Nick et al.
I was using the Colchester today, and broke two tips. I turned them around, so that they are still usable, but I thought I’d let someone know. I’m not exactly positive what the difference is between the silver tips and the brass colored ones. I did find a few tips in the cabinet, but did not feel comfortable replacing without knowing the difference.
Also, the three jaw chuck was significantly off, and I unmounted it. It will likely need each of the jaws removed and reset. The 4 jaw is in place right now. Nick wanted me to send a note to remind him.
Lastly, I managed the break a cutoff bit as well. I put it in the broken bits bin. I will pay for any parts that I need to replace. I’m not sure how I managed to break this one. I ran a slow cut straight in to the middle. There was plenty of fluid. It just sheared.
Lastly the lathe was bone dry on cutting fluid, so I put some of the premixed fluid from under the drill press.