What do prices include?

All our prices include VAT.  Delivery to UK mainland addresses is included for all orders over £30, and is charged at £3.99 for orders under £30.  This excludes orders for stands and spare parts. You can find more details on delivery here.


I'm located overseas, how much will postage be?

We'd be happy to quote you for shipping anywhere in the world - just contact us with your delivery address and what you would like to order and we'll get back to you as soon as possible with the price.


What sort of guarantee is included with your products?

All of our products are guaranteed for 12 months from the point of delivery.  You can find more information about your warranty on our Terms & Conditions page.


Do you have a showroom?

Yes - we pride ourselves in being much more than just a mail order business - we've always had a showroom where our customers can see our products in the flesh and ask any questions they might have.  It's open throughout the year, you're welcome to visit.  More details here.


What's the difference between an imperial and a metric lathe?

The leadscrews and dials will be configured towards either metric or imperial. Warco variable speed lathes from the WM 180 upwards can be used for both metric and imperial thread cutting - so a metric machine will be able to cut imperial threads and vice versa. The Mini Lathe can be used to cut both types of threads with an additional threading kit.


How do I decide between a metric or imperial lathe / milling machine?

Most customers have a preference, and are familiar with one system, in which case we recommend to stay with whichever is most comfortable to use. For example, if you think in pre-decimalisation terms and prefer inches, imperial would probably suit you best. If you're more used to centimetres and millimetres, or are using the machine for education or training, metric would be the logical choice. If you have a machine with DRO, it will be fully geared up for either - you have the option of switching between both. For thread cutting on variable speed lathes, both metric and imperial are possible either way.


Do your lathes or milling machines have metal gears or plastic gears?

Every lathe that uses gears from the WM180 upwards has metal gears throughout.

Warco Mini Lathes now have metal headstock gears.

Every milling machine that uses gears from the WM18 upwards has metal gears throughout.

The WM12, WM14 and WM16 are all metal gears with one exception - there is a single helical fibre gear which acts as a failsafe. During normal use, this gear will last indefinitely, but if the machine is used beyond its limits and an operator has a dig in, the fibre gear is designed to give way. When the machine is misused to the point that a gear would break, the failsafe prevents all the other metal gears from being stripped at the same time. The failsafe gear is inexpensive to buy, trivial to replace and readily available from Warco spares.


Do you have any ex-demo or second hand machines available?

Warco Open Days are always the best opportunity to buy any used or ex-demo machinery, we save the vast majority of second hand stock for this event. From time to time we will have a selection of used machines available for general purchase. If there's used machinery available at the moment, it will be listed on the Used Machinery page.


How will my machine be delivered?

This varies according to the size of the machine - for more information see the Delivery page.


How do I choose between a belt drive or gear head lathe / milling machine?

This really is a matter of personal choice. Changing speeds on a fully enclosed gear headstock is easy, just move the appropriate levers. Changing belts is a little more involved. Some customers prefer the idea of a belt drive on the basis that should the machine become overloaded for any reason, the belt will slip. Belt drive machines have fewer electrical components - there's no PCB for example. Gear headstock machines are more expensive.


I've downloaded a product PDF or have a copy of your brochure, and have spotted a difference with a measurement on the product page on your site. Which is correct?

The specification on the product page on is always the most up to date version, as the PDF or brochure reflect a particular moment in time - when the brochure was printed. Although product specifications can change from time to time, the details on the product pages on are always kept up to date with any changes. 


When is payment taken when I place an order?

For online orders, payment is automatically taken when you place your order. Otherwise, our policy is to process payment just before delivery. Credit or debit card details are held on file awaiting clearance from the warehouse for despatch, then payment is processed for delivery to take place. At exhibitions we will have a card terminal. Payment is taken only for machines which are in stock, full payment is not due until the stock is available. You can pre-order any currently out of stock product without paying in advance.


Will the lathe or milling machine which is delivered be of the same high standard displayed at an exhibition?

Exhibition machines never receive any special preparation, they are standard stock taken from our showroom. Delivered machine tools are of exactly the same quality and finish.


Warco lathe / mill problems: My recently delivered milling machine will only work when the start button is pressed. Wen the start button is released, the machine stops. How to solve this problem?

There is an open circuit on the machine preventing the contactors connecting, which is a result of an open switch to the chuck guard or belt / gear cover. As a safety feature, Warco machines are fitted with interlocked chuck guards and micro switches to gear / belt covers. This means that if you close the chuck guard and ensure the belt / gear cover is closed properly, the machine will run normally. Remember to disengage the emergency stop switch. If you're still having problems,  contact us and we are always happy to help. All of our machines are run and thoroughly tested before they are despatched to ensure everything works 100%, so we will be able to quickly resolve any issue.


I bought a backplate and it will not fit my lathe collet chuck, what next?

Backplates are supplied machined to fit to the appropriate lathe spindle. We offer various types of lathe collet chucks or alternative lathe chucks. To ensure absolute accuracy it is necessary to machine a suitable spigot on the backplate to match the register in the back of the chuck. Due to the various chuck PCDs it is also necessary to drill and possibly tap the backplate to accept whichever chuck is being mounted. So simply machine it to fit.


What are the main differences between the Major GH Milling Machine and the GH Universal Milling machine?

Both machines share the same base.  The GH Universal mill has a dovetail column which ensures datum during elevation and descent.  The GH Universal has power feed to the quill.


What's the difference between the WM 250VF and WM 250V (or WM 280VF / WM 280V etc)?

The VF machines had a DC motor and were controlled by PCB. The V machines (WM 250V, WM 280V and WM 290V) are the new upgraded replacements and are powered by an AC motor, which eliminates the need for a PCB. The AC motor system benefits from improved performance, speed range, reliability and runs more quietly. You can find more details about the benefits of this change on the corresponding product pages in our Lathes section.


I have a question that isn't answered here, what now?

Feel free to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.