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E.M.E. Milling Machines
A Catalogue Set is available for all these millers
as well as for the Myford Versions of the VO-A1S
and the Emco versions of the E.M.E. 4-speed Models

Although Branded as E.M.E. these machines were either by Emco in Austria or imported from Taiwan. E.M.E. were a sub-division of the B. Elliot Group (B.E.C.) and shared the same office address at B.E.C. House, Victoria Road, London NW10 6NY with branches in Manchester and East Kilbride.
The Emco machines were unaltered from standard and appear to have included just the all-geared head, 4-speed type used by Emco as both a stand-alone machine and also attached (as an option) to their Emcomat 7, V10 and V11 lathes.  E.M.E. used the Emco nomenclature "Mentor" in their models names, this indicating (when used by Emco) a model intended for educational use - though whether E.M.E. also included the modified stands with improved electrical safety used by Emco is not known.


Branded as an EM.E. 4-speed, geared-head milling machine was manufactured by Emco.
Details of this type can be found here

E.M.E. "Turret" milling machine
Type VO-A1S. The letters "A1S" were to be found on similar machines marketed by, amongst other, Warco, Whitecote, Excel, Ajax and Myford as the VM-E, the latter with full details available on the page). Weighing around 500 kg, this was a genuinely useful model and was sold complete on a cast-iron stand. It featured a quiet-running V-belt drive head, usually with an intermediate pulley, that had (with a 1 h.p. single-phase motor) 9 speeds from 180 to 2870 r.p.m.
With three T-slots, the 180 x 760 mm table had a longitudinal travel of 460 mm, in traverse of 190 mm and vertically of around 300 mm--those these figures varied slightly from brand to brand with some offering an option table power-feed attachment.
Equipped with useful R8 taper (the same as a Bridgeport Series 1 and it's wealth of inexpensive tooling) the taper-roller bearing supported spindle had a travel of 80 mm by either a quick-action lever for drilling or a fine-feed handwheel when milling. As the whole head could be inclined both feeds were, importantly, along the spindle axis.
Supplied with each new E.M.E. version was a machine light and full coolant equipment. Electrical switches and wiring were often, but not always, replaced by ones of UK origin--the original having, according to some reports, a number of safety issues.

E.M.E. turret-head milling machine Type VO-A2F.
Identical to the machine offered by Myford as their VM-F, the VO-A2F was a heavily-built machine with a very decent specification. Built using the same cast-iron stand, box-section main column, knee and table of the belt-drive head models, this version had a number of useful refinements that made the operator's life rather easier. The ram was extended in length and able to be shifted forwards and backwards through 174 mm (6.875") - this change being made possible by a different design of head - and one that more closely resembled the type as typically used on a Bridgeport with the self-contained assembly hung from the front of the ram and with its rear-mounted motor driving forwards by a V-belt to the spindle. 5-step pulleys were used and, although not backgeared for slow speeds (as were many proper industrial-class machines of the same design) it did have a 2-speed, 3-phase 1/0.5 h.p. motor running at 1,00/1,700 r.p.m. that gave ten speeds from 160 to 2,840 r.p.m. For those with only a single-phase supply E.M.E. might have offered a 1-phase to 3-phase  inverter that gave a variable-speed drive - though as these units were changing rapidly at the time and prices falling, details of its specification were never listed.
Fitted with the popular R8 taper nose, the spindle took was able to employ the wide variety of inexpensive tooling long available for the Bridgeport Series 1. The maximum clearance between spindle nose and the inside face of the column (the throat) was 155 mm (6") - though by 2003 a 100 mm (4") raiser block was being offered that, unfortunately, had to be factory fitted.
Quill feed was by both a rapid-action lever and fine-feed to the quill, the latter working through worm-and-wheel gearing with a micrometer-dial equipped handwheel graduated with 100 divisions of 0.02 mm or 80 of 0.001". A vertical ruler scale was also fitted, marked in either 80 divisions of 1 mm or 3.5" split into 1/16ths with, to control the depth of feed, a drill-type vertical stop adjustable by the usual pair of round, knurled-edge nuts. As far as can be determined, the quills of all versions and years had the same 80 mm (3.1875") of travel.
Surface ground, the table had ways that were claimed to be hand-scraped; it was driven by Acme-form feed-screws (metric or Imperial) supported in ball races where they passed through the table's end plates and running through split nuts that could be adjusted to compensate for wear. Both metric and inch models were offered; the former with feed screws of 4 mm pitch and the latter 5 t.p.i. the micrometer dials for all three axes being graduated in, respectively, 400 divisions of 0.02 mm or 200 divisions of 0.001". The micrometer dials were of a decent diameter, finished in satin chrome and equipped with face screw locks that did not upset the reading when used. A T-slot ran along the front face of the table, to hold the two adjustable longitudinal travel stops, while gib strips were of the tapered type, with adjustment screws at both ends that allowed a precise setting of the table's free movement. Although the VO-A2F used same table as the V0-A1S, it was carried on a different saddle that carried, on its right-hand face, a motor-driven 6-speed gearbox unit that provided both table power feeds and "rapids". Feed rates were split into high and low ranges: the former at 14, 32 and 50 mm/min and the latter at 75, 158 and 256 mm/min. with the rapid rate at 1250 mm/min..



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E.M.E. Milling Machines
A Catalogue Set is available for all these millers
as well as for the Myford Versions of the VO-A1S
and the Emco versions of the E.M.E. 4-speed Models