lathes.co.uk - manual sets / data packs good value?

  1. skotl

    skotl Forum Supporter

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    As some of you will no doubt be sick of hearing, I've recently become the proud owner of a 1930s Colchester Master.
    Unsurprisingly, there's not a lot of information around on an 80 year old machine so I had a look at lathes.co.uk (specifically this page). I know lots of people do refer to lathes.co.uk and I have found it invaluable for (admittedly free!) info on a whole bunch of machinery.

    The data pack is for sale at £45 - just wondering if anyone else has bought a similar pack from the site and has an opinion on whether this is good value?
     
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  2. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    Pretty sure someone will have a copy somewhere.

    His prices are a bit ott
     
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  3. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    Try eBay.
     
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  4. skotl

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    Problem is that this a very old unit (and definitely predates the 2500, which I did see plenty of options on ebay for). I've googled already and can't seem to find anything easily.
    Looks like Tony @ lathes.co.uk has done his own homework and if it's £45 then so be it: my main question was whether anyone has any experience of the site and could comment on the quality of the material.

    Cheers
     
  5. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    Every time I've contacted him I've been ignored. Shan't bother again.

    Poke around online will all be available with some hunting.
     
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  6. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    Bought one for our big radial arm dril £25 did not think it was overpriced all the Info was there
     
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  7. skotl

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    Good to know - thanks! I emailed him tonight so I'll post back here on whatever response I get :)
     
  8. gaz1

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    twice ive pmed tony about machines

    my myford ml7s gearbox on end with pics to show gearbox example for everyone else to view on his sitei got a no thanks reply

    also a mark 3 sharp milling machine with pics and also with the price of unit and version 3 i had no reply on that one and no pics was ever uploaded of a mark 3 version update

    sites need to be run and his site is big on info if they have everything you need in that info good but page info and instructions can be wrong

    i have to agree his prices are a little high for lets say copies of original being sent out by pdf format or by post
     
  9. skotl

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    Appreciate the feedback, all. I sent him a note around 23:30 tonight and he's responded at 1am saying that he believes that the 1950s info will still be relevant to my much earlier unit.
    So I'm going to bite the bullet and order the pack and will report back here on how useful / appropriate it is.

    I'm not doubting for a minute, by the way, the tales above of requests going awol - one prompt response doesn't justify many other ignored requests.

    Cheers all
     
  10. MetalMonkey Member

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    I've contacted him a few times and he has been quite helpful. Prices are not cheap for a photocopy but you are paying for the time and effort collecting and collating the material, some of which might be quite rare.
     
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  11. Screwdriver

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    Not this one is it?

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  12. skotl

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    It's the model just before the one in the picture. although I understand that this is the manual I'll be getting
     
  13. Shox Dr

    Shox Dr Chief Engineer to Carlos Fandango

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    Funny [or not] I’ve had the same experience. I contacted him a few yrs ago, with info and pictures on a lathe he didn't list. Never got back to me
     
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  15. The_Yellow_Ardvark

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    I spoke with Tony at Lathes UK.
    No issues with him picking up.

    Has advised me on a way forward for my Lathe motor issue.
    Just waiting on a reply to my E mail.
     
  16. pressbrake1

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    He quoted me more for a photocopy of a lang sales brochure than the people that bought and own the lang rights wanted for a manual.
    I would donate to his excellent archive but the money he wants for a photocopy of stuff he doesn’t own the rights to is taking the

    Machine manuals.co.uk is £12.50 and same quality
     
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  17. cocker

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    I've contacted him a few times , he's always got back to me .
     
  18. R-D-R Forum Supporter

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    I bought the manual for my M250 from the site for £40 it came well printed and presented. Literally next day i raised a query around spares with 600 group they emailed me a PDF of the same whole manual and some more totally free of charge ! I would contact 600 group.
     
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  19. pressbrake1

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    600 group can be helpful
    This shows how lathes.co.uk is over charging
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  20. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    No surprise there
     
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