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Adam07/09/2018 21:01:19
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This is my first proper lathe. I inherited a Drummond m series from my grandfather as well as a kerry super 8 pillar drill. I restored the Drummond but I could not get on with it. So I sold it and got a Colchester chipmaster from a friend. It was completely covered in crap as it was stored in a barn but it was dry and seemed good underneath......
Adam07/09/2018 21:37:59
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How do I add a photo from my photo gallery?
Oldiron07/09/2018 23:05:01
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Hi Adam. Just click the camera icon & select a photo from your album.


David Taylor07/09/2018 23:30:06
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I just looked through your album - wow! What a beauty.

Adam08/09/2018 21:17:13
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Thanks everyone, I used a different web browser as the camera did not show

Adam08/09/2018 21:19:39
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This is the lathe in the barn. It was covered in all kinds of grime but felt good on the slides. 3 phase but could not test it but it was a very good friend selling it at a good price so I took it.

Adam08/09/2018 21:21:16
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Also, all the serial numbers all matched and it came with a LOT of tooling (16 Dickson quick change holders) but only one 3 jaw chuck.dsc_3596.jpg

Adam08/09/2018 21:23:28
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It also came with a capstan attatchment which is in full working order. Just a little...…. dirtydsc_3600.jpg

Adam08/09/2018 21:25:36
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I get by with a little help from my friends...…. The buddy I got it from included delivery too. And a couple more mates and we got it into my garage with a but machinery jimmy and some elbow grease. Now to disassemble. dsc_3620.jpg

Adam08/09/2018 21:27:32
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I still could not test it so I figured id just disassemble it and see whats what. Its bloody heavy, reassuringly so. Oh yeah it also came with a fixed, and travelling steady. dsc_3621.jpg

Adam08/09/2018 21:29:46
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I Started by removing the larger components and started with the tailstock.dsc_3629.jpgdsc_3624.jpg

Adam08/09/2018 21:32:48
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I removed all the old paint with a wire wheel on angle grinder then used some filler to fill the larger imperfections. Then (after careful masking) painted white enamel. The handwheel and other components were cleaned on a brass wire wheel in the bench grinder.dsc_3630.jpgdsc_3631.jpgdsc_3643.jpg

Adam08/09/2018 21:34:03
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Adam08/09/2018 21:37:46
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Next came the carriage gearbox (cant remember the proper name). It was stripped to every last component and cleaned in a large ultrasonic bath.


Adam08/09/2018 21:41:44
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The part where you engage the power feed was a BA***RD to remove. Thanks to someone on here I got some advice. There is a hidden plug that needs to be removed.


Adam08/09/2018 21:43:07
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Once out I found (much like all the components) it was covered in grease, oil and swarf. This was also thoroughly cleaned in the ultrasonic bath.


Adam08/09/2018 21:48:03
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All painted and reassembled and greased up. Nothing was repaired or replaced. It all felt tight and no real wear.


Adam08/09/2018 21:49:45
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Next I removed the gearbox and made a start on stripping and cleaning it.


Adam08/09/2018 21:51:44
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The gearbox had clean oil inside and everything engaged well so I did not strip it completely but just clean it up and paint.


Adam08/09/2018 21:54:48
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Next was the headstock. Again this felt good and the clutch seemed to work so I did not want to disturb. A lot of maskig and a lick of paint was all that was needed. oh and its seriously heavy!!!



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