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Adcock Shipley 2s milling machine

magnetic clutch

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roger kerry24/01/2022 19:21:09
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Hi all,

i have purchased an Adcock shipley 2s milling machine from a dear friend that has sadly passed away.

All i know is that Brian said "its the electro magnetic clutch"

Is there a known fault, can anyone help??

thanks Roger

Thor 🇳🇴25/01/2022 04:40:11
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Hi Roger,

Congratulations with you "new" toy. If you don't have the manual, you may be able to get one from May be this links can help with the clutch?



Clive Foster25/01/2022 10:06:30
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Many of the electromagnetic clutches used on machine tools had adjustments to set the plate gaps for proper operation. Infrequently needed so by the time it was required the book would have been long lost so folk guessed. Which rarely ended well. Generally finding the proper procedure and following it sorts them. But the plates may need a good clean first.

Coils have been known to burn out after many. many years. If so you are probably stuffed as most makers have either died or pulled out of the market. Coils are invariably encapsulated and more or less "everything proof".

Retrofitting with a modern device may be possible as may be coming up with a mechanical work around.


Chris Evans 625/01/2022 15:53:18
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I operated a 2S around 1980 when the machine was brand new. Don't remember any clutch problems but the machine was sold on after about 18 months / 2 years totally worn out. We had many Adcock Shipley machines that gave good service but the 2S must have been a rogue.

David George 125/01/2022 18:49:00
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I worked on a repair for a couch problem on one of these. It turned out to be a faulty relay. Try swapping the relays for the clutches to see if the problem moves.


roger kerry26/01/2022 18:41:53
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Thanks all.

Looks like the best thing is to firstly purchase a manual for the mill & then look into the relays & also any info regarding adjusting the clutches.

Any other info would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks Roger.

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