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Looking into buying a lathe, anybody....

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  • Member since
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  • From: Napa, Ca
Looking into buying a lathe, anybody....
Posted by DrCemento on Friday, February 27, 2004 11:07 AM

Know anything about them? I'm a huge fan of the old FSM master Paul Budzik and was always impressed with the myriad of uses he had for it - on top of that I really want to start making masters for low key resing production of my own Radial engines Etc, instead of buying all the kits! I noticed micro mark has a kini wood lathe for a resonable price and was wondering If I needed something more along the lines of a machinist lathe? Anyhelp or sit recommendations would be great!
Model builder formerly posting as jbatesc6
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 27, 2004 11:20 AM
Machinst lathe is the way to go!!!! (don't own one yet) but have worked on them
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 28, 2004 1:18 AM
Check out I know Woody from here has one, and I'm really, really, really interested in them too.... You might want something bigger (these things are pretty tiny), but it would be perfect for anything I'd do with it!!

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  • From: Sunny Florida
Posted by renarts on Saturday, February 28, 2004 1:28 PM
Depends on what you want to do. If its only small work then a pen lathe or micro lathe would be ideal. Find one with a variable speed and an indexing attachment. If you want to do big work or jump back and forth then I'd check out a machinists lathe or a good wood lathe.
Check out Grizzley, they have all three and are quite affordable.

If you want to do some samples or see if thats the way you want to go, make a jig for a drill press if you have one and use it as a vertical lathe. I have made tank gun barrels on mine and am very pleased with the success. I have made some simple jigs for my wood lathe and have used it with similar success.

The key is going to be sharp tools regardless of which way you go. If you can afford it, a machinist lathe may be the way to go. But you will have to produce alot of pieces to make it worth while if its your sole reason for buying it.

Mike "Imagination is the dye that colors our lives" Marcus Aurellius A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn...that was fun!"
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Posted by Hoser on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 12:28 PM
There is a thread about this on the Scale Auto site. I did a couple of posts regarding the Unimat lathe / mill.
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Posted by Woody on Saturday, March 13, 2004 1:32 PM
I thought I'd chime in as I recently went through the same search. I finally went with a Clisby "Combo 1000" package. This package consists of a 15" metal lathe and a mini milling machine. I was looking for something that was going to fill my needs for modeling and prototyping. I wasn't happy with the little unimat 1, the old unimat tools are high priced when you can find them, and the rest of new lathes I looked at were also expensive. While reading up on the Sherline range of quality lathes I heard about their inventor Mr. Clisby. I did a web search and low and behold he had started his own company back in his native Australia. I looked over his site and realized I could buy a lathe and a mill for less than what I could get even a cheap Chinese lathe for! I ordered my tools and had to wait seven weeks for them because I ordered during the Christmas rush. All I can say is it was well worth the wait and I couldn't be happier with them. Approve [^]

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