View Full Version : Got me a home workshop lathe.

12-29-2008, 01:01 PM
I've seen a couple of recommendations here for these guys, and they are very local to me so I checked-out their website and lo they are having two 'open days' today and tomorrow which are also VAT-free days (sales tax). I dropped in on the way home from work and all I can say is you'll do well to find a more helpful and accommodating bunch of fellas. I told them I was looking for a metric lathe, as a replacement for my Atlas 10 and that I'd seen this one in their stock list. They let me take a look over it and gave me a tour of the place showing me several other lathes in the same class. One was a rather lovely Colchester bantam that they ran-up for me. I would have bought that machine but for it being an imperial machine and I specifically wanted a metric screwcutting box. Anyway I settled on an ex-schools Viceroy 280 synchro ( http://www.lathes.co.uk/viceroy/page6.html ) with a rear-drive motor. I'll pick it up in a couple of weeks. Gonna have to gove it a good clean-up and inspection, and I notice the ways near the headstock need some stoning, smooth-turning controls and little backlash, no slop I could detect in the slide or carriage. As an ex-school lathe I guess it shouldn't have done any real work. Hope it's a good-un.

I was impressed with the reception I got from the guys who were at the end of a busy open-day. Offered me tea and mince-pies as soon as I walked through the door and were very friendly and helpful throughout to the point of dragging power leads across the workshop to run-up machines despite me saying not to bother. I'll definately be going back for more.

When I get the lathe home I'll post-up a report and doubtless a few questions.

Liger Zero
12-29-2008, 01:10 PM

A real lathe too, not a toy one!

12-29-2008, 04:54 PM
Yep I'm quite keen to get my hands on it - it should give me the incentive to make some of the cool stuff I've read-about on here like tangential tool holders etc. I might treat myself to a set of those indexable hss-insert holders when I get it plumbed-in and sorted.

Liger Zero
12-29-2008, 05:06 PM
Eventually I'll have to get a real lathe like that. Currently I have two toy lathes and a toy mill. (A Clarke lathe 7X10, and a Shurline mill and lathe.)

I call 'em toys because the lathe where I'm working now could spin my Clarke around at full speed and use the Shurline as a cutting insert.

Funny thing is... it behaves just like the wee ones. It just makes more chips per operation. :D

Alan Smith
12-29-2008, 05:48 PM
Peter, I suspect I know the outfit you are talking about and yes they are really friendly blokes. I've bought some woodworking machinery from them and will certainly make them my first port of call when I get funds for a proper lathe purchase.

12-29-2008, 07:05 PM
"toy"-- THere are CNC mills or VMC's that could do the toy test of a bridgeport!:D :D

12-30-2008, 09:46 AM
You were a prospective CUSTOMER Peter, this is going to be a term used less and less in the not too distant future, so the shops that trade realise there's no room for bullsh4t any more, not that the honest ones ever did.

Regards Ian.

Gee, didn't lock onto the maker untill I looked at the Lathes ref. Made in the heart of God's own county, what better big toy could you wish for?

01-06-2009, 05:24 PM
Got my lathe home today:




I have some techy questions which I'll put in another thread.