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Thread: Nu-tool Milling Machine
10/08/2021 22:56:50

Thanks guys, thats more or less what i suggested so i'll report back. How would you check for wear on these? Is it just backlash on the leadscrews?

10/08/2021 16:33:50

Apologies for this sort of thread as i know they can be a bit annoying but i offered to help my neighbours widow and as per my other thread, i ended up buying a lathe! Anyway, she asked me about her late husbands milling machine and unfortunately i know nothing about these things. Ebay hasnt been much help so if anybody can help on valuing this, id appreciate it.





Thread: Colchester Bantam Lathe
10/08/2021 16:29:43

On another note, the wife has asked me to value the milling machine. To avoid confusion, ive started another thread but any help would again be most appreciated.

10/08/2021 16:23:16

Hi Dave,

Yes, twice now ive helped clear out neighbours workshop's and it never ceases to amaze me how these things were fitted in the first place. But, I think im there now, with the promise of beer and burgers i have 3 friends coming round to help shift the bed onto my trailer and then off and into my garage. For now, until the garage/workshop is finished, the lathe will be stored safely until im ready to fit it back together. Im hoping 4 of us should be enough to lift and shift:



09/08/2021 15:56:20

And this is as far as i could get today. Not sure what i need to remove next to take the saddle off:


09/08/2021 15:55:28

So is this the 'rear shear guide'


09/08/2021 15:11:54

Thanks Rob, i'll definitely bear that in mind when i come to relocating the lathe, i had a trial play today before removing the shafts and yes, a couple of inches would make it more comfortable. My garage is still in the process of being built so i may just make a concrete plinth for it to sit on.

09/08/2021 15:09:53
Posted by Chris Crew on 09/08/2021 09:09:18:

NB. Just seen your latest post regarding removing the cross-slide etc. The lead-screw, feed-shaft and control-shaft will just slide out if you remove the end support bracket. Don't lose, or replace, the thrust bearings when you take the shafts out. You can then drop the apron off the saddle and, after removing the rear shear guide, you can then simply lift off the saddle, if I remember correctly. I had to do this to replace the cross-feed screw which had a lovely sine-wave bend in it after the cretins had dropped the machine. Fortunately, the saddle hand-wheel had taken the brunt of the impact, shattering in the process, but the apron remained firm and the shafts and lead-screw were not bent, otherwise it really would have been a total loss, except for spares.

Edited By Chris Crew on 09/08/2021 09:18:35

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the info. Ive just tried to do this and im afraid youve lost me a bit with the terminology. Ive removed the shafts and end bracket and also the guide plate underneath the rear side of the saddle. Is that what you call a shear guide?

As for the 'apron' im afraid that stumped me!

09/08/2021 09:01:30

Thanks guys. I managed to drag the whole thing into the middle of the room but once id unbolted it from the stand it became very apparent just how unstable this thing it. I really cant get over how heavy it is compared to my chinese Warco.

But, as someone has already mentioned, removing the cross slide will help but how difficult is it to remove the whole carriage? It looks like id would have to remove the guide bars and feed shafts to do this. Would this be a step too far?

08/08/2021 20:29:54
Posted by DC31k on 08/08/2021 20:22:16:
Posted by Gaz Lippid on 08/08/2021 19:52:08:

...the manual is one thing I don't have...

Fourth post here:

Magic! Thanks very much.

08/08/2021 19:52:08

Thanks guys, unfortunately its located in shed quite some distance away from any hard standing so will have to be carried over lawn. I have another neighbour and his teenage sons on stand by for when im ready!

So ill have a go at removing the gearbox tomorrow and report back.

@Neil, the manual is one thing i dont have, do you mind if i PM you as regards a copy? I'll obviously pay for all expenses.

Quick question though, how to remove the saddle? Is that what i would call the carriage?

08/08/2021 17:55:46

Although ive no doubt you guys already know what im talking about, heres a picture showing the headstock in question. It looks like two bolts at the front onto the bed and two at the rear. 'Seems' straightforward?


08/08/2021 17:51:58

Hello all,

Apologies for my first post looking for info but im unfortunately on a deadline to move this lathe before i have to return to work.

Essentially ive just acquired this Colchester from my neighbour who sadly passed away recently. I wasnt that interested in it to be honest as i already have a fairly new warco to do my odds and sods and as I definitely fall into the amateur category, my needs are fairly basic. But once i saw it, i knew that it was just in a different league to mine!

Ive stripped it down as much as i thought necessary (including removing the motor), unbolted the bed from the stand, and i still cant lift it! But looking at the headstock, it seems to be two gearboxes stacked ontop of each other and removing the top one (chuck drive) appears to be relatively straight forward. Question is, will i be compromising the setup of the lathe by doing this or is this a necessary evil to shift the lathe?

Thanks in advance.

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