And could be said for any manual machine tool manufacture. A Southbend lathe is not exactly relative to todays industry nor are 80's Deckel's but we do have a place for them. If I want to buy or sell an item relative to a manufacture I can post in a relative forum, or if I want to expedite a search I also do that by starting in a relative forum. I do not believe my asking the question is unreasonable. Just saying... Antiques and History is way to broad a category and really gives you no indication that British Iron belongs. But hey if you want to modify the title of the forum to include British machines at least it tells us where is the most relative place to post or do research on this particular brand or make of machine.Hard ~
While I see the OPs point, IMO the best place is Antiques and History, .............. especially as we haven't had a British machine tool industry for eons.
I have been here a while and have not seen a lot of discussion of British machinery. Every now and again there is a post or two, but it's not common by any means. The General section or the Antique Machinery section are probably your best bet.
“ Myford “ lathes are for model makers basically. They work wonders with them. There’s no real comparison with an “ Hardinge “. “ Myford “ grinding machines ? That’s another story entirely.Difference is, the hardinge *is* the better machine. Myfords are best at being the best overpriced atlas lathes loved, well by owners of myford lathes.
“ Brooks Motors “ had a satellite factory in the town where I live years ago. I can’t recall where the main factory was, Huddersfield maybe ?I found some serious design flaws on the apron power feed
on my round head Colchester 17" lathe. It has been a real
adventure to restore. Also the power switch and brake linkage
was a joke, that also required engineering. The shift levers on
the top of the headstock were allowing partial gear engagement.
The quick change box is made as part of the bed, as well as the
leadscrew and feed rod bearing block. Must have been a challenge
to machine. So many odd things on this machine that I figure are
distinctly British. It has a really great motor, a Brooks, and it has
through the rotor cooling passages. Cool design. But a dedicated
British built forum would serve to bring together all these oddities
that only are present in British design. It sounds like a fair idea.
So, apart from that, what was actually wrong with them?They hadn’t a redeeming feature Sami. They were really low to the ground, all the hand wheels felt ” spongy “ with no real feel, the nut on the cross slide was made from plastic, the hydraulic drive was ok when new but soon developed annoying faults like refusing to stop when put in the stop position. Try miking a large shaft that is slowly revolving ! Any real problems with the hydraulics and you would have had to lift the whole lathe with the overhead crane and work underneath it ! You had to drag the tailstock up and down the bed with a piss poor fixture on the saddle that was forever getting torn off because there was no interlock. The feed lever had a habit of jamming in under a heavy cut so you had to stamp on it to get it to dis-engage. Luckily the lever was a shin height !
I was installing a medium sized lathe of theirs years ago were my pal had already done the concrete foundation. He’d worked from the foundation drawing that B & B had sent over from Brighouse. The concrete was about two feet deep with the holding down bolt holes nicely pre cast in the foundation.So, apart from that, what was actually wrong with them?