Clarkson Mark 1 Tool and Cutter Grinder

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CONTENTS OF THIS PAGE (dd-mm-yy) - GALLERY 5
17-12-12 Wakefield
18-10-12 Andswell
07-08-12 Belper
25-04-12 Sunderland
17-12-12 Boston
16-10-12 Barlick
25-07-12 Sevenoaks
15-04-12 Bradford
17-12-12 Tamworth
16-10-12 Derby
24-07-12 Stourport on Severn
14-04-12 Home and Workshop Machinery
03-12-12 Premier Machine Tools
16-10-12 Home And Workshop
17-07-12 Stroud
14-04-12 PP Auctions
30-11-12 unknown
16-10-12 Quebec
08-07-12 Brighouse
13-04-12 Willington
29-11-12 Bedworth
16-10-12 Worcester
27-06-12 Ross On Wye
14-02-12 Ledham
26-11-12 St.Albans
16-10-12 Willenhall
23-06-12 Cheshire
12-02-12 Bowland Trading
18-11-12 Wokingham
16-10-12 Thuringen
03-06-12 Stoke
25-01-12 Poole
18-11-12 Doncaster
16-10-12 Barlick
01-05-12 Purleigh
21-01-12 Verwood
12-11-12 Quillstar
06-10-12 Batley
20-05-12 Gloucester
14-01-12 Nottingham
25-10-12 Cwmbran
18-09-12 Harlow
08-05-12 Quebec
14-01-12 Stoke
22-10-12 Halifax
13-09-12 Ravenshead
03-05-12 Walsall

22-10-12 Newark
13-08-12 Yorkshire
26-04-12 Ammanford





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↓ (17-12-12) This was for sale on ebay, located in Wakefield.
It was described as :- ''I am sadly forced to sell my Clarkson MK1 grinding machine which has been converted to 240volt and comes with loads of original collets and attachments and also a wide range of wheels for both steel and carbide etc. Absolutley no wear on table and has been well looked after for the last 15 years''.
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↓ (17-12-12) This was for sale on ebay, buy it now for 625 pounds, located in Boston.
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↓ (17-12-12) This sold on ebay for 281 pounds, located in Tamworth.
There is some wear in the feed screw and nut, otherwise good.
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↓ (03-12-12) This was on the PremierMachineTools website.
It was described as an 'Interesting Tool and Cutter Grinder, loosely based on a Clarkson machine. Swivel base is Clarkson, needs a clean up.'

The Clarkson swivel base is fixed to a drip tray that has a run off spout at the front. The drip tray maybe plastic.
The motor and spindle are mounted on the narrow vertical column. The column is bolted to the Clarkson swivel base.
The cap start motor drives the spindle via a drive belt. The height of the spindle can be adjusted by the handle shown at the top of the picture; the handle turns the lead screws that passes down to the left of the spindle housing. The handle is probably rigidly fixed to the top of the column, and the motor and spindle bracket maybe free to ride up and down the column (maybe).
There is a non standard work head on the Clarkson table.
The Clarkson cross feed handle is broken. The grinding wheel looks like a thin wheel for an angle grinder. There is no wheel guard.
They said it sold for 180 pounds.
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↓ (30-11-12) I found this interesting picture of a dismantled Clarkson, taken by a proud owner in 2005.
That is basically how I got my machine home. I had to get help lifting the pedestal out of the hatchback.
The table at the bottom of the picture is secured to the pedestal by the 3 longer bolts.
The head assembly in the middle of the picture is secured to the table by the 3 shortest bolts.
The swivel table at the top of the picture is secured to the table by the single middle-sized bolt.
This machine has the Extension Spindle.
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↓ (29-11-12) This machine sold for 400 pounds on ebay, located in Bedworth.
It is fully working and just needs a bit of TLC to bring it to pristine condition.
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↓ (26-11-12) This machine sold for 411 pounds on ebay, located in St. Albans.
Serial Number = 8611
It was described as follows:
"Lots of accessories. Original 3 phase motor wired in DELTA mode for 240V 3 phase via an inverter and separate switchgear (not included). Other additions include:- Table has additional angle scale - see detail photo. Table feed has graduated friction dial (0.001" graduations). Motor repositioned to make the machine more compact and fitted with new poly vee belt drive. Accessories include:- Pair of centres Workhead assembly Sliding sleeve Long Sliding mandrel 6 additional workhead bushes - various diameters 3 toothrests"

 

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↓ The serial number looks like it is 8611.
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↓ The motor has been raised and brought inboard. Quite a few owners do this as it reduces the footprint of the machine. Then it leaves a problem with the belt guard.
It looks like the original motor cross bar fixings have been used.
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↓ The screw head that protrudes from the outer left of the motor mounting looks like it is used to alter the position of the motor frame to adjust the drive belt tension; and is used in conjunction with the lower pivot bolts that attach the new motor mounting bars to the Clarkson.
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↓ Curiously the two lower bolts that secure the spindle assembly are not fully screwed home?
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↓ There is a 0.001" graduated friction dial on the cross feed.
You can see the two new nice looking poly vee pulleys that replace the Clarkson crowned pulleys.
The original Clarkson Belt Guard can be seen in the lower right of the picture.
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↓ The table has an additional angle scale.
The original gib screws have been replaced with plain studding.
The cross slide leadscrew looks like it may have been replaced with a finer screw.
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↓ The machine comes with a nice set of tooling.
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↓ (18-11-12) This good looking machine sold for 467 pounds on ebay, located in Wokingham
Serial Number = 2074
It was described as follows: "Clarkson Universal tool and cutter grinder in excellent condition.
Fully overhauled 2 years ago with brand new 1/2 Hp 240V Compton Parkinson motor fitted.
Comes complete with photocopy of Clarkson manual / User guide.
Halogen machine lamp.
Wheel dresser / finger stand.
2 cup wheels Please note the diamond cup wheel shown on the machine is NOT included.
Pair of centres, not original but made to fit the machine from Purefoy with hardened and ground tool steel centres.
Universal head with a selection of cutter adapters, some original and extra non standard ones.
Ideal for grinding key seaters / slot drills, endmills etc.
I have also have done carbide tipped circular saw blades, chisels, plane blades and using the centres and a bit of ingenuity some simple cylindrical grinding.
A truly universal tool and ideal for the machine shop or model maker.
Collection preferred but could deliver within 50 mile radius of RG40 3HS for 1 pound per mile.
Fairly easy to dismantle and hence would fit in an estate car OK."

 

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↓ There is a large circular plate behind the grinding wheel. Is this some kind of adapter that is fitted over the Clarkson spindle thread?
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↓ The two very fine looking centres are not Clarkson.
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↓ The motor is new. The four mounting lugs and two cross bars, that the motor is secured to, are original.
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↓ (18-11-12) This sold for 185 pounds on ebay, located in Doncaster.
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↓ (12-11-12) This was for sale on the Quillstar website for 625 pounds.
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↓ The Universal Head and Bracket on the machine is not Clarkson. The original Clarkson Head and Bracket are present in the box below.
The bracket is made from a piece of angle and a shaped flat piece of metal.
This Universal Head is made from a square block. There is an indexing feature that is used to position the sleeve that holds the workpiece.
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↓ (25-10-12) This was for sale on ebay, located in Cwmbran.
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↓ (22-10-12) This was for sale on ebay, located in Halifax.
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↓ (22-10-12) This sold on ebay for 211 pounds, located in Newark.
Serial Number = 10181
The motor is not shown in the pictures but apparently it is present.
It has had light use and is in good working order.

A V-pulley has been fitted on the spindle, to replace the standard Clarkson crowned pulley that takes a flat belt.
The belt guard is missing.
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↓ The square void in the pedestal suggests the switch gear is not present.
The lamp and wheel guard are missing.
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↓ Note the wing nut that is used to secure the rack handle. That is a good idea as it allows the handle to be quickly repositioned; a lot quicker than using an allen key.
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↓ (18-10-12) This sold on ebay for 510 pounds, located in Andswell.
It comes with lots of tooling and fixtures including micrometer tooth rest and can be dismantled in 10 mins into 4 manageable pieces.

↓ There is no belt guard.
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↓ There appears to be a large steel section located between the standard top and bottom tables. This section carries some indexing features. The handle with the blue knob looks like it operates a custom built positioning/indexing rack. The red handle (off a Gate Valve) is used to operate the Clarkson rack (?).
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↓ (16-10-12) I found this Clarkson on the oneguyfrombarlick.co.uk website
The lovely looking machine is shown in its natural habitat.
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↓ (16-10-12) This was advertised on the lathes.co.uk website for 650 pounds, maybe located in Derby.
It was part of a home workshop clearance.
The Belt Guard fixings have been replaced with wing nuts. The Gib screws have been replaced.
The spindle for the table feed handle has been considerably extended. There are other machines in the Gallery that have the same idea.
The Accessories look like they are new and maybe a recent purchase.
An emergency stop switch has been fitted, but I can't see the point of it. Maybe it is not fixed and can be positioned conveniently on the floor.
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↓ (16-10-12) This machine was for sale on the homeandworkshop website for 575 pounds.
The wheel guard looks like it has been made out of a fan cowl off an electric motor.
The work light is missing. A Gib screw is missing. One of the centres is missing a Tee Bolt. These things can be dealt with very easily.
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↓ (16-10-12) This machine was for sale on the raymondrobert.com website, located in Quebec.
Serial Number = 12778.
A DPTLGA was included in the sale.
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↓ (16-10-12) This machine sold on the Dovebid website, located in Worcester.
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↓ (16-10-12) This machine sold on the Dovebid website, located in Willenhall.
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↓ (16-10-12) This machine was for sale for 590 Euros, located in Thuringen, Germany.
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↓ (16-10-12) I found this Clarkson on the oneguyfrombarlick.co.uk website
The lovely looking machine is shown in its natural habitat.
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↓ (06-10-12) This sold for 510 pounds on ebay, located in Batley.
It was described as :
"For sale is a Clarkson tool and cutter grinder which is surplus to requirements. In very good working order having had very little use by me. I bought it to sharpen milling cutters when I had a horizontal milling machine. I sold the miller last year so have no need of it now. It has a single phase 1/3 HP motor fitted so will run off any 13amp socket. There is a good quantity of useful tooling with it as shown in the photos. It has a pair of centres and a universal head with a no.3 morse taper adapter. It has a white silicon carbide wheel fitted as shown in the photos and this is included. I believe it came from a school or college originally so will only have had light use throughout its life. There is a photocopy of the original operators manual with it also. The dolly it is mounted on is not included. It is only fitted to move it around and will be removed before the sale is ended."

 

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↓ The motor is 1/3 HP single phase.
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↓ The work light is not original.
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↓ The tooth rests are made out of old hacksaw blades, as recommended in the Clarkson manual.
There is a handy box spanner and diamond dresser.
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↓ (18-09-12) This was for sale on ebay with a buy it now price of 345 pounds, located in Harlow.
The photo makes it look worse than it really is.
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↓ (13-09-12) This was for sale on ebay and sold for 215 pounds, located in Ravenshead.
I think the tooling was sold separately.
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↓ (13-08-12) This was for sale on ebay, located in West Yorkshire.
It was described as :
"Clarkson Cutter Grinder MK1. In good condition, 3 phase, but easy to convert to single phase. Universal Tool holder, No 4 Morse. Tool holder sleeve for bushes. New centers and casting, other brackets are new. 1 tool holder bush. Lo Volt lighting and spare grinding wheels. Complete with operating manual."

 

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↓ (07-08-12) This sold for 185 pounds on ebay, located in Belper/Matlock.
It was described as :
In very good un-abused condition, a must for anyone wanting to get the best out of their lathe and milling cutter tools as this machine will enable you to re-grind your tools with ease and precision time after time. Solidly built, with heavy castings to absorb vibration and provide a rigid structure to support the grinding wheel. It has consistently proved to be an accurate and reliable workhorse in both production and tool room situations and was used by Clarkson themselves in their own factory for the finish grinding of their well known and respected milling cutters.
Rear mounted 3 phase 1/2 H.P. 2800 rpm motor giving a maximum wheel speed of 4000 rpm. This could easily be run from an inverter or swap the motor for single phase.

 

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↓ (25-07-12) This was advertised as a 'Clarkson' on ebay and sold for 255 pounds, located in Sevenoaks.
It is a Stent Tool and Cutter Grinder.
The only thing Clarkson is the manual.

 

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↓ (24-07-12) This machine was for sale on ebay, located in Stourport on Severn.

 

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↓ (17-07-12) This machine sold for 386 pounds on ebay, located in Stroud.
It was described as:
With Single Phase variable speed motor 0 to very fast.
Motor Drive with 4 Arbors, drive belts, 2 x 3 Jaw Chucks, Diamond Dresser, Centers, spacers etc.
Good condition for its age.
It is shown in an idyllic garden setting.

 

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↓ (08-07-12) This machine was seen on ebay, gumtree, preloved, and some other sites, for 250/350/395 pounds, located in Brighouse/Cleakheaton.
The rack handle has been remade and looks a neat job.
It has recently been stripped and repainted.
If you look closely, there are two repainted machines here.
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↓ (27-06-12) This machine was up for sale on ebay, located in Ross On Wye.
It did not sell.
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↓ (23-06-12) This machine was in a Cotrill & Co auction, located in Cheshire.
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↓ (03-06-12) This machine was up for sale for 285 pounds on ebay, located in Stoke.
The machine did not sell.
The top table was not attached for some reason.
A spare sub-table was included in the sale.
The spindle for the table feed handle has been considerably extended. There is another machine further down this page that has the same idea.

 

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↓ (01-05-12) This machine was for sale by Apex Auctions, located in Purleigh.

Serial Number = 12301

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↓ (20-05-12) This machine sold on Ebay for 126 pounds, located in Gloucester.
The owner sold the equipment separately.
It was described as 'Not the usual worn out cutter grinder that you see. This is in excellent condition, work table bedways have been scraped and set up with new gib strips, work table has no marks or gauges in it. Machine does come with a spindle nose extension and one cbn wheel. Machine is three phase. These machines do break into threee major parts and will fit into a small family hatchback Clio, Nova Fiesta etc.'
The Extension Spindle is non standard.
There is no hard and fast rules to the prices for the machine and the tooling. The machine went for 126 pounds, the Universal Head went for 123 pounds, the Centres for 118 pounds, and the Tooth Rest for 56 pounds. The total for the machine and all the tooling was 423 pounds, which is reasonable.

 

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↓ This Tooth Rest sold for 56 pounds.
This looks like the Tooth Rest Bracket for Spiral Cutters 91103.
The shaft has been made offset.
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↓ This Universal Head and Tooth Rest sold for 123 pounds.
There is a Gewefa ER32 Collet Chuck mounted in the sleeve.
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↓ This pair of Centres sold for 118 pounds.
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↓ (08-05-12) This machine was seen for sale in Quebec.
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↓ (03-05-12) This machine was for sale in Walsall.
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↓ (26-04-12) This machine was for sale on Ebay, located in Ammanford.
This is a nice looking machine. The paint work is good.
Just when you think you have seen them all then this one turns up. The trolley on the base of the pedestal is a great idea and very neatly done. That's really useful for moving the machine around the shop.
The thread on the end of the grinding wheel spindle does not look like the normal 1/2 inch left hand bsf; and the thread is not long enough. Also, the form of the shaft end behind the threaded portion is definitely different. Maybe it is an adapter fitted over the end of the original shaft, or maybe it has had a rebuild?
There is also a grease nipple on the spindle housing that I do not recall seeing before. I have always assumed that threaded hole was to hold the wheel guard bracket (but maybe I am wrong).

 

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↓ (25-04-12) This machine sold for 177 pounds on Ebay, located in Sunderland.
There is a neat homemade Work Holder on the table that looks like it will do the job.
The nut securing the grinding wheel looks like it is only on by a couple of threads.

 

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↓ (15-04-12) This machine sold for 155 pounds on Ebay, located in Bradford.
3 phase, some surface rust and an unmarked table.
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↓ (14-04-12) This was for sale on the Home and Workshop Machinery site for 625 pounds plus vat.
There is no nameplate and the table handle looks familiar. I think this machine is the one that was for sale by '1st Machinery' on 02-10-10. You can see this machine in Gallery 2 at 02-10-10. Gallery 2
Note the handle to lock the rise and fall, and the three neat holes in the top table to accomodate homemade accessories.

 

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↓ Here the Clarkson is behind a surface grinder.
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↓ (14-04-12) Seen on the ppauctions website.
The spindle for the table feed handle has been considerably extended. That is not a bad idea as very often I find myself having to reposition the handle on the spindle because it crashes into the table.
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↓ (13-04-12) This machine was for sale on Ebay, located in Willington, Derbyshire.
Some of the accessories are home made, including two of the sleeves.
The machine is Single phase 240V and in good working condition.
In the universal head is an ER32 Collet chuck.
The raise and fall has a handle added but this can be removed if you wished to go back to original.

 

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↓ (14-02-12) This was for sale on ebay for a starting bid of 200 pounds, located in Ledham.
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↓ (12-02-12) These machines were being sold on ebay by Bowland Trading, located in Darwen.
These are unusual.
This incomplete machine was being sold for spares or repairs - 250 pounds
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This had a buy it now price of 600 pounds
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This had a buy it now price of 600 pounds
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These two machines are used as edge grinders - buy it now price 600 pounds
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↓ (25-01-12) This was for sale on ebay for 250 pounds, located in Poole Dorset.
The cross slide handle has been repaired.
One of the centres is missing a tee bolt.
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↓ (21-01-12) This was for sale on ebay, located in Verwood Dorset.
The starting bid was 299 pounds and it went unsold.
It is 3 phase 440 volt.
There is no worklight.
The motor mounting brackets have been replaced with longer ones, maybe to accomodate a longer belt, or accomodate a smaller motor.
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↓ (14-01-12) This sold on ebay for 295 pounds, located in Nottingham.
This one has certainly been put together with bits off 6 or more different machines.
The Universal Head has been modified as there is an extra securing bolt between the 2 standard tapped holes.
One of the centers has suffered severe damage to the casting.
The badge is missing.
It comes with the Universal Head, an arbour for grinding side and face cutters, and a pair of centres.
It is 3 phase 440 volt
The top table has been machined to remove any marks and was described as in excellent condition. However, there is damage to one corner of the top table.
The centres require a pair of tee bolts.
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↓ (14-01-12) This sold on ebay for 100 pounds, located in Stoke.
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There are more pictures in Gallery 1 - start
There are more pictures in Gallery 2 - 2009
There are more pictures in Gallery 3 - 2010
There are more pictures in Gallery 4 - 2011
There are more pictures in Gallery 5 - 2012 ***
There are more pictures in Gallery 6 - 2013
There are more pictures in Gallery 7 - 2014
There are more pictures in Gallery 8 - 2015
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