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Rishton Milling Machines & Attachments

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Rishton are an English company who make a variety of engineering products; in the immediate past their range included a number of small but high-quality vertical-milling machines. Like the very similar Emco heads, all were based around the same design of a vertical column with the head running up and down on a locating keyway, a considerable improvement on the cheap, imported machines of a similar type - but which have no head location at all. The last two manual machines in the range, both manufactured in the early 1990s, were the variable-speed drive VM601 - with a 615 mm x 150 mm table, a pivoting head and a 2MT taper in the spindle - and the "Promill", a smaller machine also with a variable-speed drive.
By far the most common model appears to be the VM60, the head and column of which was supplied for mounting on lathes of various makes All Rishton millers had both a quick-action drill feed to the quill as well as a fine feed to the head, so making them ideal for the model engineer who could both mill and drill on one setting without having to disturb the workpiece.
Today the Company is owned by HME Technology, specialists in the secondary education market, who use Rishton to make products for
Union and Clarendon brands, for which they have the trading rights. The VM miller has been developed into a CNC machine, while a small CNC Router, in 3 versions, is also manufactured.
Vertical heads fitted to the Myford 254, Viceroy 280 and Harrison M250  lathes (and carrying Myford, Viceroy and Harrison badges) were all made by Rishton..

Rishton geared-head vertical miller--the speed-change levers are on the left-hand face of the head

Rishton Pro Mill 35
A smaller Rishton miller fitted with electronic variable-speed control. Table 350 x 130 mm

The useful geared-head Rishton VM60


Vertical VM60 head as used on the Myford 245 and some Colchester Bantam (and other) English lathes

Rishton VM60 head as used on the Harrison M250 lathe

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Rishton Milling Machines
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