Evening all (well it is here :-)).
I've got a Mk1 Colchester Student lathe.
Just been cutting thread on a bit of bar with a left-hand die, and to do this I reversed the motor so that it ran backwards. In this case, it was a short, easy job at very low speed, so I wasn't worried about damaging the machine.
However, it got me to wondering whether or not it *is* OK to run the Student backwards - if so, it'd be a relatively simple job to arrange switchgear to reverse the motor, rather than crawling around under the back of the machine moving wires and links about.
The chuck is pretty unlikely to come undone, and I don't think anything else in the drive train is threaded on and therefore likely to come loose.
On the same subject - anyone know of any spares for this machine? I'm looking for among other things the tool for undoing the chuck (American L-zero fitting, looks like it should be a sod-off C spanner) and also the internal parts of the brake, which are missing.