My Dad used to have an engineering workshop that included things like lathes, milling machines, drilling machines and the like. After he passed away we sold his workshop equipment at Mum’s request. I wish I’d kept his green Myford lathe, but I wasn’t ready for one at the time.

Myford Super 7 Lathe

I’ve needed various bits making over the last few years, both for my motorcycles and my radios. Almost always round bits. Now I have the 1930 Matchless Silver Arrow, many parts will be difficult to find…making them will be the only option.

In the past, a couple of friends have helped me out by either making the parts I needed or letting me use their lathes. The chap I bought the Silver Arrow from had recently taken delivery of a used Myford Lathe from Station Road Steam…he builds steam engines and has some old bikes. I thought ‘okay, it’s time I had one too’…so a few weeks later one turned up on their website for sale. It’s now in my workshop.

They were an easy company to deal with and delivery was quick and inexpensive.

It took me a while to get the third drawer down open, as a box in the drawer was sticking up and stopping it opening. There’s a great selection of tooling with the lathe and I’m looking forward to playing with it. There is an excellent after market book on the lathe available here from Myford directly; it is cheaper on eBay if you want to save a few pounds.

At some point, I’ll be looking for a small bench-top milling machine for small parts.