Refurbished machines cost college around 50% less

Sorted Machine Sales recently sourced and refurbished four pre-owned Harrison M300 lathes for the Salisbury campus of Wiltshire College & University Centre. The investment will help the campus establish a new, fully equipped engineering department ready for its first influx of T-Level students and apprentices in September 2023.

“Due to the unfortunate closure of the local UTC, we’ve been investing heavily in an engineering department for Salisbury, which includes a machine shop,” explains Ben Elger, deputy head of department – engineering (automotive) at Wiltshire College & University Centre. “We inherited five lathes and five mills from the UTC and wanted a machine tool specialist to inspect them.”

Sorted Machine Sales is a long-standing partner of the established engineering department at the nearby Chippenham campus of Wiltshire College & University, so Elger reached out.

“Upon inspection, Sorted concluded that although the mills were good, the lathes were not fit for purpose,” he says. “They made some proposals and we opted for four reconditioned lathes. From our homework we saw the Harrison M300s as a good bridge between academia and industry, with a solid reputation for longevity.”

After sourcing the pre-owned lathes, Sorted Machine Sales set about bringing them up to scratch.

“We performed a comprehensive strip-down and refurbishment, replacing any worn parts as we went,” explains Marc Bowers, director at Sorted Machine Sales. “We added new coolant hoses, LED lights, safety guards, quick-change tool posts and a DRO. The machines also got a complete repaint. It was the right balance: sourcing decent pre-owned machines when the budget for new wasn’t available. We saved the college around 50% against the price of new machines. Furthermore, we delivered a complementary tooling package that included cutting tools, chucks, centres and tool holders.”

Concludes Elger: “Sorted were fantastic from the outset, providing us with solid options. Furthermore, the machines look immaculate; you wouldn’t think they were reconditioned. Sorted will now service and maintain the machines on our behalf.”
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