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Colchester Bantam 2000 lathe wanted

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Stuart McG06/08/2022 09:59:16
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I am looking for a Colchester Bantam 2000, the gap bed version - metric or Imperial. A well cared-for machine is wanted, and would be given a good home. Immediate cash payment for the right machine. Collection arranged. Can anyone help please?


Edited By Stuart McG on 06/08/2022 10:00:53

JasonB06/08/2022 10:05:22
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Stuart, we have a wanted classifieds section for this sort of thing, suggest you use that.

Stuart McG06/08/2022 10:19:18
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Thanks. Will do.

Brian Wood06/08/2022 12:42:32
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There is a Student for sale on eBay, 240 volt supply. Look under the category " Metal lathes" and it comes up as the first entry. .. Current bid price £430. Scroll further and there is a Mastiff 1400 and a Triumph 2000, both of these are probably 3 phase machines



Edited By Brian Wood on 06/08/2022 12:48:04

Stuart McG06/08/2022 17:09:10
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Thanks Brian. However, it is a Bantam I am after, not a Student.

Ady106/08/2022 18:04:18
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You asked about end float concerning a previous lathe, so may be useful

The Bantam 2000 is set cold to 0.0001 inch and the freely moving spindle is tugged about by hand


bernard towers06/08/2022 18:18:04
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Bantam 2000 on site

Stuart McG06/08/2022 21:25:23
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Thanks Bernard. nice condition, but a straight bed machine.

Chris Crew06/08/2022 23:50:15
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There's a nice one on Ebay located in Rugby. They are asking £4200 for it. I don't know if this a good or bad price but I can tell you that I paid £2500 for a very nice Student circa 1992 plus it was £150 for a part-load delivery, 200 miles from Kent to Lincolnshire, insured and by a professional machine mover. Don't risk anything less if you buy a lathe because the Bantam is very top heavy, unstable and easily toppled. I know that because I have one in my garage that some cowboy who the previous owner had paid to move it dropped it off a pallet. I have repaired it over the years I have had it and I think it is a sound machine with a lot of life left in it, but because of the accident I don't think you would be interested.

( I mean I bought the Student in 1992, that is not the year of the machine which is of 1969 vintage)

Edited By Chris Crew on 06/08/2022 23:57:37

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