Colchester Lathe, built during WW2,

Contributed by Rick Hunt Inventor

Colchester Lathe, built during WW2,

This lathe was made by Colchester Machine tools, in Colchester, Essex in 1941 as a part of the War effort, many thousands of similar machines were made by all machine tool manufacturers during the era, this one lacked some features commonly found on Lathes such as screwcutting in order to speed up production, the term "War finish" was coined to define machines constructed for the War effort, they were made almost disposable, just enough to do the job, they were not allowed to have decorative finishes or features and were painted dark grey, black or Army green. Despite the frugal nature of these War effort machines many of them survive today, this one was used in an electrical switchgear factory and was used to make and repair punch tools until the 1980s.

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