Well, having seen the departure of two lathes and re-organised the workshop - resulting in one very upset Vicmarc and a fairly grumpy RU (more on these issues later), I can now reveal the real reason for the upheaval - Stella the Stubby has arrived!!

So as many of you know I have been somewhat obsessed by the issue of getting hold of an Omega Stubby lathe. Having used one many times and been unable to persuade its owner to part with it I finally managed to get hold of one from a local turner, thanks Ian!

These compact lathes pack a huge punch but are pretty rare in the UK, in fact I think they're pretty rare in most places, but after being loaded and unloaded several times Stella is here. Well actually Stella arrived on the drive and that is when I discovered that they weren't kidding when the said it was heavy.

So as it turned out the first task was actually taking the thing to bits so we had chunks of machine which could be manhandled up the garden and into the workshop...and even that was a struggle! The large number of photographs is in part down to the dismantling and me wanting to take photos of everything so I could fit it all back together again...yes, I've been down that road before....

Stella is an S750 and is in pretty much "as it came from the factory" condition, on reassembling the pieces in the workshop the only issue I had was with the cut-out switch on the lid. Being electrically dyslexic a competent person was called, the electrician arrived squirted some magic spray on it and off we went....I still say all this electricity stuff is black magic!!

The only slight issue was with the short piece of steel tube attached to the vacuum port, when it arrived this had a piece of wood jammed onto the threaded end of the tube, removal of the wood revealed a well and truly mauled set of threads...no matter, easily resolved by a trip to the local blacksmiths shop!

At this point Stella and I are just getting acquainted but it looks like, to borrow a phrase, "This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship" and with that I will admit to being very excited and perhaps taking one or two too many photos...

 

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