I have been asking a lot of questions over the past few days as I try to figure out what lathe works best for me. I asked about Lagun lathes, now I would like your opinions on a Colchester Model 6535 15"x50" Lathe. I took a look at one today and the bed, apron, ways and geared head were in superb condition. The only thing I did not like is the way the chuck mounts onto the spindle. It is not a D1 Mount.
I am amazed at the difference in opinions expressed by members of the group as well as machinery dealers and machinists. I was speaking with a very nice machinery dealer who told me to stay away from the round head/bullet head Colchester's because parts were absolutely impossible to get. Another dealer said they were not one of his favorites either. Then, a well known machinery rebuild with an impeccable reputation advised that the lathe I was looking at was in excellent shape and thinks it is an outstanding lathe.
I inspected it today and I must say that physically it is in fine shape. Close to zero backlash on the apron and crossfeed and the head was quiet when running. I opened the head and the gears are perfect with no broken teeth. There was oil in the apron and head which was clean and the sight glasses were clean.
The asking price is $2500 which includes an Aloris CXA tool post and one holder, a 10" three jaw buck chuck, a 10" 4 jaw buck chuck, follow rest, 5C collet Closer (lever style), Drive plate and a set of 5c Collets.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
My sincerest thanks.