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  • 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
    Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

    Miller 251/30A spool
    Syncro200
    Spectrum 625
    O/A
    Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
    Standard modern lathe
    Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
    horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
    Roland XC540 PRO III
    54" laminator
    hammer and screwdriver (most used)
    little dog
    pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

  • #2
    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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    • #3
      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
      Scott
      HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          This place is a "don't miss" for owners of mini lathes and mills
          http://littlemachineshop.com/default.php

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          • #6
            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
            Nick
            Miller 252 Mig
            Miller Cricket XL
            Millermatic 150 Mig
            Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
            2-O/A outfits
            Jet Lathe and Mill
            Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
            DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
            Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
            20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
            Propane Forge
            60" X 60" router/plasma table

            www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTu7wicVCmQ
            Vist my site: www.nixstuff.com
            and check out some of my ironwork and other stuff

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            • #7
              So many choices.... Thanks for all the great links you guys. Ive been doing alot of reading for the last two hours.. My eyes hurt...
              Im not sure if I should go this route or actually go out and get a full size.. The old saying- go big or go home.. kinda applies. The mini thing would be great but what if I want to make something larger than 2" in Dia...
              could leave me a bit stuck and back on square one.
              Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

              Miller 251/30A spool
              Syncro200
              Spectrum 625
              O/A
              Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
              Standard modern lathe
              Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
              horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
              Roland XC540 PRO III
              54" laminator
              hammer and screwdriver (most used)
              little dog
              pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

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              • #8
                That looks like a nice little unit. Go for it.
                AutoArc 230 (MM 210)
                3035 spoolgun
                Spectrum 625
                Dialarc HF w/Coolmate 4

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                • #9
                  You can always buy a bigger one later. I started with a 6x12 24 years ago and now have 2 South Bends plus 2 of the 6x12's...Bob
                  Bob Wright

                  Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
                  http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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                  • #10
                    But Bob, you make little stuff all the time.
                    Syncrowave 250DX
                    Invison 354MP
                    XR Control and 30A

                    Airco MED20 feeder
                    Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 81
                    Smith O/A rig
                    And more machinery than you can shake a 7018 rod at

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                    • #11
                      ...........you can make small stuff on a big lathe, but you can't make big stuff on a small lathe...............

                      A small lathe is a good addition to a shop that already has a big lathe, and vice-versa.


                      Personally, I'd go with bigger before smaller, but it all depends on what you're needs are. I like the 10-12" sizes for my needs.
                      If your needs and space demand a small lathe by all means do it.

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                      • #12
                        looks just like the same 1 that they have at princess auto 4 $499 lots of other manufactures make equipment for them
                        trail blazer 302
                        hypertherm plasma
                        millermatic 251
                        high feq. arc starter
                        suit case (extreme 12vs)
                        o/a torches
                        way to many other tools to list

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by aametalmaster View Post
                          You can always buy a bigger one later. I started with a 6x12 24 years ago and now have 2 South Bends plus 2 of the 6x12's...Bob
                          you've got one too many.. Can I have one? PPPPPPPPPPlease!?!?!
                          A big one....
                          Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

                          Miller 251/30A spool
                          Syncro200
                          Spectrum 625
                          O/A
                          Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
                          Standard modern lathe
                          Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
                          horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
                          Roland XC540 PRO III
                          54" laminator
                          hammer and screwdriver (most used)
                          little dog
                          pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

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                          • #14
                            second choice better than the first?

                            Hi Everybody,
                            This is what I found today... Of course once again it is an offshore.
                            this would be a little better as I have some space restricitons..

                            http://busybeetools.ca/cgi-bin/pictu...7&NTITEM=B2229

                            any thoughts?
                            Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

                            Miller 251/30A spool
                            Syncro200
                            Spectrum 625
                            O/A
                            Precix 5x10 CNC Router12"Z
                            Standard modern lathe
                            Cheap Chinese mill that does the trick... sort of...
                            horizontal 7x12 bandsaw
                            Roland XC540 PRO III
                            54" laminator
                            hammer and screwdriver (most used)
                            little dog
                            pooper scooper (2nd most used...)

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                            • #15
                              A very handy addition

                              Sign, I have a Smithy mill/lathe combo and I LOVE IT. The machine you're looking at is somewhat similar, just without the mill head. Otherwise, if you'll use it, get it! My girlfriend always tells me if purchasing a certain machine or tool makes the shop more efficient and more productive then get it. As long as it's going to be used or needed! If you're looking at getting a smaller machine (like the one your looking at), check out the Smithy lathe/mill combo. I would say worth the "little extra" money to go that route, the mill has come in handy for me. I got mine used and paid $500.00 (well worth it) Let us know what you end up doing.

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