Clarkson Mark 1 Tool and Cutter Grinder

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CONTENTS OF THIS PAGE (dd-mm-yy) - GALLERY 6
22-12-13 Manchester
06-07-13 Leicester
27-05-13 Yorkshire
22-03-13 Wirral
18-12-13 Darwen
03-07-13 Leeds
21-05-13 Ferry Hill
17-03-13 BW Machines
07-12-13 G and M Tools
22-06-13 Shipton on Stour
18-05-13 Bristol
06-02-13 Solihull
07-12-13 Premier Machine Tools
22-06-13 Birmingham
03-05-13 1st Machinery
31-01-13 Worcester
17-11-13 Home Shop Machinists
19-06-13 Sheffield
26-04-13 Brentwood
07-01-13 Shefford
27-08-13 Taunton
19-06-13 Dereham
16-04-13 Colchester
03-01-13 lathes.co.uk
16-08-13 Salisbury
07-06-13 Twickenham
11-04-13 Home And Workshop

16-08-13 Cramlington
01-06-13 Denbigh
11-04-13 Home And Workshop

17-07-13 Nottingham
27-05-13 Coventry
28-03-13 Crewe





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↓ (22-12-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Manchester.

 

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↓ (18-12-13) This was up for sale for 1200 pounds, located in Darwen.

 

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↓ (07-12-13) This was for sale on the GandMTools website.

 

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↓ (07-12-13) This up for sale for 590 pounds on the Premier Machine website.
It was described as:-
These are 5 axis machines and with the correct spindle adapter which can be made easily surface grinding can be carried out and with the easily made adaptation it is possible to cylindrical grind on these machines as well.
It has rise and fall wheel head, swivel table with 'X' and 'Y' axis.
The table seen in the photo's was constructed out of wood by the instructor at the college and is included.
It has 2 instruction manuals, spare wheels, tooth rest bracket, centre brackets, universal workhead which as the standard holder and also a cleverly adapted extra sleeve with a 3 morse taper & 6 collets are included
.The motor is a dual voltage 240/415 volt 3 phase 1/2 h.p so can be used with the inexpensive range of inverters on 240 volt single phase supply.
Overall dimensions are 28" wide x 37" deep x 53" high and the weight is estimated at about 250kg.
This grinder will easily and quickly split into 3 parts for ease of loading into a smaller vehicle or for safe pallet shipment.

 

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↓ (17-11-13) This was for sale on the HSM website, for 600 dollars.

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↓ (27-08-13) This sold on ebay for 230 pounds, located in Taunton.

 

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↓ (16-08-13) This sold on ebay for 480 pounds, located in Salisbury.

 

It was described as:-
The machine is 3 phase but with a standard foot mounted motor it would be easy to convert to single phase. Motor is 1/2HP.
Comes with various accessories as shown in the pictures and an original manual.
Principal accessories are the workhead (with cutter size reducer bushes in metric and imperial sizes), centres, lathe tool holder, guards and various tooth rests. Also a selection of wheels, mostly unused.
The centres, which are green rather than grey, would appear to be from a different machine as the locating tenons are narrower. I never bothered to modify them, just pushed them against one face of the slot in the table before tightening.
Machine is in good working order and cosmetically tidy.
Collection preferred, ideally with cash in hand. It probably weighs 100-120 kg and could be laid down in the boot of an estate car.
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↓ (16-08-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Cramlington.
Serial Number = 7713

 

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↓ (17-07-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Nottingham.

 

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↓ (06-07-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Leicester.

 

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↓ (03-07-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Leeds.

 

There is a motor and pulley arrangement that drives the holder in the Universal Head, something like a tool post grinder arrangement.
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Note the home made stop that is attached to the pedestal base. I presume the stop is used to index the rotating Clarkson table. There is a screw to facilitate fine adjustment to the stop. I like that idea.
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There are a couple of spare pulleys for the home made tool post grinder arrangement.
The Center Bracket needs a proper locking screw and handle made for it, which is a simple job to do.
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↓ (22-06-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Shipton-on-Stour.

 

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↓ (22-06-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Birmingham.
I do not think it sold. The Buy It Now price was 1150 pounds.

 

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↓ (19-06-13) This sold for 550 pounds on ebay, located in Sheffield.
Serial Number = 13247

This machine was for sale on 12-05-16, located in Lancaster

The rather emotive text below, written by the seller, containing such gems as 'My plea to you all', and 'You are lucky to be reading this' made me laugh. Is he serious!

It was described as:-
"BACKGROUND
Clarkson Tool & Cutter Grinders are probably the best tool grinders in the world starting with the bench model 2 "T"slots and a 19" bed, then the Mk1 as we know it, modifications were made through evolution to produce the MK2 and then more improvements to the MK3.
The changes from the MK1 to MK2 were in the main cosmetic, knobs with dials, however with the exception of the more wider stand the upper casting were the same. It was made 2 speed with a 3/4HP motor and had a few optional extras that fitted both machines. Could these these few minor changes warrant the huge increase in cost that the second Hand MK2 machines command, I will let you be the judge of that. More background information is available on www.lathes.co.uk.
These beautiful machines have been exported around the world and even been re-badged, I saw one as a Sharp & Brown. The sad part is they are now getting scarce and most of the ones in good condition MK1 or MK2 are being exported to China, yes China. Whether its for their own use or with the view of copying them and flooding the market with clones, who knows. There is a Company in South Yorkshire who buy second hand machines if they buy any reasonable Clarkson Grinders they notify a contact who purchases them immediatley and then exports them.
My plea to all of you who appreciate good machines is to help stop this drain of good British engineering to the far east, if you need to use a tool and cutter grinder the Clarkson is notibly the best so buy yourself one whilst we have some left.
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You are all very lucky to be reading this, I need the space that this machine is taking up so I am offering you my pride and joy, I can honestly say there will never ever be a Clarkson Tool & Cutter Grinder on ebay or any machine auctions in the same pristine condition as this, ever!
In terms of what each machine can do MK1 V MK2, not much difference, the MK2 dosen't grind any better or faster than my machine, well it may go faster but only if you change the drive belt and all the ones I have come accross, the speed has never been changed. Equal so far.
Please checkout the other Clarkson MK1s and 2s you may be suprised at the lack of quality and the price they are asking.
I offer you a late model MK1 Clarkson Tool and Cutter Grinder No 13247 that came out of a school and due to the safety aspects with children had little use. It was only used by the technicians as and when required. It is not known how much tooling it might have had but these machines are used for many diverse and different grinding operations so other than the Universal Tool holder and a variety of tool rest holders thats all it comes with. I will give you a copy of the MK1 & MK2 Operators Handbook which contains explicit drawings of all the tool fixtures that was available for this machine, most are simple by design and can be readilly manufactured from stock steel. I will also give you a disc with all tool and cutter manuals on it.
Specialist attachments like my saw blade attachment which is only shown for illustration purposes can be purchased through Excell Tools near Coventry. The centres that you see with some Clarkson Grinders can easily be manufactured cheaply or a simillar type purchased through RDG Tools (Vertex adjustable Centres). A deluxe type of universal tool holder for grinding endmills etc can be purchased through MSC along with grinding wheels etc. Check out their website catalogue.
The bid you are thinking of placing is for a professionally refurbished machine, (have a good look at the rack and pinion and bedways they are vertually in mint condition) with a single phase brand new motor 0.75 HP fitted (as per MK2) brand new drive belt and bolted to a pallet ready for delivery, eager to start work either as a hobby or to earn an income re-grinding endmills etc or saw blades.
The Machine comes with:
* A selection of grinding wheels, green grit, diamond cup + 3mm and 1 x 1mm thick.
* Not included is the saw blade grinding fixture!
SUMMARY
In summary, if you have got this far you are at least tempted to bid on this surperb piece of our Heritage a MK1 Tool & Cutter Grinder, or just curious. You have seen the rest now buy the best and help stop these exports to the far east.
Sadly it has to go as the space it is occupying is much needed, but it will not go to China.
It can be delivered by courier at a cost of 60-80 pounds dependant on post code. It can also be fully and easily dismantled and put in a large estate car or van, assistance is available to help with dismantling and loading.
I will not accept haglers or offers, it will run its natual course and the lucky winner will not only have a collectable piece of heritage , and at the end of the day they will still have a valuable gem to sell on. Just think you could be just a few clicks away from owning what could become valuable and rare piece of history!
Good luck with your bidding, please remember, work out any costs involved in collecting before you bid. If you bid, you bid to buy. Paypal is a preferred method of payment but cash may be paid on collection.
If you have any genuine question regarding the item or to see it running or viewing please contact me through the ebay message service.

 

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It looks like he has 'gone in' and traversed the surface with an endmill or something, to create the engine turned finish?
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↓ (19-06-13) This sold for ?pounds on ebay, located in Dereham.

 

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↓ (07-06-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Twickenham.
The buyer got in touch with me, and the machine now resides in sunny Yorkshire.
It was described as :-
"Available because of workshop closure.
Clarkson Mk. 1 tool & cutter grinder. Rarely, this one has the tool cabinet containing what are believed to be all the accessories as listed in the manual plus other useful bits.
The manual is that supplied by March Eng.
The motor is 3 phase but standard and easily changed."

 

↓ Note the reducer on the dust extractor hood.
The bolt on the rise and fall has been replaced by a handy wheel, that does not require a spanner.
The Clarkson name plate is missing.
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↓ Here is a nice selection of homemade bushes to hold various sizes of work.
On the right you can see a Clarkson locking collar that has had a handle fitted, presumably to aid in rotating a tool holder.
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↓ There is a nice view of the extension spindle, 2nd in from the left.
The part on the left is normally seen with the Radius Grinding Attachment.
The inner holes in the parallel tool holders, that accept the adapter bushes, let the air escape when a close fitting bush is inserted.
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↓ The seller mentions 'the tool cabinet', but I do not think it was supplied by Clarkson as I have not come across any mention of this equipment before.
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↓ (01-06-13) These parts were for sale on ebay, located in Denbigh.

 

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↓ (27-05-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Coventry.
It was described as 'in need of TLC'.

 

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↓ (27-05-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Yorkshire.
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↓ (21-05-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Ferry Hill.
Serial Number = 13350

 

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↓ (18-05-13) This sold on ebay for 350 pounds, located in Bristol.
A lot of the basic tooling is there.
The rack feed handle looks like a replacement.
The Universal Head does not look like a Clarkson.

 

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↓ (03-05-13) This was for sale on the 1st Machinery website

Serial Number = 13388 (at a guess)
It is a later machine by Clarkson International Tools Ltd.

 

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↓ (26-04-13) This sold for 213 pounds on Ebay, located in Brentwood.

 

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↓ (16-04-13) This sold for 155 pounds on Ebay, located in Colchester.
Serial Number = 5792
It was described as:-
" Clarkson Tool and Cutter Grinding Machine, probably circa 1960's machine.
Follow this link to see the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLzAouE9rh0
Has been converted to single phase.
Wheel bearings in good condition.
All slides and movements in good working order.
1 pair of Centres.
2 Work Heads with Sleeves - x1 = 1" Inch Diameter Bore, x1= 1 1/4" Diameter Bore.
No.5 Morse Taper Bore.
4 Cup Grinding wheels.
2 Dish Grinding wheels.
Some odds and ends.
Oak Cabinet included.
Full working order - Bought as seen."

 

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↓ (11-04-13) This was for sale for 625 pounds on the homeandworkshop website.
It was described as ready to grind.

 

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↓ (11-04-13) This was for sale for 425 pounds on the homeandworkshop website.
It was described as 'as is'.

 

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↓ (28-03-13) This was for sale on ebay, located in Crewe.
It was described as :-"
"Here we have a clarkson cutter grinder. all exactly as you see it, together with belts, guards etc, but no there are no grindstones.
THIS MACHINE HAS NO MOTOR, but adding one is entirely straightforward. machine can therefore be made to run on 240 volt if you wish.
I do not know what voltage the machine was originally. the machine has stood unused for a number of years.
There is no damage. all the slides, screws etc work as they should, with no discernable play or slop. no rust.
Very little to do to make this into a really good functional machine.

 

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↓ The end of the belt guard has been chopped off. What a shame.
Note the low voltage switch gear for the lamp.
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↓ There is a home made tool holder, but no Universal Head.
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↓ Only the top belt is required.
The tee piece is for electrical conduit.
There is what looks like a non standard grinding wheel guard on the left.
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You bolt that is used to lock the rise and fall of the Head is non standard, and can be locked/unlocked with any small round bar of the correct size.
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↓ (22-03-13) This was for sale on ebay with an asking price of 250 pounds, located in Wirral.
It did not sell.
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↓ (17-03-13) This was for sale from BwMachines, price on application.
There is a custom made tool holder on the table. The tool bit is secured in left hand end of the shaft, and the knurling on the right is held when rotating the shaft.
The are Centre Brackets with Centres, and a couple of Bushes, on the pallet.
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↓ (06-02-13) This was for sale on ebay with an asking price of 250 pounds, located in Solihull.
It did not sell.
It was described as:- ''Perfect working order but I have not used it for 2 years so some surface rust from damp garage.''

 

It is a shame it got so rusty.
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↓ (31-01-13) This sold for 270 pounds on ebay, located Worcester.

 

Update 04-05-15 ... Arnold Bryan contacted me. He bought this machine and restored it to its former glory.
Click here to see his superb refurb job

 

It was described as:- ''With Tool Pot and Some Collets, 3 Phase, Sold as Seen - No Returns''

 

The belt and guard are not in the picture.
The pulley looks like it has a fixing screw hole drilled right on the running surface? The pulley does not look right at all.
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↓ (07-01-13) This sold for 510 pounds on ebay, located in Shefford.
It was described as :-
This tool and cutter grinder is in full working order. It works as a tool and cutter grinder however the light is not wired up so does not operate. Full set of Imperial collets are included and a couple of chucks (see pictures) and there are 4 grinding wheels also. The t&c grinder is run using 3 phase. Approx. size is 4 foot high by 3 foot by 18 inches. Not sure of the weight but could be lifted into a van by 2-3 blokes (or lifted with our small fork lift if required).

 

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↓ (03-01-13) This was for sales on the lathes.co.uk website for 550 pounds.
It was described as :-
Complete with a number of useful accessories, adapters and cutter-holding bushes, makers literature and in full working order.

 

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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
There are more pictures in Gallery 9 -2016





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