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Old 18 March 2008, 15:16   #1
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Used Lathes, Milling machines.....

and any other workshop machines and supplies.

Has anyone got any ideas on where to buy? Auctions, trade sale or anything considered.

I'm looking at kitting out a machine shop.
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and any other workshop machines and supplies.

Has anyone got any ideas on where to buy? Auctions, trade sale or anything considered.

I'm looking at kitting out a machine shop.
I used to do a lot of procurement of used machine tools. ( ex-Mfg. Eng.)
The best place to start is with a reputable Millwright company. They know all the auctions, companies selling stuff etc. because it their business to move it and re-install. Watch out though, it can cost more than the cost of the machine to move it, transport and install. I once boaught a $30k CNC water jet profiling machine that cost $50k to move and install. My boss was not too pleased.
PS. machine tools are valued as much on the amount of tooling that comes with them as the machine itself. I am sure you know that.
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Take a look at www.goindustry.com.

They have lots of online auctions (but you can view for real as well).

Sign up for newsletter to get notice of forthcoming auctions. Professional outfit and seem to have quite a lot of industrial sales.
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Ebay and

http://www.adtrader.co.uk/postcode_splash.php

I had my Colchester Triumph 2000 for £600 and a stunning Elliot univeral mill with vertical and slotting heads for almost nothing - I swopped it for a computer!!!

I have just purchased a very hefty metal cutting bandsaw for £300 - it's a year old and £1000 new............

This site is a brilliant guide to older machines

http://www.lathes.co.uk/

They do manuals for all sorts.

For smaller new stuff look at these

http://www.axminster.co.uk/
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We've used these people before, they carry a large stock of used machines.
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[QUOTE=codprawn;242272] Ebay and

http://www.adtrader.co.uk/postcode_splash.php

I had my Colchester Triumph 2000 for £600

Interesting. I did part of my apprenticship training on one of those for 6 months.
Excellent lathe. However, I have to admit that the challenge of turning a 1/2 inch dia. x 18 inch long acme thread, between centers, with a travelling steady, beat me twice before I got it right. Then I had to make the matching nut.
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Yes guys, this is exactly what I want. Some terriffic sites there.

Anyone know what manufacturers of centre Lathes does one with a collet chuck as well as the 3 and 4 jaw ones? Or will I have to buy a Turret or Capstan machine to get collets.
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What does a collett chuck do that a 3 jaw doesn't ?

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Collet chucks can be had for most centre lathes - they aren't cheap but you can often find one with a lathe.

I was so tempted the other day - the bloke who sold me the saw had a mint Elliot toolmakers lathe with collets and all sorts - he wanted £600 but I couldn't really justify yet another lathe. It's sold in 3 days.

My dream is a nice Dean Smith Grace or a Hardinge.

What many people don't realise is where most of the old British machinery has gone - China. They recognise the quality if we don't. Some powered ball screws etc and you have a CNC machine that will last another 30 years!!!
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Well you don't have to fuff about with concentricity problems as they never arise with a collet system, great for small production jobs..
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