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Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:29:01 AM »
Today I went to view an elderly CNC lathe. A Colchester 350 CNC with a Fanuc OT control. Not mine yet and may never be mine - seller and I are circling each other waiting for the other to crack  :lol: I'm certainly not paying his asking price  :ddb:

Happy to say Dave Spicer came with me on the viewing as he has had some contact with these machine in a past life. We managed  to put power on, and get the controller up and running, however the axis servo drivers are coming up with an error code probably due to parameter corruptions / low back up battery so we couldn't move the axis or spin up the main motor drive.

Vendor claims to have all the documentation, and indeed we found a paper tape and two print outs of the original parameters in the electrical cabinet, albeit in a very oily state.

If I do go for it no doubt it'll be an interesting journey, starting with a major clean up and identify program, followed by months of diagnose and fix  :bang:


... ponder ponder ponder  :scratch:
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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2017, 10:13:11 AM »
I've got my comfy chair and beverage of choice all lined up for another epic journey!

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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 10:56:10 AM »
Oh, go on Andrew. You know you want to, whether you actually need to, is another matter.  :clap:
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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2017, 11:28:06 AM »
It's something to tie the Emu to.
Just get doing and make swarf, you can decide what its going to be later.   :thumbup:

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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2017, 11:48:41 AM »
Please buy it Andrew. The last project one you refurbished was a fascinating read.

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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2017, 12:16:41 PM »
Please buy it Andrew. The last project one you refurbished was a fascinating read.
 

But I asked Andrew where the last one is now and what its new owner is doing with it - Andrew didn't reply!!! 
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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2017, 02:16:00 PM »
Will it fit in the new "tractor shed"?

Your public needs to know.

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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2017, 02:21:48 PM »
Please buy it Andrew. The last project one you refurbished was a fascinating read.
 

But I asked Andrew where the last one is now and what its new owner is doing with it - Andrew didn't reply!!!

I'm sure I replied !

It's on an industrial estate near Shoreham Airport making bits for high end optical telescopes - oh and it paid for a big chunk of the Tractor Shed  :clap:
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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2017, 02:43:08 PM »
Hey Andrew,

Are you sure you wouldn't like to practice on a poorly Mazak first? You know, to get your hand back in  :lol: :lol:

Of course, access is a bit of a pain right now, you can get to the back easily enough, not so much the front...

Plus it's a bit of a trek... but I do have a pool table to while away those "thinking" hours  :headbang:

 :)
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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2017, 02:48:30 PM »
In Parliamentary Parlance :

"Can I refer the Honourable Gentleman to the reply I gave earlier"  :lol:
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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2017, 02:54:53 PM »
In Parliamentary Parlance :

"Can I refer the Honourable Gentleman to the reply I gave earlier"  :lol:

One of these days I'm just going to leave it by your gate with a note attached "Please feed (bar stock) and care for"  :D
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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2017, 03:28:01 PM »
Please buy it Andrew. The last project one you refurbished was a fascinating read.
 

But I asked Andrew where the last one is now and what its new owner is doing with it - Andrew didn't reply!!!

I'm sure I replied !

It's on an industrial estate near Shoreham Airport making bits for high end optical telescopes - oh and it paid for a big chunk of the Tractor Shed  :clap:
 

Andrew,

Please forgive me if I missed your reply to my question.  But I do agree with Seadog that your commentary on that restoration was absorbing and educational. 
Best regards,

Pete W.

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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2017, 04:14:38 PM »
If I were you friend, I would say "RUN AWAY FROM IT". It reeks trouble of all sorts.

BUT if you buy it, it will make entertaining reading. Netflix documentaries will be distant second.

Pekka

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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2017, 04:31:32 PM »
It's not even a question, you need another CNC lathe for your well being solving all the problems!

Looking forward to the build, there will be one even if it's not the lathe you've found!

Good on you mate, cheers, Matthew

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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2017, 05:36:41 PM »
Well at least you know what your doing mine is on the back burner for a few more days until my Haas tm1p gets delivered on monday from what they say trying to sync up the riggers and tech guy who has to pull off the feet and replace them once inside the garage.

The lathe powered when we got it and seemed ok but now everything passes but stops on a "HOST CONTROL INITIALIZING " with just the fan running.

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Re: Do I NEED another CNC Lathe Project ?
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2017, 03:30:42 AM »
Where do you find time to farm?

I hope you get it, for our entertainment :)
Mark