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Photo of man at lathe

dek carr

gone but not forgotten
If you look to the right of his right hand there is one of the finished articles looks like some sort of cog or gear linkage.Dek
 

dwilly

master brummie
Can just make out the name "Churchill" on the machine, who I believe still manufacture cutting machines

"For over 100 years, the Churchill Machine Tool Company Ltd has been the world leader in the field of Precision Grinding Machines.


From our base in the Northwest of England we have served the United Kingdom, Europe and the World since 1906. As well as supplying new Precision Grinding Machines to customer's specific requirements, we specialise in the Installation, Service, Repair and Overhaul of Machine Tools."
 

Arkrite

master brummie
I operated a Polish made " Poreba " 2 metre centre lathe. A chap came for a job and I enquired if he was aquainted with a similar lathe. He said he had operated identitical lathes badged as Churchill.
In another part of the factory I worked on old centre lathes made as Churchill Denham. Some of the stuff should have been in museums. The eastern bloc became the only place to buy new Heavy Machining Equipment. The electronic kit you attatched to it was either British or Japanese and cost about 4 times the cost of the lathe.
I enjoyed being a machinist but cannot say i miss it all that much.
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
The man is working on an external grinding m/c, gear teeth are made on a gear grinding m/c, i repaired and adjusted many m/c`s, lathes, gear cutters, internal & external grinding machines including computer controled when employed as a Machine Tool Fitter. Len.
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
A Churchill Grinding Machine circa 1947, bottom right under Churchill it says "WAR FINISH" so the castings had not been smoothed and were painted battleship gray because machines were needed as soon as possible to replace the machine tools destroyed during WW2. Len.
 

Arkrite

master brummie
Where I worked they were still using those "War Finish " machines in 2007. Well built machines that lasted well if looked after. ( Mind you we had a "Somua" lathe dated 1914, part of WW1 war reparations).
 
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