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EVguru
07-16-2010, 05:13 PM
http://www.compton.vispa.com/orac/orac1.jpg

http://www.compton.vispa.com/orac/orac2.jpg

http://www.compton.vispa.com/orac/orac3.jpg

http://www.compton.vispa.com/orac/orac4.jpg

I collected it this afternoon from a college. Like many of these machines it's not seen much use and is pretty much perfect. Look at how clean the membrane keyboard is! The brown stains are just old oil.

There wasn't much tooling with it, but there were no less than three sets of reverse chuck jaws, a very nice boxed Verdict dti and quite a nice mag base. There's even a pristine manual, along with a 'workshop' photocopy.

They threw in the trolley and two long lengths of flat stock to use as lifting handles. By the time I'd counted out numerous pictures of the Queen, they had it all loaded in the back of the Mondeo ready to come home.

This original promotional video on youtube make evoke some nostalgia amoungst UK members;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV1bQeJ9tx4

pgmrdan
07-16-2010, 05:35 PM
Geez! I thought I was the only person that remembered Blakes 7. :D

Nice score, by the way.

beanbag
07-16-2010, 05:38 PM
how cute...

DICKEYBIRD
07-16-2010, 05:47 PM
Looks a lot like an Emco Compact 8 which is a good lil' machine.

John Stevenson
07-16-2010, 05:55 PM
Paul,
Bought a couple from a College in Oxford last year, mine have air chucks fitted but they have the original ones as well.

Unfortunately they are both dead but I wasn't bothered anyway as I bought them for retrofitting anyway.

.

derekm
07-16-2010, 06:33 PM
aah but what sound does it make when its powered off?

Mcgyver
07-16-2010, 06:47 PM
chess sets here i come! nice score. I can see how that would be very handy

EVguru
07-17-2010, 04:04 AM
Looks a lot like an Emco Compact 8 which is a good lil' machine.

It clearly is based on a Compact 8, but Denford made a point of it being 'Built in the UK', so exactly what the deal with Emco was, I don't know.

Circlip
07-17-2010, 05:14 AM
Any way to bypass the Membraine keyboard Paul? Over time the poycarb membrane can go brittle and crack.

Regards Ian.

John Stevenson
07-17-2010, 05:37 AM
Easier to gut them, fit new drivers and use a PC.
Done a few now and they make good machines, most of the earlier ones had drawbacks cause by the electronics / programming of the day.
The Connects can't do internal threads without jumping thru hoops and the thread ranges are limited because of the speed of the chips.

Not sure but I think the Denfords can't do less than 12 tpi, don't actually know as i have never had my hands on a fully working model.
I only get dead ones or sick ones.

At one time you could get decent money for gutted components but nowadays most are gutted to upgrade and there isn't the demand for original components.

EVguru
07-17-2010, 08:40 AM
Not sure but I think the Denfords can't do less than 12 tpi, don't actually know as i have never had my hands on a fully working model.

Quoted range is 0.35 to 3.5mm (8 to 70 tpi.)

As the machine seems to be in full working order, I'm going to leave as is for the moment. I've got a batch of fuel tap adaptors to do, M12 by 1.5mm to M14 by 1mm. Whilst it's much easier to cut metric threads on the Harrison L5 (imp leadscrew) no that it's fitted with a VFD, it's going to be much easier still on the Orac!

lazlo
07-17-2010, 10:08 AM
It clearly is based on a Compact 8, but Denford made a point of it being 'Built in the UK', so exactly what the deal with Emco was, I don't know.

I have a Compact 8 -- what size is the Orac compared to the Compact 8?

Paul, you would probably be interested that there's a series in MEW for the last several months on cutting taper sockets on Orac

Tony Ennis
07-17-2010, 10:44 AM
Blake's 7 was a good show. A great example of how a good script is far more important that a huge special effects budget.

The "training" video of the lathe kept stalling on me. I couldn't help but notice it seems like a solid little lathe.

sconisbee
07-17-2010, 11:49 AM
They are cute little machines, what memory capacity do they have?

Did you get it for a reasonable cost? I have noticed they seem to fetch silly money sometimes. I was looking at one a while ago but a Boxford ANC came up 2 miles down the road for only 750 so I went that route but i still want a tiny cnc lathe for some of the tiny jobs i get.

lazlo
07-17-2010, 01:24 PM
The "training" video of the lathe kept stalling on me. I couldn't help but notice it seems like a solid little lathe.

YouTube's servers are crushing under the weight of high definition.

Right-click on the Youtube video and select "Settings..."

The Adobe Flash Player controls will pop up. Go to the third tab at the bottom, and drag the video buffer slider window to the right. 1 MByte should be enough to buffer any network glitches. Click "Never ask me again" and close the window.

You're all set.