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Bulova Bench-mounted Surface Grinder


Little known and seldom found, the Bulova was a rather larger and heavier example of a niche-market machine tool, the bench-mounted surface grinder. Other known makes and models include, from America, the lovely little Sanford (also copied and sold as Harvey "Butterfly"), the Builders Iron Foundry and (better known for their cylindrical grinders) the Grenby, this being used as the basis for the Australian Macson. In England the Herbert Company offered, in pre-WW2 years, their "Ball-bearing Bench Surface & Die Grinder" (and later a floor-mounted hand-operated model) and EXE their very fine bench machine. . A French Company, Lipemec, produced the beautiful LIP 515, this having the same capacity as the Sanford SG-48 at 8" x 4" (200 x 100 mm), a somewhat similar base, saddle and table but with a completely different, double-column upright to carry the grinding head - the solid steel bars being hardened, ground and protected by bellows. In recent years a version of the "Grenby-Macson" has been produced in China and sold under various brand names including Harbor Freight and Tormach.  The Tormach, manufactured to a higher level of accuracy and finish is, today, available with automatic feeds and has travels of 6 by 12 inches - those for the hand-feed Grenby being unknown.
Presumably from the Swiss watchmaking company Bulova, the example shown below (though hardly in the "miniature" class) is obviously of high quality, superbly constructed and well sealed against in ingress of grinding dust to its working parts.



Bulova Bench-mounted Surface Grinder
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