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:
I spent the next few weeks scrubbing and cleaning. I disassembled some of the bigger parts to gain access.
There was a lathe under all that crud after all.
The lathe put back together:
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.
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.