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02-09-2006 02:51 AM  12 years agoPost 1
dustyattic

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What brand would you recommend in a MINI Lathe (10 inch or so) Mill or Combo? Price is one factor. I'm not made of money, but I can put a little back if it's a good buy for the money.

I can completely sacrafice convience and the like in favor of reliability and quality of work. I don't care if it takes 30 min to change gears or tools, as long as I can make a quality piece with it in the end.

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02-10-2006 10:04 PM  12 years agoPost 2
TMoore

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Try Micro Mark. They have a decent mill and lathe that IMHO, is ideal for making small parts.

TM

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02-25-2006 12:52 AM  12 years agoPost 3
RGM

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Dustyattic
A 10 inch lathe is pretty big. Lathes go by swing as in the diameter that can be chucked and turned. The best combo lathe and mill that I have seen would be the UNIMAT (I think that I spelled it right) There are some at Harbor Freight that will work for a while. Look for one that is graduated in inches (.000) with an even number to each turn of the dial. My south Bend is .125 to the turn (radius) and it is easy for someone that has little experience. Millimeters are OK too if you can relate to them, they are easier to use also but make sure that it is an even count per revolution of the dial (5mm not 5.25mm or something odd)

Keep your tool on center and good luck
Robert

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03-05-2006 02:46 AM  12 years agoPost 4
sp1nm0nkey

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Go buy a taig if you want a mini lathe, or buy a used hardinge clone (Sharp/Feeler) if you want something bigger.

If you want a mini mill, get a taig, or get a used bridgeport if you want something bigger.

A Bridgeport or real Hardinge could be compared to a Stratus or Avant, wonderful machining, absolute perfection. A Sharp/Feeler could be compared to a Raptor 90, less expensive, but still very very nice. A Taig could be compared to a T-Rex, small, does a lot of the big stuff, but still not as rigid or stable. Harbor Freight or delta or grizzley could be compared to something a few shades above walkera, cheap workmanship, and they'll last for maybe a month or two of hard use.

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03-05-2006 07:03 AM  12 years agoPost 5
CK_

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I've got a Taig mill with CNC motor mounts. You can easily swap hand cranks to make it a manual mill. It has 12" of X travel. I upgraded to a better mill. The Taig or Sherline are both good entry level hobby mills. Let me know if you're interested.

Chris

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03-08-2006 12:22 AM  12 years agoPost 6
gavoss

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http://www.shoptask.com

I've found the above 3 in 1 machine to be the best made machine out there. I've looked for nearly 20 years and just dropped my cash yesterday and got a used 1722XMXT Gold model for less than $1500 + shipping. It will do all i need and more. It's upgradeable to CNC for an additional $2500 or the new machine without CNC is $2995 + 2495 for the CNC upgrade. That's a useable CNC machine for less than $5K.

Unless you need a production quality lathe or mill, I'd recommend this one.

Mr. Hunt, This is Mission Impossible.
Difficult should be a walk in the park.

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04-26-2006 04:53 PM  12 years agoPost 7
dleroi123

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I'm happy with my Central Machinery 7" x 10" mini-lathe from Harbor Freight. It was a little sloppy out of the box, but easy to set up and fine tune. There are plenty of users' groups and "how-to" guidance online. I'm thinking of getting the sister milling machine - I'm not really into the combos. After getting the lathe, I found many more uses for it than I ever thought I would have.

- Don LeRoi

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04-26-2006 05:19 PM  12 years agoPost 8
Colin Mill

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Perhaps a bit bigger than you are thinking of but if you can find one a Myford is quite simply delightful - you just want to make stuff to have an excuse to use it. They are never sold cheap but they hold their value so well the cost of ownership is zero or even negative.

That Sport 500 you just got could keep you busy on the lathe

Best regards

Colin

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12-14-2008 09:39 PM  9 years agoPost 9
realtorjdf

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wayne,nj

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Best mini lathe 7x14 from http://www.micromark.com in the US

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12-15-2008 01:32 AM  9 years agoPost 10
daytona7

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Mini-Lathes
Had a Sherline a few years back that was very reasonable priced and worked just as good as the higher priced ones.

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