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Siddley04/08/2013 00:13:20
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I just bought an Emco Unimat 3 at an auction. In outstanding condition. It seems to have pretty much every accessory that was available for those lathes, many of them sealed in the origional packaging and unused. This includes the milling head etc.

What is it worth ? ( and don't say I'll give you tuppence for it )

Ady104/08/2013 02:05:02
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A well known auction place should get you a good price for it

Do postage if you want the best price

Geoff Theasby04/08/2013 05:04:27
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I sold one with lots of accessories and a milling head for £350 last year.

Regards

Geoff

Springbok04/08/2013 05:39:22
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OK Sidley how about a tanner.... Nice find are you not going to keep it for tiny work.
Bob

Michael Gilligan04/08/2013 07:52:41
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Posted by Siddley on 04/08/2013 00:13:20:

It seems to have pretty much every accessory that was available for those lathes, many of them sealed in the origional packaging and unused.

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Nice buy, Siddley ... A list would be interesting.

You might find this useful for comparison.

Some of the Unimat accessories seem to fetch astonishing prices, so; if you decide to sell, it may be worth adopting the salami approach [i.e. buy it as a lump, sell it in thin slices].

MichaelG.

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P.S.  There is an excellent Parts List on Emco's site.

P.P.S.    Instruction Book,  in German + English 

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Edited By Michael Gilligan on 04/08/2013 08:17:52

Andrew Johnston04/08/2013 09:14:16
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It has no intrinsic value, it's worth is what somebody is prepared to pay for it.

Andrew

Siddley04/08/2013 09:50:52
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Thanks a lot for the input guys. I would love to keep the Unimat for small jobs, but I have moved to a house where there aren't any outbuildings suitable for a workshop and need to raise funds to build one.

My Unimat is also in a wooden case, but it looks home built rather than a factory item ( really well made though )

There are several Unimat 3 specific books that came with the deal as well. One is authored by a chap called Gerald Wingrove who I believe is the same person who models classic cars to an incredible standard.

I'm going to have to ponder on what to do... which probably means trying to come up with a justification for keeping it rather than selling it on

Later I'll investigate the contents of the box more thoroughly and take some pictures, just for interest.
Being an auction buy I have no idea what the story behind the lathe is, I really hope the reason for it's sale was that the owner has traded up to something larger, rather than it being a result of bereavement or no longer being able to carry on with their hobby. I'm not really a sentimental person, but I often wonder about the history of any old and well cared for machine or hand tools I buy....if only they could talk

Stub Mandrel04/08/2013 11:24:41
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> if only they could talk

If they could repeat what they have heard, they would probably turn the air blue

Neil

JasonB04/08/2013 11:40:45
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Posted by Siddley on 04/08/2013 09:50:52:

Thanks a lot for the input guys. I would love to keep the Unimat for small jobs, but I have moved to a house where there aren't any outbuildings suitable for a workshop

The U3 makes a perfect "indoors" lathe, I started out with one which I had inside and built a Stuart 10V on it.

J

Siddley04/08/2013 13:12:51
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My machine tools can swear like a drunken sailors parrot Neil

I'd be pushing my luck if I used it in the house Jason, I already have four large toolboxes containing my mechanics hand tools in the living room and although my missis is a great girl, she has a limit to her patience

Next job is to find the memory card for the digital camera and unpack the lathe properly. It's 45C here today though ( inland Spain ) and I'm feeling a bit lazy....

NJH04/08/2013 15:50:17
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Buy a shed ( and a good lock) that you can put in the garden then, in all those spare moments when you are not carrying out essential tasks around the house, you can retire to your refuge and use your Unimat to make useful bits for the house ( or any other likely story that you can think of!)

I survived in sheds for some years before finally achieving the relative comfort of my present set up.

Norman

 

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Siddley04/08/2013 17:36:10
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Well, thereby hangs a tale Norman - I was only at the auction because they had a 6 x 4 shed listed.
Being in Spain I assumed that was 6 by 4 metres, but it turned out to be 6 by 4 feet....
I do need a reasonable sized workshop as I have those four large toolboxes, a mill, an Emco Compact 5 lathe and a large pillar drill to accomodate.

NJH04/08/2013 18:03:16
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I think my first shed was also 6ft x 4ft ..........but I didn't have much "stuff" in those days!

Now, of course, I've much more spacious quarters ( have a look in my workshop photos) but, as you will see,  still not big enough for all my "stuff"!

N

Edited By NJH on 04/08/2013 18:07:55

Peter Hall05/08/2013 12:58:25
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Goes out to buy a shed. Comes back with a lathe. You've only got yourself to blame, you know. wink 2

Pete

Siddley10/08/2013 23:27:41
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I'm really starting to like these auctions Pete, went to one today and amongst all the usual rubbish like wonky garden chairs and VHS players was a boxed Chesterman 14" height gauge and a beautifully made 5" sine bar.
12 Euros for both....

And best of all the missis has now agreed that I can use the downstairs spare bedroom as a workshop...

John Stevenson10/08/2013 23:50:18
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So you will be able to turn in your sleep ??

OK I'll get me coat..............

Stub Mandrel11/08/2013 09:49:50
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Sweet 'reams...

Neil

NJH11/08/2013 10:42:46
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Sorry- I can't resist it..........

Get busy with your hacksnore

Be sure you've put the Mill tokens out before turning in

OK OK I'll follow John's example now

Norman

Siddley13/08/2013 03:57:10
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A house isn't a home unless it's got a partially dismantled British motorbike in the living room....

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