Recommend me a slightly larger lathe

  1. HughF

    HughF Member

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    I have a Boxford 500VSL, the late model with the L00 nose taper - it is a great machine, but I regularly end up running large work in it, in back gear and pushing it pretty hard. I have access to a larger lathe, a Leblond regal from the late 30's but it's very old and worn.

    I would like something with:

    All gear head, running in oil
    Hardened/ground bed
    Clutch
    Nice wide bed, toolroom sized saddle
    Non-threaded spindle nose, so American taper or Camlock

    'A bit' larger than the VSL, but not much.

    I'm thinking Harrison 140, M250 or M300, and possibly a Kerry 1124

    Is there anything else out there worth looking at from the 70's/80's?
     
  2. Shox Dr

    Shox Dr Chief Engineer to Carlos Fandango

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    M300 only has a 38mm spindle bore. The 350 is bigger, but not much longer. Not sure about the 350, but the 300 does nt have a clutch motor
     
  3. HughF

    HughF Member

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    Spindle bore isn't too much of an issue, I can't remember the last time I had anything up in mine. Clutch would be nice though...
     
  4. pressbrake1

    pressbrake1 Forum Supporter

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    These days you can’t choose what you want because good machines being thin on the ground.
    Kerry are a forgotten make that are really good
    Cva tool room lathe would be my choice for a small lathe or a Herbert Holbrook
     
  5. HughF

    HughF Member

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    Gutted, I had the chance of a small Cazeneuve about 6 years ago... can't win them all.

    I've got my eye on an Elliot Cardiff, but alas it's not for sale... cough @MattH cough

    Might keep an eye open for a Kerry, there's one on eBay presently, not out of budget either
     
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  6. HughF

    HughF Member

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    That Kerry 1124 on eBay is looking more and more tempting by the minute...
     
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    Looks nice, worth a look in person.
     
  8. pressbrake1

    pressbrake1 Forum Supporter

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    I’ve got a Elliott omnispeed lathe that I’d never sell . Sub 60rpm to 2500 rpm dead bang accurate
     
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  9. HughF

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    Yeah, this end of the country too. Might head on up there later/tomorrow or something
     
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  10. barking mat

    barking mat Barking at Pigeons

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    Cazeneuves come up over here on Leboncoin often.

    I'll have a look if you're willing to play fetchie.

    My LO came in at 300 euros.
     
  11. MattH

    MattH Member

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    I'll swap it for the VSL back!
     
  12. HughF

    HughF Member

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    I need to get my ass down to the unit at the weekend and have a chat I think :)
     
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  13. imagedude Member

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    Looks like a tidy machine...
     
  14. fizzy Forum Supporter

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  15. fizzy Forum Supporter

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    What about a Triumph Round Head?
    Fits the bill on almost everything and they go pretty cheap. L1 spindle.
    Buy one with all the accessories as they aren't cheap and hard to find.
     
  16. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    Colchester Bantam big enough?
     
  17. HughF

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  18. HughF

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    Yep, I think 5-5.5" center height is still a size I want to stick with for this workshop, I'd just like something with a stiffer/wider bed and a all-gear, lubricated headstock.
    I have been offered a local bantam 1600 mk2 that 'has noisy spindle bearings'... Didn't sound too noisy to me when I ran it up. and it looks very rust-free and has a DRO.

    I'm thinking of getting rid of the LeBlond at some point in the future and replacing it with something big and heavy (Elliot Cardiff perhaps :) ) and then keeping a 5x20 (Chipmaster perhaps) or 5.5x24 machine as well...
     
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  19. HughF

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    I don't care much for the way the power feed engages on those old Colchester saddles...
     
  20. fizzy Forum Supporter

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    What's wrong with it?
    Mine is lovely to use. But I know no different.
     
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