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      Bulova Bench-mounted Surface Grinder

      Little known and seldom found, the Bulova was a rather larger and heavier example of a niche-market machine tool, the bench-mounted surface grinder. Hardly in the "miniature" class, the grinder was obviously of high quality, superbly constructed and well sealed against in ingress of grinding dust to its working parts. Other known makes and models include, also from America, the lovely little Sanford (also copied and sold as Harvey "Butterfly"), the
      Builders Iron Foundry and (better known for their cylindrical grinders) the Grenby, this being used as the basis for the Australian Macson. In England the Herbert Company offered, in pre-WW2 years, their "Ball-bearing Bench Surface & Die Grinder" (and later a floor-mounted hand-operated model) and EXE their very fine bench machine. . A French Company, Lipemec, produced the beautiful LIP 515, this having the same capacity as the Sanford SG-48 at 8" x 4" (200 x 100 mm), a somewhat similar base, saddle and table but with a completely different, double-column upright to carry the grinding head - the solid steel bars being hardened, ground and protected by bellows. In recent years a version of the "Grenby-Macson" has been produced in China and sold under various brand names including Harbor Freight and Tormach.  The Tormach, manufactured to a higher level of accuracy and finish is, today, available with automatic feeds and has travels of 6 by 12 inches - those for the hand-feed Grenby being unknown.
      Although the Bulova Company did have watches with their branding made in Switzerland, the majority of their output was US-made - though they are currently owned by Citizen of Japan. As a further connection to Europe, Bulova did employ, in their American factories a huge number of Schaublin and other Swiss made machinery. However, from the look of it, this grinder is very typically American in style and manufacture.
      With thanks to Dr David Samways of Anglo-Swiss Tools for his input.




      Bulova Bench-mounted Surface Grinder
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