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Ajax, formed in 1939 and based in West Mount, Halifax, Yorkshire was begun one George Carter and Donald Walker. The name for their new machine-tool company came from H.M.S. Ajax, the Royal Navy battle cruiser that had been adopted by the town.
Original products, not doubt insisted upon by the Ministry of Supply during WW2, included a variety of drilling and milling machines needed urgently for war work By 1950 a new public company,
Ada Domestic Appliances had been  incorporated and acquired the whole of the issued share capital of the original Ajax company. With a new machine-tool factory built and equipped at Holmfield, Halifax, the West Mount premises were used for the production of the rather less exciting though no doubt profitable washing and ironing machines. In 1953 Ajax became a Limited Liability Company and, following considerable success in machine-tool sales, was acquired in 1958 by the Dutch Electronics Group, Philips International. By the 1960s the Company had changed direction and become, as well as a manufacturer, a well-known importer and distributors of a wide range of what might be described as well-constructed but less expensive industrial machine tools.  Items factored included milling machines ranging from simple hand-operated horizontal types through a number of popular Bridgeport Series 1 clones to ordinary but massively-built vertical and horizontal types. Slotting machines, shapers, metal saws, lathes drills and doubled-ended grinders were also offered in a wide variety of models, styles and sizes..
In 1979 the Compnay moved to new premises in Bredbury, Stockport and became part of the CEI Group, within their specialist engineering sector - a subsequent sale transferring assets to Graseby Plc. In 1992 the Company was transferred back into private ownership following a management buyout from the Graseby Group. By October 2001 the company was in new hands, having been taken over by the Viking Group - who counted amongst their acquisitions Startrite bandsaw and drilling machines. Now based in Birminham, in  November 2002 the company was taken over by its current owner Mr Savin, (who relocated it to Hampshire), to be joined in March 2005 by the long-established Southampton-based machine tool dealership Semco Machine Tools ( Southern Engineering & Machinery Co.) The Company trades successfully to this day.
Operation Manuals and Parts Lists are available for many older Ajax machines

Ajax AJT.2 Mk. 1 Spanish-built vertical miller. Easily recognised by two parallel rows of 4 push-buttons controls on its front face, the first vertical head used was only listed for 2 years before being replaced by the simplified and much-improved Mk. 2. Fitted with either a Bridgeport type R8 or an ISO 30 socket the spindle had 5" of travel under the control of both a fine-feed handwheel and a quick-action drilling lever and was also fitted power feed that gave 3 rates of  0.0015, 0.003 and 0.006" per revolution Driven by a 2 h.p. 3-phase motor and equipped with a toothed-belt driven reduction mechanism, the head had 8 speeds: 49, 85, 145, 260, 450, 780, 1330 and 2400 r.p.m.
A single table was listed of 48" x 9" with 35.5" on longitudinal travel, 16" in traverse and 16" vertically. Power-feed to the table was an optional extra (though all examples found so far have it fitted) that had 12 rates from 1/"" to 7.5" per rev.. The maximum distance between spindle nose and table was 18.5", the full clearance between spindle axis and the inner face of the column was 30.5" and the minimum 5.1"

Ajax Mk. 2 AJT1, AJT2 and AJT3 Turret Milling machines. Identical to the Mk. 1 in respect of the main column and table the Mk. 2 version had a much-improved and easier-to-operate vertical head that lacked the distinctive row of 6 push-buttons controls on the front face. At the same time a number of larger models were introduced, all the same apart from table size these were Spanish-built and based closely on the Bridgeport Series 1. Later models had safer, full-circle handwheels

Ajax AJT1, AJT2 and AJT3--left-hand view

Ajax AJT4--a larger turret miller with a particularly heavy knee. An even bigger version the AJT5 was also offered

Ajax AJT4--left-hand view

Ajax 2A "Universal" milling machine with a swing table

Ajax 2RH--the 2A fitted with a powered ram head

Ajax 4A and 4RH horizontal milling machine

Ajax AJ7 and AJ8 horizontal. These were very neat, popular machines of which several thousand must have been sold. The motor was mounted neatly inside the cabinet base and drove up to the spindle using V-belts. An even larger version, the AJ9 was also listed.

Ajax 3V and 4V vertical milling machine

Ajax 3V and 4V vertical milling machine

An earlier model from the 1950s - the Ajax Cleveland No 2 and No. 3. Note the Cincinnati-Type dial controls for speeds and feeds

Ajax Cleveland No. 4 horizontal milling machine

Ajax Cleveland No. 4L horizontal milling machine

Ajax Cleveland No. 5 Horizontal milling machine

Ajax AJRH 1800 and AJRH 2000 fitted with the powered ram head

Ajax AJRH 1800 and AJRH 2000

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AJAX Milling Machines
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Operation, Maintenance and Spare Parts Manuals
are available for many Ajax machines