For over six months now, I’ve been actively looking for a high quality, short bed centre lathe to add to the shop equipment inventory.
When I started my first apprenticeship in S&S back in 1980, there was a Colchester lathe among the bank of machine tools in the machine shop however, we were rarely ever allowed use it as it was such a treasured asset to the management!
On the very few occasions that I did get to use it, I fell in love for the first time with something other than a short, petite female! Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would own one, but I still believed that one day I would love to have one of my own.
This is a Colchester Triumph 2000 centre lathe, 30” bed with a Miniwizard DRO, coolant pump, foot brake, Bison chuck with both reversible & soft jaws, Multifix 40-position tool post, four independent tool holders, Sandvik tooling with spare inserts, new Jacobs Chuck, new Bison live centre and a a vernier bed stop attachment. In my opinion, Colchester Lathes are one of the very finest, high quality machine tools on the market and again, I’m privileged to own one for my shop.
Although it’s not new, it’s in excellent working condition and consistently holds very tight tolerances. After having a close inspection of the machine this morning, I’m pretty sure the this machine has not had a long or tough life.
I’ve removed some of the covers, de-greased the whole machine and sanded it in preparation for repainting as original. There’s a brand new 5hp single phase 230V motor to fit to it when it’s in position in the shop. The lathe will be fully serviced with new fluids, leveled on 3/4”x4x4 pads sitting on 3/4” dense rubber pads before going into service.
For a long time now a Colchester lathe has been #1 on my wish list. It’s now reality so, let the games begin!