When Hi-Spec Precision Engineering Ltd needed a new centre lathe for its machine shop, the Rutland-based company quickly opted for the heavy-duty Colchester Magnum from 600 UK.
“The larger capacity end of the work we do, is also the lower quantity of our work,” says managing director Darren Grainger. “We have all the latest CNC machine tool technology, but with the Colchester Magnum centre lathe we can just hop on the machine, do a quick turnaround job and get it out the door in the time that many CNC jobs would take to set.
“The Colchester Magnum also has the largest diameter-to-length ratio of all our machines, and will take the heaviest parts,” he adds. “There are some jobs that come through the door which have to go on the Magnum centre lathe as they wouldn’t fit on our other machines, and we just couldn’t take these jobs otherwise.
“We originally had another machine in the place, but we weren’t happy with our purchase so we replaced it with the Magnum. When making the purchase, we already had a number of 600 UK machines and we didn’t want to buy a Chinese product, as we had been down that route before.”
Referring to the machine specification, Grainger continues: “Whilst I have gone for a machine with an 800 mm swing over the 660 mm variant, the bed is wider and the machine is heavier than any other in its class.”
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