Colchester student 1800 metal turning lathe

  1. Wardy New Member

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    Hi
    I am trying to find out if there is a manual available for this lathe at all?
    I am a new technician in a school and we have one of these machines but I can't find any manuals for it...can anyone help please?
    Many thanks
     
  2. mccp Member

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  3. Wardy New Member

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    HI

    Thanks for the info...I had already found that site but it's £40 for the download which the school won't pay...was hoping for free :(

    Thank you for replying though :)
     
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  6. Wardy New Member

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    Hi..yes I had found the student manual but it was more the machine working etc that I was after...and the cheaper version is still not cheap enough for the school... thanks tho :)
     
  7. Wardy New Member

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  8. cumbriasteve

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    That surprises me, surely if a school considers a lathe as part of the budget it should also consider the minimum literature required for safe use, servicing and operation of all functions essential to own and therefore budget for at the time of the lathe purchase.
     
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  9. Wardy New Member

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    It is an old lathe and has been in the school for many many years and they probably did have the literature at the time however it has probably been lost. As for a budget...I shall leave that there and say no more on the subject ;)
     
  10. phm87 Member

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    Wow!, a lathe in a school, I thought the H+E bandits had them taken out years ago, can`t have the little darlings near something that might hurt them, or is it staff use only?
     
  11. Wardy New Member

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    We have 5 lathes! 2 band-saws (staff use only), 3 pillar drills, a milling machine, morticing machine, wood lathe, 2 disc/belt sanders, grinders, vacuum former, 4 scroll saws, 2 guillotines, a table saw, with planer& thickness-er (staff use only) a few welding kits (not used at the moment as curriculum doesn't require) and we have just lost the use of our forge...I think that's it. A lot of bits and bobs but all very very old!
     
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  13. R-D-R Forum Supporter

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    Email Colchester support via 600 groups website. I enquired on parts and they emailed me the whole pdf scanned original manual plus parts diagrams for my Harrison without me even asking. It was exactly the same as the printed one I bought from lathes.co.uk the week before :-/
     
  14. phm87 Member

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    You make sure you keep them Wardy, and don`t let them replace the machines for new ones which will be indifferent quality to old ones.
    I was for my sins a technician in a school for 19 years and had all the equipment you have plus other bits and bobs.
    I had to leave when they stopped teaching practical skills and replaced it with box ticking! Oh well that was a few years ago now. I hope you enjoy the job, it was my favorite form of employment.
     
  15. Wardy New Member

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  16. Wardy New Member

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    thank you :)
     
  17. Wardy New Member

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    Unfortunately I spend most of my time in the kitchen cleaning up after the students as we only get 1 hr practical lessons and they know that if they take their time they don't have time to clean as they have to go to the next lesson so I seem to spend all my time in my rubber gloves cleaning and doing laundry...
     
  18. slim_boy_fat

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    Basic error there, you need to rewrite the rules.....:whistle: :D
     
  19. awemawson Forum Supporter

    Who is your employer? It sound like they are not giving you a safe working environment as the law demands - assuming it's not one of the services :dontknow:


    :sheep::sheep::sheep:
     
  20. phm87 Member

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    You can`t let them win, get them removed on H+S grounds, you and the Teacher must report that every time.
    The little darlings used to clean up after themselves, or no practical next time.
    This of course is the ideal, reality can be somewhat different.
    One pair of eyes is not enough, two is barely enough.
    Bloody good luck, you will need it.
     
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