Colchester Master 2500.
When buying a machine which is about 45 years old, one expects to find problems. My inspection prior to purchase showed no dings, no broken gear teeth, and quite minimal backlash. I could see that the leadscrew was a bit worn. And the graduated dials would not rotate independently of the handles. And the entire machine was very dirty.
I have been taking a much closer look since getting it onto the shed floor. It has been cleaned, handles freed up, snd examined. So far I have been very pleasantly surprised. No nasty discoveries. Not yet run under power, actually cutting, so I still have some reservations.
I did note that the Colchester tool post has only one functioning tool station, and there are only 2 tool holders, so I have factored in the purchase of a new quick change tool post and some tool holders. I also intend to install a digital read out on the 2 axes.
But overall, so far, I am really pleased with its condition.
Quite the beast!
It is delicate compared with my Chinese model.
Are you still looking for the Colchester Emblem 3D model?
Not really, because I patched up the old one, but if you have a model I would be very interested to see it and maybe CNC a new one. John.