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G.A. Ewen
11-06-2003, 12:16 AM
While at Estevan I picked up some back issues of HSM. On the inside cover of the Jan/Feb 1982 issue there is a full page ad for "The Cowells 90 Center Lathe". It looks like a dandy little machine. Does anyone have one, used one, or know anything about them?

JCHannum
11-06-2003, 08:09 AM
Our British correspondents may provide more insight, but Cowells was a very worthy competitor to Myford. I am afraid they have gone out of business though. They were at NAMES a few ( 6 or 7) years ago. A very pretty $$$ machine.

KevJWil
11-06-2003, 01:21 PM
They are still active. You might want to look at their web page. ( http://www.cowells.com/ ) They claim ...

"We do not employ a mass production on the assembly line principle, each machine being individually hand built and tested by an experienced engineer. Each component is thoroughly tested prior to assembly and accuracy tests are made throughout the construction process."

Nifty looking, if small machines. I would love to get my hands on one and compare it to my Sherline. I have seen two cowells lathes on Ebay in the past couple of years, neither of which I could afford to bid on.

Kevin

G.A. Ewen
11-06-2003, 02:43 PM
I sent off an e-mail to Cowells last night asking if they had a Canadian distributor. This is part of there responce; "We only deal directly from our workshops here in England.I have attached our price list... Airfreight, insurance & packing to your door via UPS would be GBP 100.00".

The price for a basic 90E lathe is 895.00 GBP. I think that works out to about $1900.00 Canadian. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif