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Victoria (Excel) Grinding Machines

Manufactured by the Victoria machine Tool Company of Victoria Road in Willesden, London N.W.10. the "Excel" range of grinding machines was current from the very late 1940s until the late 1960s. "Excel" branding was used by the controlling B. Elliott Machinery Group - whose companies included Victoria, Cardiff, Progress, Invicta, Snow and others - to market a number of their lathes, specialised tool and jig millers, miniature jig-borers-cum-drillers, small jig borers, precision filing & sawing machines, tool & cutter and surface grinders & other machine tools from the 1930s until the 1960s. The name tended to indicated that the various products so labelled would be of better-than-average quality - and usually directed towards a specialised segment of the market.
While competiting firms such as Jones and Shipman in Leicester and Churchill in Manchester offered a vast range of types, those branded Excel were limited in variety being restricted  to one semi-universal and a number of  surface types. However, though small, the range was of excellent quality with users reporting smooth-running machines of high accuracy and great reliability.
While the standard surface grinders, the models No. 2 and the 3 Series had been phased out by the early 1960s, the vertical spindle No. 1 and the No. 5 tool and cutter continued to the end of that decade - the No. 1 being slightly modified and re-listed as the Elliott 5-10. In place of the older Excel models, Elliot bought in more up-to-date machines - probably imported from Spain - the Models
20 x 8,  8/18, 6040 and the UK-manufactured Burdett 24 x 8 and 24 x 12.

Excel No. 1 Vertical Spindle grinder

Excel No. 2 Surface Grinder

Excel No. 3/12 Surface Grinder

Excel No. 3A Surface Grinder

Excel No. 5 Tool & Cutter Grinder

Excel No. 3C Surface Grinder

Excel-branded BCA Mini Jig Borer

Excel-branded No. 1 Jig Borer
 
Excel Home Page


Manuals are available for many Excel machine tools

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Victoria (Excel) No. 0 Semi-universal Grinder



Excel No. 1 Vertical Spindle grinder

Excel No. 2 Surface Grinder

Excel No. 3/12 Surface Grinder

Excel No. 3A Surface Grinder

Excel No. 5 Tool & Cutter Grinder

Excel No. 3C Surface Grinder

Excel-branded BCA Mini Jig Borer

Excel-branded No. 1 Jig Borer
 
Excel Home Page

Manuals are available for many Excel machine tools

Victoria (Excel) Grinding Machines
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