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John Rice of Northampton Engineering Services, the Midlands-based agent of Broadbent Stanley, has revealed that it has sold six BS series high-speed precision centre lathes in just a few months.

Derek Wood, machine shop foreman of LB Bentley of Stroud, Gloucestershire, said: ‘We manufacture sub-sea valves for the oil and gas industry.

‘We use some fairly tough materials and machine to exacting tolerances, so we needed a robust but accurate machine.

‘We purchased a 660mm swing lathe with 2m between centres (Model BS 660 x 2000) and machine an assortment of shafts, flanges and the like.’ He added: ‘We also produce lots of threaded parts and Broadbent Stanley recommended an Ainjest Quick Threading Unit.’ Another of Rice’s customers is Nigel Silvey, proprietor of Silvey Engineering of Hardwick, Gloucestershire.

He said: ‘We are a sub-contract machine shop and metal-spraying business, specialising in high-precision machined components.

We never know what’s coming through the door next, so need the best value-for-money equipment we can buy.’ Silvey also uses a Model BS 660 x 2000mm and said: ‘Since installing the machine, we have been amazed by its performance, both in terms of accuracy and metal removal.’ Dick Orrin, production engineer at Hayward Tyler Services in Luton, said: ‘We are a support service, producing spares for our parent company’s products, so when we are in the market for new plant, we look for a machine that offers flexibility as well as accuracy and it needs to be reliable.’ Hayward Tyler purchased the larger swing BS 760 x 2500, offering 760mm with 2500mm between centres.

Hayward Tyler manufactures a range of fluid-filled electric motors and pumps for the power generation and oil and gas markets.

The BS range consists of six models, starting with a swing of 430mm with 760mm between centres to the largest at 760mm swing with 4000mm between centres.

They are available with both geared and variable-speed spindle drives.

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