Originally Posted by slimtim
What did you get to replace it nasher? He seemed keen on the idea of getting one but would want one smaller, where would I go about finding one?!
I’ve replaced it with one of these brought used from ebay.
I know everyone will shoot me down in flames about it, but it’s surprisingly well built.
Crucially, for what I paid for it, including a whole load of extras, it will do what I need at a price I can afford.
Had I been able to invest a couple of grand, then obviously I’d have found a better lathe and separate mill. But unfortunately I don’t have that sort of money spare so will have to make do.
On the plus side, it has a much smaller footprint than the old Colchester, plus some additional features. I didn’t ever use the full length of the Colchester, so I won’t miss the extra length (Oeerr)
The smaller Nashers have wanted to learn to use the old lathe for a while now, but with the open belts etc I’ve been saying no, they’ll be fine to have a go on this.
The Milling head will be a bonus, but I’m not really expecting too much of it.
I’m going to make up a brace to clamp it in position better, then it will be a bit more useful.
It’s still in bits in the garage at the moment as I’m cleaning it down properly and waiting for the old Lathe to go so it can slot into position.
Ebay does appear to be a good source for Single Phase Lathes, where they are available for most budgets.
Looks like the Colchester has been sold by the way.