The lathe is an old Herbert Flashcap Capstan Lathe. It had the home workshop treatment in that the air chuck and fittings have been removed, plates made for 4 jaw independent, 3 jaw self centering and manual collect chucks. A Variable speed inverter drive which provides spindle speeds from a few rpm to 3000 rpm with its 3 HP motor.
The Top slide screw has been replaced, the one and a
quarter pitch thread was hard to work with, so this is now
an 8 TPI screw.
A similar treatment was done to the main carriage lead screw, again going for an 8 TPI thread.
Although originally meant for brass work, with the
spindle speeds and HP, it is just at home with steel and
Carbide Insert tooling, a good basic workhorse.
This is my Champion Mill. It has a MT 3 spindle and 1/2 Hp motor. Speed range is in 4 steps from 400 to 1640 rpm. At a weight of 300lbs, it is not a heavy machine, that is until you have to move it?
The lack of a key way on the vertical column will mean loss of register if I have to move the head up and down, but in a similar way to the Dore Westbury mill, has full head rotation of 360 degrees around the column and 90 degrees tilt in relation to the table. This can allow some very weird milling profiles with standard cutters.
Harrison Horizontal or Vertical Mill
This is a very useful basic machine. With both horizontal arbor and vertical head, it means that the Mill can do plenty of "Standard operations".
The horizontal speed range goes from 40 to 1000 rpm and
cutters ranging from 2 to 5 inch dia, 1/8 inch to 5 inch
in length. The speed range is stepped up on the
Welding TIG MIG & MMA
Other equipment includes RTech units with TIG, MIG and