Harrison 10-AA Lathe

This is the story of how I ended up owning a Harrison 10-AA Lathe.

I purchased the machine trough an eBay auction. The listing was what I would call very poor, with a grainy, dark picture and no real description as of the condition of the machine. With that, the interest for the machine was rather small. It was also a big risk, as the condition could not be determined by the pictures in the listing. With the machine being in Connecticut, I wasn’t interested in driving all the way there to have a look and inspect the machine either. So I decided to roll the dice, and risk some money, knowing very well, that I might be buying a heap of rust and crud. But if the price is right, I felt it’s worth the gamble.

After the auction ended, I was a proud owner of Harrison lathe for the price of $600.-

When I arrived at the sellers shop to pick up the machine, and walk up to it, I felt my heart sink. What have I done? This looks awful!

Then, I started to look at the machine a bit closer. It was filthy! Covered in thick layer of crud, but hardly any rust. Well, there might be a lathe underneath after all.

This is a picture of the lathe, still on the trailer as I got it home:

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I spent the next few weeks scrubbing and cleaning. I disassembled some of the bigger parts to gain access.

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There was a lathe under all that crud after all.

The lathe put back together:

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I fabricated a splash guard, as the original one was missing. An Aloris BXA size quick change tool post was also mounted.

The lathe in its final position, ready to do work.

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I feel very lucky to have scored a very nice lathe for very little money.

For more information and the history of these lathes, see: www.lathes.co.uk/chipmaster/


Thank you very much for visiting the shop.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.




  1. You are braver than me for sure, but you certainly did good on your purchase. Nice job on the cleanup / fix. looks to be heavy duty, too.


  2. when I went to check the machine the variable speed didnt work, the handle was spending free

    turn on but I wasn’t able to change speed.

    so I don’t know how much may worth.

    HAve you had this problem before?


    1. No, I didn’t have that problem. I was lucky and the variator worked on my machine.
      It’s sounds the machine you are looking at needs work, the question is how much work. It’s also hard to say if the variator can be saved or if a retrofit to a VFD would be in order.


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