Im a big
fan of Colchester lathes, I started with a Bantam, acquired first one and then
another Triumph 2000, then finally changed the Bantam for a Chipmaster (the
toolroom version of the Bantam, same tooling so I could swap it all over, twice
the weight which makes for great rigidity, bigger spindle which takes the easy
to get 5C collets rather than difficult and expensive 4C and a more
comprehensive gearbox in particular you can change between 19 and 26 tpi,
both of which in constant use, from using levers on the
Chipmaster whereas you need to delve inside the covers on the Bantam).
Chipmaster came in some months ago from a friend, Ive agonized over keeping
it for myself - its the nicest one Ive seen, super clean throughout,
mechanically first rate. The original variator, which can be troublesome (or,
rather, noisy our own Chipmaster is acceptable in the workshop here, but you
probably wouldnt want to use it late at night in a domestic setting) has been
replaced by an inverter, allowing continuously variable spindle speeds at the
turn of a knob, all run from a domestic single phase 13 amp socket.
is complete with three and four jaw chucks, faceplate, catchplate, revolving
centre, quick change toolpost and halogen work light. There is a coolant pump
included although not currently fitted.