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  • monte55
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    Should I have a lathe..."OH YEAH"

    Any lathe is better that no lathe..........you can get a cheap lathe and with a little bit of "tuning up" make it do lots of neat stuff. A quality lathe in the hands of an idiot produces similar results. My smallish lathe and mill help make
    my cnc machine and lots more. Click on links below to see

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  • tdkkart
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    This place is a "don't miss" for owners of mini lathes and mills
    http://littlemachineshop.com/default.php

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  • mattb
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    Also mini-lathes.com, which is an excellent source of info, had good things to say.
    go to
    http://www.mini-lathe.com/Mini_lathe...tm#Which_lathe
    Matt

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  • HMW
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    I bought the 9" x 20" from enco and its not that great. Its not really true. Use it to bore some small holes in the end of shafts and turn a few things. But if I relly want it accurate I have to use the 4 jaw chuck and a dial indicator, sucks , takes too much time. Or maybe its just me

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  • mattb
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    Looks like it will be better than the Brand X they mention, which I have. Your $200 extra will probably be worth it, mine is very useful but it is not a precision unit and a little play is a very bad thing.....
    Also having 14" of travel over 12 would be nice, when you put on the drill/live center section you end up losing about 5" of travel

    Had I had the $ I would/should have gone with one like this
    YMMV
    Matt

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  • SignWave
    started a topic What do you think of this mini lathe?

    What do you think of this mini lathe?

    Hi Guys (& Gals),

    I came to the conclusion that this might be a handy unit to have on hand.
    I'm finding out that my drill press just isnt going to be able to give me the precision I was looking for and yesterday I was making some weld-on hinges for my boats cabinet doors... They looked like they were made by a blindfolded, one handed monkey with epilepsy.... sigh.

    This machine is of course made in china...

    anyone have a better idea? I'd love to hear it

    Rich.
    http://www.ares-server.com/Ares/Ares...oduct&ID=82710
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