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Old 02-04-2020, 07:41 AM
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Default Another Lathe 15” Colchester

This is my second lathe purchase in a single month. I had a small eye injury and the clinic was not far from the scrap yard so in I went. This was one time I was happy I got hurt.

I wasn’t looking for a lathe nor do I need another one but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to obtain some spares for my Colchester.

This machine looks complete and in recently running condition but it looks well used and beat up. There is also a note on it that says “Lathe Broke”.
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Old 02-04-2020, 08:52 AM
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Rutt Roh...looks like you now have a "Breeding Pair"....
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Old 02-04-2020, 09:09 AM
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Default another lathe

at least the chuck and tailstock look salvageable.
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Old 02-04-2020, 10:12 AM
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parts machines are always good!


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Old 02-04-2020, 11:05 AM
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I've used quite a few Colchester's, that looks like a nice size and realistically not that old. Will be interesting to see what sort of shape it's in.
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Old 02-05-2020, 10:08 AM
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Below is an impeller pump and belt tensioner assembly for the headstock. Fifteen years ago the price for the tensioner was $300! That is for the steel arm and pulley alone! I thought I would rather make one but I’m glad now that I never did.

At that time I was interested in buying a few parts for the lathe as I was cleaning it up. The total cost was nearly $6000. That was $2000 more than I paid for the whole machine!!!

I recall I bought a set of way wipers and I have been running it as is ever since.
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Old 02-05-2020, 12:21 PM
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When I got my Jet Asian 1550 the lead screw gearbox was destroyedI suspect vdue to accidental shifts of the 8 speed transmission while turning.
I located a company in the states that sent me a copy of the manual and after I identified the required parts all the parts about 10 gears and some bearings.
Cost was about $600 canadian. Every part fit and was labeled with a colchester PN on the box it came in.

I got the lathe for removing it for scrap as part of a distress sale clean up.

After I had all the parts I modified the shift lever to prevent further damage.

I cut the shift off flush with the surface of the gearbox and made a spring loaded self ejecting handle for it. that handle hangs on a chain bolted to the machine.
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