By Lathejack on 11/01/2021 17:55:46

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