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  1. #11

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    ...........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.

  2. #12
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    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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    Quote 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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    Default 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...)

  5. #15

    Thumbs up 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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    Quote Originally Posted by PLWeld View Post
    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.
    Will do PL. Im just starting this little adventure so there is time. I dont want to get something thats going to leave me in the lurch for that one good paying job. So a littel research and some pointers seem to be a good idea.

    You can never ever go wrong if you spend you money on tools.No matter what the cost.
    you can lose you shirt on a car, truck, boat or other toy...no matter what the cost.
    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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    For the past few years, I was wanting a Smithy. I bought my used(barely) Rong Fu type mill for $350. Then a month later I bought a Logan 9"x 16" lathe. I'm glad I have each dedicated machine. Setups take time; a lot more time I would think with an all-in-one machine. Especially if you have to go back & forth from milling to turning.

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    This guy has a nice bit of info on mini lathes - including mods and making must have accessories. Should prove interesting.

    http://www.varmintal.com/alath.htm

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    I have a smaller Clausing bridgeport type machine with auto travel side to side......it's mint. Looking to get $2000 for it if anyone is interested. Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbo38t View Post
    I have a smaller Clausing bridgeport type machine with auto travel side to side......it's mint. Looking to get $2000 for it if anyone is interested. Dave
    Dave,
    Where are you and do you have any pics?
    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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