Boxford Belt-drive Lathe Manual as a comprehensive Technical Data Pack. A complete, high-quality 222-page publication for all models of belt-drive Boxford lathe from earliest to last.
In 1946 "Denford Machine Tools" began production of precision products branded "Box-Ford". In 1952 Mr. Denford sold out the Box-Ford part of his enterprise to T.S. Harrison & Sons Ltd. Well made, strongly built and capable of sustained hard work the original belt-drive Boxford lathe has long been a favourite with not only amateur and professional engineers but also schools and colleges where many thousands were installed during the 1950s and 1960s. By the 1970s Boxford had started to introduce a number of CNC lathes and milling machines, a path that they follow to this day.
Manuals and Catalogues
BOXFORD 4.5" Precision Plain-turning lathe. Unfortunately no manual was ever issued for this lathe but an interesting Sales and Technical Specification Catalogue is available. 6 pages (plus 6 pages of enlarged pictures from the catalogue). NOTE: This is not the backgeared and screwcutting Boxford but the rare precision plain-turning type shown here: http://www.lathes.co.uk/boxfordprecision/
Boxford (Denford) Precision 3-inch Bench Lathe & Bench Capstan Lathe. Sales & Technical Specification Sheets circa 1945/6. 4 pages including a price and specification list and advance information for the 4.5-inch lathes.
BOXFORD Machine Tools: a Special Catalogue Data Pack of all products that shows the conventional machine tools made by the Company. Spans from the very early 1940s 3-inch Precision Lathes and Rear-drive models to the later Underdrive types and the final Geared-head versions.
BOXFORD Drills (also branded Union) - all types, bench and pillar and accessories.
Three Sales and Technical Specifcation Catalogues. 12 pages
Boxford (then Denford) 3-inch Precision lathe. No manual was ever issued but we can supply: a reproduction of the large work's engineering drawing that shows the entire machine and countershaft - less the parts dimensions and copies of the Bench Lathe & Bench Capstan Lathe 4-page Sales & Technical Specification Sheets circa 1945/6
BOXFORD geared-head Lathes 250IS, 280, 280IS, 280T, 289, 330IS, 330TR, STS 10.20, TF 10.20, TH 10.20, TR.11.30 330, TS 10.20 etc. Instruction & Maintenance Manual and a very clear Exploded Components Parts Manual with an electrical schematic. Includes copies of several detailed advertising catalogues that give the full (and complex) specification of the various models and show all the accessories ever offered.
BOXFORD 125 TCL SERIES Computer Lathe. Operator's Instruction Manual including
complete Computer Tutorial. Includes a copy of the User's Guide for the Archimedes Advanced Draughting System - and the software discs.
Boxford 160 TCL Series Computer Lathe. Operator's Instruction Manual including complete Computer Tutorial, Mechanical Maintenance and Fault-finding Guides, Parts as sectional Drawings and electrical Schematic.
Boxford 190-VMC Vertical Machining Centre (190-VMC Vertical MiIller) Operator's Instruction Manual including complete Computer Tutorial, Mechanical Maintenance and Fault-finding Guides, Parts as Sectional Drawings and Electrical Schematic.
Boxford 260 VMC Vertical Machining Centre. Operator's Instruction Manual for version using BBC Computer Software.
Boxford 280 Turnmaster CNC Lathe. Programming Manual FANUC OT.
Boxford with Fanuc Series O-CT, OO-TC and O-Mate TC Operator's Manual with Parameter Listings.
Boxford ACL (Advanced Computer lathe). Programming Manual.
Boxford VM30 Vertical Miller. Operating and Maintenance Manual with Electrical Schematic (slender but useful) and a copy of the maker's Sales and Specification and Specification and Accessories Literature.
Boxford (often badged "Union") G200 Tool and Cutter Grinder. Instruction Manual. Also includes a copy of the detailed sales, Technical Specification & Accessories Catalogue. This Tool and Cutter Grinder can be seen here
BOXFORD SHAPERS. A data pack consisting of: the Operator's Manual for the Boxford 8-inch and Models 200 & S200 together with a copy of "How to Run a Metal Working Shaper" - the detailed and well-illustrated manual for the shaper on which the Boxford model was based, the South Bend. Also included are all four Boxford Sales & Technical Specification Catalogues: Edition 1: 8-inch High-speed shaper (2 pages). Edition 2 : 8-inch High-speed shaper (2 pages). Edition 3: Model 200 Shaper 2-pages. Edition 4: Model S200 - and two price lists.
Brook Crompton Electric Motor: Type MB4 Disc Brake Instruction sheet (unit as fitted to Boxford VSL and other lathe).
DoAll Model 8 Tool and Cutter Grinder (a re-badged Boxford G200). Instruction Manual and Parts Manual as Sectional Drawings.
Meca-Lux - this was a Boxford 250, 280, 280TR, ST10.20, 10.20, 11.20, 11.30, 330, 280TR (also badged as the Mecha-Lux), etc. Instruction and Maintenance Manual and Exploded components Parts Manual. Includes copies of several detailed advertising catalogues that give the full specification of the various models and show all the accessories.
Purcell (South Bend Copy). By far the best Manual for this lathe is the one produced by Denford Tools for the original Boxford lathe. A few mechanical details are different but the operating procedures are identical. It contains a complete 136-page set of information for all models of belt-drive Boxford lathe from the earliest to the last made.
SHAPER WORK - Work on the Shaping machine - a complete, highly detailed and well-illustrated 333-page book on how to use and get the best from any shaper. Titled: "For Beginners in Machine Shop Practice" it features a larger machine - but the methods and principles involved apply to all makes and types. This is the very best manual on shaper work ever published. A very heavy publication, bound in two volumes and printed on a heavy, high-quality 120g paper
Union Tool and Cutter Grinder (Often badged Boxford G200 - the new model). Instruction Manual. This Tool and Cutter Grinder can be seen here
Union Tool and Cutter Grinder (Often badged Boxford G200). Parts Manual as Sectional Drawings. This tool and cutter Grinder can be seen here
UNION (also badged Harrison & Boxford) Tool & Cutter Grinder (this is not the G200 but an early version on traditional lines). Sales, Technical Specification & Accessories Catalogue. 4 pages (Details of this tool & cutter grinder can be found here)
For Sale & Wanted
For Sale: Boxford STS 10.20 geared-head lathe 5.27” x 20” (132 mm x 500 mm) with an induction-hardened bed and a D-3” spindle nose. Mounted on the maker’s cabinet stand with a full-length splash-back with locking cupboard storage.
Changewheels (and metric-to-inch and inch-to-metric transposing gears) to fit Boxford and other South Bend 9-inch Clones (e.g. Ace, Hercus, Purcell, Smart...
Boxford and South Bend 100/127t inch to metric screwcutting transposing gear
A ring to repair a broken "bull wheel" on the main spindle of all Boxford belt-drive lathes except the Model VSL
Boxford Tumble-reverse gears from Serial No. 11-13513 - the introduction of the Mk.2 Models with a single lever on the top of the headstock to engage the backgears. The tumble...