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"Brenco" Lathe - Australia
Other Australian-built lathes: Advance, Burden,
Clisby, Great Scott & Conrik, Hercus, A.E.Herbert, Premo, Qualos,
Macson, Mars, Nuttall, Parkanson, Purcell, Rolfe, Sheraton,
Tillico, T.N.C.  Veem


Probably manufactured during the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Brenco lathe was advertised as a 23/8" centre height machine suitable for the model engineer . However, with the chrome plating on the handwheels looking to be original, the lathe might have been built at any time between the early 1930s (when chrome first became cheaply and commercially available) and the mid 1950s. Retailed through at least one mainstream machinery dealer, H.P. Gregory, of Sydney, although labelled "Brenco" it is not known for certain if this was the manufacturer, an importer or other agent.. However, the same company, originally of  Footscray, Victoria, Australia (an industrial area noted for machine-tool building), may exist today - with very brief details of their history available here.
. Of approximately 2.125-inch centre height, and 10 inches between centres, the lathe was designed along lines not dissimilar to early Portass models with a hand-turned, over-hung V-thread leadscrew driving a simple carriage topped by a single swivelling toolslide. However, for such a simple lathe, both the headstock and tailstock casting (the latter looking like a Buck Rogers death-ray pistol) were unusually heavy. The top of the V-edged bed, instead of having separate front and back ways, was machined as a continuous surface - like that on the Myford ML10 and the rather better-class Hardinge HLV....
Headstock bearings were the simple split parallel type, closed down by screws at the back, and a 3-step pulley was fitted for drive by a round rope.
If any reader has more information about "Brenco" machine tools or the early days of the company, the writer would be interested to hear from you.


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"Brenco" Lathe - Australia
Other Australian-built lathes: Advance, Burden,
Clisby, Great Scott & Conrik, Hercus, A.E.Herbert, Premo, Qualos,
Macson, Mars, Nuttall, Parkanson, Purcell, Rolfe, Sheraton,
Tillico, T.N.C.  Veem