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simplyloco:
I'm still getting the monthly eyeball injections, there is some improvement. My EMCO V10P is great, but I need to get closer to the work, especially small bits that I'll find on my Stuart Triple, so I took the plunge and bought a second hand Cowells 90ME on you know where. The thread title sounds like a contradiction, but I can put it at eyelevel and use a head visor.

It's 15 years old, and looks well used,  but everything is adjustable, and it comes with lots of kit i.e.

Slitting saw, rear tool post, 2 front posts, 4 collets & Adaptor, 1 blank collet, die holder, fixed steady, angle plate, vertical slide and milling vice, face plate, 3 jaw chuck, 4 jaw chuck, test bar and catch plate plus other bits I don't recognise!
All at sensible money... :whoohoo:
John



Grateful Ted:
Eyeball injections canít be much fun, but Iíve found as I get older I need to *modify* my lifestyle a wee bit.
I now need to stay off ladders, but I wonít bore you with that outcome.
That Cowells looks very capable & itíll be great fun.
Cheers, GT

Jo:
Nice buy  8)

If your eyesight is not so good I would recommend a DRO  ;)

 :headscratch: Why did she come with a spare headstock? Did someone over tighten it?  :noidea:

Jo

P.S. I hope you are going to replace that mains plug for one with insulated pins  :zap:

simplyloco:

--- Quote from: Jo on October 17, 2022, 05:39:42 PM ---If your eyesight is not so good I would recommend a DRO  ;)

 :headscratch: Why did she come with a spare headstock? Did someone over tighten it?  :noidea:

Jo

P.S. I hope you are going to replace that mains plug for one with insulated pins  :zap:

--- End quote ---

Good advice. A whole new world is opening up!

GWRdriver:
Hello John,
Sensible money is a good thing!   :ThumbsUp:  I once owned an ME90, acquired for sensible money because I thought it would be good for my Gauge-1 and other small work.  It was, but so was my main lathe.

The problem I had with the Cowells was power.  I don't know if it was under-powered, because at any given setting belt slippage prevented 100% of the power getting to the spindle.  I wrote it down to the plastic belts and felt that rubber or Brammer-type belts would have cured the problem.  Other than that it was a very nice little machine.  I elected to sell it off, without replacing the belts, and I later found a CW90 which better suited my needs for small work.

Harry

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