Excel Precision Lathe Excel Die Miller
An Instruction Manual is available for these machines
Of an unusual but ingenious design, this version of the early Excel miniature jig borer is extremely rare, the only other example found by the writer being with other interesting machine tools in the tumble-down remains of a "Little Mester's" knife-making workshop just off West Street in Sheffield, England during the early 1970s.
In most other respects, like the standard model, this version used an entirely different top section to the main column - the head mounted on a massive rotating boss able to be swivelled though 90░ each side of vertical. The ordinary V-belt drive system, with a motor at the back and an intermediate pulley was retained - but, due to the tilting arrangement, it was not possible to incorporate the cable-and-wire suspended counterbalance weight within the column.
On the example shown below - found in a drab, Army olive green with identification numbers stencilled in - the manufacturer made a mistake; instead of the Excel being name onto the face of the machine, on the inside face of the throat, this was then ground this away and filler applied over it. However, as the head half-covers the name, a lazy workman destroyed only the lower section, leaving the upper half intactů..