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    Default Colchester 15 x 50 lathe value

    So I chanced upon a Clausing Colchester 15 x 50 and Im wondering what its worth. Was told to make an offer, dont want to offend the guy with a lowball, and am curious what these things are worth these days. Few dings in the bed under the chuck. Looks used but not abused. Whaddya guys think?

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    Check ebay listings; might find similar to get an idea.
    I don't know if location in Alaska makes any difference.
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    I've seen a few over the last year or so locally listed for $5k-$8k. Now whether any actually sold for that much I can't say...

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    Square head? Round head? Matrix clutch vs the other (can’t recall name, but almost no parts available for the other), what does headstock sound like in all speeds? Coolant filled apron with rusted out gears etc? Fixed and travelling steadies? What voltage?

    Positives- easy to move- if square head it has a tapped hole in bed at balance point. Many parts are available, but pricey. Nice size that can fit in a garage. Not a Monarch, or even a TOS, but imho having had a bunch of hours on one, not a bad lathe.

    Post pics please.

    Condition, condition, condition!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BernieB View Post
    So I chanced upon a Clausing Colchester 15 x 50 and Im wondering what its worth. Was told to make an offer, dont want to offend the guy with a lowball, and am curious what these things are worth these days. Few dings in the bed under the chuck. Looks used but not abused. Whaddya guys think?
    If you end up passing on the lathe, and it's OK with you and the seller, how about PM'ing me with some info. Thanks.

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    Was told everything in Alaska is double the price due to transport, I don’t imagine you’ve got a vast choice up there so you might have to go higher than eBay at a guess, they are however good machines but spares are a bit salty
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    These hold there value very well along with LeBlond and in my opinion are probably the two best selling general purpose lathes in the used market. You don't mention what style/age of machine it is. If its the more modern style with the rotating gear selector and the red Clausing badge on the front that its easily a $4500-7500 machine at a mid-west auction (based on condition and chucks). I've seen older round head Colchester and more modern clones selling for $3000-4000. I'd assume it worth far more in AK.

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    In a retail setting, I would place its value between $5 and $10,000. At auction, I would expect it to bring between $3 and $10,000. For insurance purposes, I'd use $125,000.

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    Pictures?

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    "clausing colchester" could mean about 60 years. the older, Harrison-looking ,rounded
    head versions were very stout. i don't have any experience with the
    newish - jelly-bean shifter plastic looking models, nor the clones. they do boast
    a 3 inch bore.. but that's about it.


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