Here is a list of all the postings MalcB has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Colchester Student 3100 VS|
Dont forget: The listed prices on their web site are plus 20% Vat
Thanks for the great feedback Gary.
Just missed the final bidding.
Anybody see what it went for pls?
|Thread: casting recommendation|
Another one in the North West for both ferrous and non-ferrous. Used them a lot in industry.
|Thread: Alternative source of industrial drawer cabinets?|
Plus another for Bisley especially if you can get their earlier ones.
I personally do find that the later ones are just not as substantial. They are about fit for pupose in a latter day office but struggle a bit in the workshop for heavier items..
The earlier ones seem to have been well over engineered for office use, hence their suitability for the workshop is very good.
|Thread: Colchester Student 3100 VS|
I live local to the machine tool dealer and know them quite well. When managing the company i worked for, have dealt with them over the years in both buying and selling. Location both in Tameside and when in Oldham. They have always had a decent reputation for buying and supplying good straight machines. Both the machine tool fitter and electrician they use I have also used and which are well respected.
In fact i bought my current M300 ( in my gallery ) from them as a negotiated cash deal. They have always carried a decent supply reputation. They use contractors for transport who obviously are well versed in handling machine tolols and there is always the possibility they could put their contact details your way. I used them to drop my machine off.
Like with all machine tool dealers, a lot depends on where in the purchase to sale the machine is at. By this i mean when they purchase a machine there may well be faults or it may just be good to go. So how far to being suitable for retail in good to go is always the purchasers gamble prior to buying/bidding.
As for the variable speed Colchester Student I cannot comment specifically but only what I know generally about the variable speed models in particular the Harrisons. The Harrison VS330tr which is the variable speed toolroom version of the M300 has been known to be problematic in industry, can be expensive to correct and be far more difficult to convert to 240v inverter control.
I also think you will find that the variable speed Student will have the same dimensions as the Student 1800 for steadies etc. So check that out if successful.
I took a punt when both a nearly new fixed steady and travelling steady appeared on Ebay for the Harrison VS330tr at an absolutely low BIN price and they fitted the M300 perfectly when they arrived - result.
|Thread: Which collet chuck for a Warco GH1236 lathe|
I initialed shared the ER40 set up used for my milling by adding the D1-4 mount chuck on my Harrison M300. It is now just used on the VMC.
I got a great Ebay deal that came up using BIN as it just appeared, on the Pratt D1-4 collet setup which goes up to 38mm. Much better quality than the ER40 system but slower to load and unload. They are great chucks and very positive but they are difficult to get hold of and can command prices up to £500.
|Thread: Removing Chucks|
And should also keep the chuck square the spindle as it comes off. A good fit in the spindle would help.
|Thread: Small Pratt burnered chucks. Jaws?|
Thame Engineering may be worth a call as well.
|Thread: Where (apart from ebay) to look for a pillar drill base?|
An alternative would be to do yourself a half decent drawing and take it to a steel profilers of the dimensions and contour you want/like and have a profile cut from steel plate.
Have it stress relieved and surface ground ground both sides to clean.
You would have little work left to make it usable.
|Thread: Crap vee blocks and "Oxford Precision"?|
Theres a lot of truth in the old saying:
Easy buying cheap tools cheap but buying quality tools cheap is a "science".
I am with Chris Evan6 on his comments in that buying far eastern tools from UK suppliers is the way to go. Taking a chance on import duties and Quality by buying direct, just to save a few quid is dodgy to say the least. Price to return anything is a none starter.
I am pretty sure that the UK suppliers such as Chronos, ARC, RDG, Amadeal, Warco, Chester, ( to name just a few of the more known ones) do in fact carry full QA assessments on their suppliers before putting them on their approved supplier lists.
I know the OP made reference to ARC, but I dont think I read that in any sort of derogatory way, in fact like others, the stuff i have had from them has been spot on for me, in fact comparing to many others i have used both in industry and home, have to say they are up there in the top quartile.
In fact the only real problem i have had in the last 2 or 3 yrs or so were some backing plate raw castings that although looked visually perfect revealed large blow holes ln an important area when machining. These were from RDG being local to me. No problem returning for replacement, just lost time ( but who hadnt experienced this in industry ). No quible and easy. Direct from Asia I would have had to write off.
|Thread: Machine moving day.|
You can't beat having someone with a decent bit of kit andknows how to use it.
The lathe looks perfectly balanced. But dont they just looked lost on the flatbed
|Thread: Got a Good Story About Buying a Lathe?|
Nothing exciting but:
About 30 years ago I managed to get my hands on an old Colchester Master lathe from either Exchange and Mart or Loot, cant remember which. Chuck wise it it was well equiped and the lathe in more than acceptable condition.
As with many quite a few lathes about then, practically all the change wheels had vanished and no steadies.
It took me about 6 months of continually rumaging around in scrap yards trying to build up a full set of the correct DP wheels to eventually build a full set, several being modified by bushing or boring etc. Alternative steadies were sourced, reworked or adapted to suit.
I dont know if this was just was an excuse to rumage and nosey round but it was always so satisfying as usually something else was bought when leaving. Nobody seemed to bother when you explained the mission you were on, you just got a free hand to roam at will. At the time there was a lot bigger choice of yards about, a lot more machine tools, textile machinery, printing equipment, engines etc being scrapped off.
No chance now with H & S controls, plus scrap yards just Ebay some of what comes thru'. I miss that ability to roam free in them for bits. Dont think I have enjoyed equiping a lathe as much since.
|Thread: Scam warning|
Over the last couple of months there has been a continuous flow of the Amadeal mini lathes listed by newly registered zero feedback sellers at around half or less of the Amadeal prices. Last week or two these seem to be stopping or have been blocked.
Usual ploy, Buy it Now with instant payment required, Paypal only, Listed as though a UK named location yet shipping from outside the UK in a very short lead time. Some have even had the Amadeal name still left in the description. You ask a question and get no reply. I reported everyone I managed to see but Ebay still took its time in cancelling them such that quite a few were sold. I am quite sure that Harry from Amadeal must have reported them as well. Ebay and Paypal must be continuosly having to initiate refunds.
If you searched " mini lathes" then completed items you will see some of them.
I have a couple of Ebay accounts and actually bought two of these on one of them and left negative feedback as a scam.
FYI - you can only do this on a PC I think, have not managed to find a way of doing this on a phone or tablet. On the PC you hit BIN and somewhere in the right column you have payment option other. You then have the option to mark as payment sent. Once you do this you can leave feedback. You dont see this option on the ipad or phone thru' an App. Couldnt do it opening Ebay via safari on the ipad either, you still only got the option requiring instant payment. Maybe there is a way on the tablet which some Ebay guru can sort?
|Thread: What do you think of these lathes|
Tony, if you are looking at used Colchesters, then take a look at Nobilla Machine tools.
They always have a large selection and do lick of paint through to full refurbs. Look for machines with warranties and check whats also included in them.
West Point Machine Tools also normally carry one or two half decent machines.
Never be scared to haggle big and work down.
|Thread: warco lathes.|
Excel Machine Tools do a very similar range of conventional lathes to the Axminister range, may be worth a look.
The XYZ Machine Tools Trainer lathe is also similar but only 750mm twixt centres which sounds as though may be a tad short for you.
Not as two faced as retailers that list their products as suitable for proffesional use when clearly they are not even fit for purpose in a domestic environment.
Hi Gareth, dont know where you are located but if the logistics are suitable for you then the Bantam 2000 on the lathes.co.uk site may be well worth a look.
|Thread: Economy Hit & Miss Engine Build.|
Thats looking really good Nick.
How did you actually red stripe the inner rim?
|Thread: Machining a Washer - Procedure|
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