Thread: Haighton Major
Tucked away amongst the junk in the workshop where I found the fourth Major, I found what must be, for me, the find of the year :)
I've been searching the web for over a year now just trying to find a picture of this thing.
It is no less than the Haighton supplied Victoria universal dividing head and Haighton manufactured gear casing.
It allows the machine to cut spiral, helix gears etc. etc. by rotating the work piece as the table moves.
There's probably less than a dozen of these around and one turns up in my home town - amazing!
Annoyingly, someone has sawn a 4 " square chuck out of the corner of the backing plate, but I should be able to weld a piece in to fix it up.
Out of the blue (green?) this even came and email from Tom in Ireland telling me of his friend with Haighton Major serial number 0007. This is the earliest one known so far probably from late '53 or early '54.
I await pictures ....
As many of you will know, I've been collating the history of Richard Haighton Ltd.
I've recently acquired a Cadet lathe (in need of TLC) and thought it would be worth starting a Yahoo group to help keep these fine little machine going.
Any one with an interest is welcome to join:
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