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.


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