Sold August 2005 Back to Archive

Myford 254 lathe with Rishton mill - stock code 2545

I bought this lathe for my own use earlier in the year whilst work was progressing on getting the big workshop up and running - I needed a single phase machine to run in the small workshop at home.

This lathe was bought new by a retired professional machinist. He equipped it comprehensively and looked after it well, it is in super condition, runs quietly and turns accurately. The complete outfit comprises:

  • Myford 254 back-geared screwcutting lathe, imperial leadscrew and dials, hardened bedways

  • Cabinet stand, mounted on isolator rubber feet

  • Low-voltage lighting

  • Chuck guard

  • Six-way indexable saddle stop

  • Large bed-mount DTI

  • 3 & 4 jaw chucks

  • Faceplate

  • Fixed steady

  • Thread indicator

  • Adaptor sleeve giving Super 7 type nose, complete with drawbar, collet closing tube, nut and 10 & 12mm Myford collets

  • Original handbook in cardboard slip case

  • New Myford quick change toolpost with standard, boring bar and parting blade toolholders

  • Tailstock Jacobs chuck

  • Tailstock centre

  • Adjustable offset tailstock centre for taper turning

  • One litre each of Myford 80024 (Esso Nuto H32), 80025 (Esso Febis K68) and 80026 (Esso Nuray 100) oil

  • 2MT Slitting saw arbor and saws

  • 2MT flycutter

  • Angle plate

  • Centre finder set

In addition, the machine is fitted with:

  • Myford-Rishton VM mill, 6-speed 130-2000rpm

  • Milling vice

  • T-slotted boring table

Basically, all the machinery you need to build yourself a locomotive or traction engine.

The entire machine is single phase, factory wired with safety interlocks to belt and chuck guard. There are a set of castors which bolt to the stand for transport, the all-up weight is around 8 hundredweight. Footprint is little larger than a Super 7, for my money the larger capacity (4 3/4 inch centre height rather than 3 1/2) and host of "industrial lathe" features including the stainless leadscrew cover, taper roller spindle bearings and hardened ways, make for a considerably more capable machine (and yes, I have used both, for many hours!).