Colchester Lathes - pre-1948 there were no proper manuals for pre-1948 Colchester lathes - but we can offer an interesting set of early Catalogues for the Bantam, Master, Triumph and Mascot from the late 1920s to early 1950s. These show all versions of the open flat-belt drive and geared-headstock types.
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Manuals for Model: Bantam
COLCHESTER LATHES - A full set of very early Catalogues for the Bantam, Master, Triumph and Mascot from the late 1920s to early 1950s. These show both the open flat-belt drive and geared-headstock types. 40 pages.
Colchester Bantam 5-inch 1920s and 1930s Flat-belt Drive Model. Sales Catalogue.
C390A COLCHESTER BANTAM 5-inch 1920s and 1930s Flat-belt Drive Model. Sales & Technical Specification Catalogue. 4 pages. £12
COLCHESTER Bantam Mk. 1 all-models - Instruction and Maintenance Manual and Illustrated Parts Manual as Exploded Diagrams. Electrical Diagrams, screwcutting and screwcutting conversion charts, a copy of the rare "Standard Accuracy Chart" and the maker's interesting Specification, Sales and Specification and Accessories Brochure. (Original Model with the two spindle-speed control levers on top of the headstock).Marked either 800 or 1600 rpm top speed. Perfect pictures and diagrams.
Colchester Bantam "MK.
Colchester "Colt" - a version of the Mk. 2 Bantam identifiable by a box on the top of the headstock holding the electrical switchgear and the use, on the screwcutting gearbox, of the 6-position joystick lever (as also employed on the original Mk. 1 Bantam). Instruction and Maintenance Manual and Illustrated Parts Manual as useful Exploded and Sectional Drawings together with Electrical Diagrams.. Includes a picture of the often damaged screwcutting charts that show all the all English, Metric and MOD pitches. English, French and German language sections.
Colchester Bantam Mk. 3 series 2000 (actually a Harrison M250 Clone with round-knob headstock control). Instruction and Maintenance Manual and Illustrated Parts Manual as exploded diagrams and Electrical Diagrams. Includes French and German language sections and a copy of the useful Specification, Sales and Specification and Accessories Brochure. Perfect pictures and diagrams
STARTRITE Belt-drive Drilling Machines. A complete (and interesting) catalogue collection of all belt-drive types: The Bantam (2 pages), the special epicyclic-gearbox equipped SP160/8, SP161/8, SP250/10 and SP 251/10 with epicyclic gearboxes (2 pages), Speedway (6 pages), Mercury bench and pillar (8 pages) and the late-model S D24, SD28, SD12, SD12P, SD58, SD58P, SD25 and SD25P (4 pages). 22 pages in total
For Sale: Colchester Bantam 800 lathe. 5.75” inch centre height and 23 inches between centres. Mounted on the maker’s cabinet stand with storage drawer, chuck guard and coolant unit.