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 Post subject: mini lathe
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:09 pm 
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Hi Chaps; recent events have me looking around for lathes again. I don't know much about metal lathes, so I'm asking you all. Could anyone tell me what a decent hobby lathe would be? I would like to crown barrels and turn muzzle breaks, etc.
And are those Milling/Lathe combos (Force) any good? I know some of you guys have great big rigs, I'm just looking for a bench top model. The ones I see in the buy and sell seem to be too big or too cheap looking. Speaking of cheap looking, does anyone have any experience with those Unimat units?
Thanks in Advance, Pete


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:04 pm 
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Check out this website: http://www.mini-lathe.com/
I used it to research minilathes and minimills when i had to buy one.


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 Post subject: Re: mini lathe
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:29 pm 
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I have been thinking about crossing the border and buying one at Harbor Freight... http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=95012 Then I spent all my $ on a new AG :D

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 Post subject: Re: mini lathe
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:17 pm 
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IMHO the Unimats are not rigid enough for any serious work.... I have one and I only use it as a small drill press.... :evil:

I would have a look at this Mini-Lathe, on sale at Busy Bee Tools:

http://busybeetools.ca/cgi-bin/picture10?NTITEM=B1979C

Certainly looks like a good deal, regularly $899 on for $588 until March 14.... :shock:
One thing I see that I like is that the headstock is a #3 MT (13/16" bore).... quite a decent size for a small lathe.... :wink:
They had a bigger one as well (10 x 18) that's on sale at $1088 (regularly $1299).... 4 times the weight, though.... :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: mini lathe
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:06 pm 
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OMG! That 4"x5" lathe is so cute! I'll bet it'll fit on my mill table (and my mill table is tiny at 4"x12").
The spindle bore is listed as 7/16", that's the size of a Crosman barrel. It would be be the biggest long thing that you could turn.

The Busy Bee 7"x8" is a better deal. The spindle bore is IIRC 3/4" (although the hole through the back of the chuck is only 5/8"). House of tools has the same lathe with digital readouts on the cross slide and top slide and a set of 5 cutters for a bit more than the Busy Bee lathe on sale (a bit less than regular price).
Princess Auto has the same lathe as well for $799 and they go on sale for as little as $499 every now and then.

Little Machine Shop has tons of accessories and spare parts for these lathes.

Combination machines are a compromise. . . like an enduro. . . not great in the dirt or on the street. The only Combo machine that I would consider is the Sieg M6. The first thing I would do when I got it is pull the Mill head off and order the mill base from LMS. If you can find one in Canada, let me know, I need to upgrade from my 7"x12" at some point.

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 Post subject: Re: mini lathe
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:20 pm 
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I have a little lathe i would sell
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