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PostSubject: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyWed Oct 02, 2019 5:47 pm

So guys I’m after a new lathe for my workshop..

Problem is there are so many cheap Chinese ones out there sporting crap plastic gears or under powered belt drives or just piss poor quality, I’m struggling to find one that will five years or carefree use...

So I’m looking for suggestions and links, so if any of you have a small mini lathe or know of good ones let me know! 

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyThu Oct 03, 2019 4:55 pm

Hi Mate, how much do you want to spend??

I have had one of these for about 6 years now & I haven't managed to break it yet!!! 

https://shop.chesterhobbystore.com/collections/lathes/products/conquest-super-lathe

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyThu Oct 03, 2019 5:06 pm

Between £500/700 not including tooling and tail stock extras, that looks like one I looked at but didn’t state of the change gears are plastic like so many cheap ones... ??

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyThu Oct 03, 2019 7:00 pm

why do you want a mini lathe, Aron, as it isn't much smaller than my Myford ML10, and that is bigger than a Myford ML 7, and you don't get plastic gears in those. 

I've had my myford for 25 years and it was second hand then...………..it doesn't have a milling attachment like the mini lathes but I've never needed one for modelling anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyThu Oct 03, 2019 10:50 pm

NI’m going to start making a slide valve and isolating steam engine shortly so that’s the main reason for the lathe also I have quite a few projects that require fittings that I can’t buy easily but I know I can make them specifically for the boats.. sadly I do t have room for a Myford even 2nd hand so it has to be a minature one but capable of doing the job I need, as for a milling machine attachment that’s a bit far for now most of the things I need are just turned but option for a mill would be handily later on

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyThu Oct 03, 2019 11:19 pm

thought it might be space matey...………. the good thing about the modern mini lathes ism that you can usually add a mill attachment later...…….can't do that with a myford as they are separate units that stand alone.
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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyThu Oct 03, 2019 11:47 pm

Saw a fully restored myford on eBay today £3k lol looks stunning 
 
Just a shame I’ve not got the space or I might have sold one of the kids for it lol!


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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyFri Oct 04, 2019 5:44 am

Aron mine is a Taig, Peatol in the UK.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_gN13LaoPU
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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyFri Oct 04, 2019 9:29 am

I’ll have a search for that one in a moment Damien, 

Here’s what I’ve been looking at....

Two options, one being plastic gears but the machine looks very well made...

https://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-model-engineer-series-c1-micro-lathe-505101

The other has lesser features but is belt driven with only a tensioner to change speeds...

https://www.axminster.co.uk/proxxon-fd150e-lathe-splash-guard-6-pce-cutting-set-package-deal-717739


To be fair I’ve been leaning to the first one linked, even with the plastic gears as I can prob get metal gears as an upgrade but that said I need to spend another £30 on the threading gear set too along with a Chuck head stock, etc etc....

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyFri Oct 04, 2019 10:53 am

The Taig/Peatol comes as a kit.

 http://taig.com.au/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=7&zenid=815a04afa7c20ad62402b330152fd5a1

the $499 AUD converts to 273.30 quid a sewing machine motor works ok for smaller jobs I converted mine with a 24v motor from a mobility scooter.
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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyFri Oct 04, 2019 10:57 am

Link for Peatol UK.

http://www.jeffree.co.uk/Peatol/lathe.html
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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyFri Oct 04, 2019 1:30 pm

I looked at that, not my cup of tea to be honest it’s lacking some key components and functions it’s also smaller than I was looking for, also other issues is to mount it and a motor ( I really don’t want another diy project I want out of the box and works), tool lock is also on the back.... I’m not leaning over a lathe again....

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptySat Oct 05, 2019 3:49 pm

I bought one of the early peatol lathes for our school for kids to get used to before progressing on to the boxfords we had...……...the peatol was just so basic it was crap...……..easier to put the kids on to the big boys toys to begin with.
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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptySun Oct 06, 2019 5:02 pm

I’m currently bidding on an old unimat SL trying to decide its value now as its hitting new lathe territory lol guess we’ll see who snipers me at the end £350 or £400..... dum dum dum...

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptySun Oct 06, 2019 8:05 pm

Lathe issue resolved, managed to win a decent condition unimat SL + extras on eBay for £400, should do the job nicely for what I need already sorted replacement spindle head bearing set in case those are knackered... hopefully it arrives as described... I expect a rebuild log might show up on the forum when it arrives to clean up the machine...

But not a bad price for a solid machine... fingers crossed! 


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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyTue Oct 08, 2019 2:56 pm

LOOKS a nice solid bit o' kit there Aron...……….hope you are pleased with it when you get it all set up.
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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyTue Oct 08, 2019 8:56 pm

Lathe arrived today next day delivery, all works flawlessly no give in the bearings, apart from some surface rust/blemishing a bit of pitting in the rails where the slide doesn’t run but and flaky paint works fine, tested on brass bronze and steel. I’ll run it for a while as is, and come next year I’ll strip it down and repaint it, and give it a good restoration...

It dose need some new belts but that was expected...

I was pleased to see even in this state the motor has barely been used.... a very good sign sing the brushes are still over just over half inch long! All in all a good machine, guess the old sayings true, old machines still run better than the latest gadget!

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyWed Oct 09, 2019 9:10 am

these are the best mini lathes going. I bought mine 10 years ago and the motor is still going strong. keep it well oiled and and it will live you out lol. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyFri Oct 11, 2019 10:29 am

It’s running fine... the run off is also minimal. I do have to pick up a new set of tools for cutting the ones came with do not center up anymore simply because they have been sharpen to much ( probably with a grinder not a sharpening stone) I also cleaned up the head stock and removed the rust it’s now new and shiny! Along with a light buffing on the rails, basically I stripped it cleaned the funk off and put it back together... works great...

The only flaw I’ve found is the original on off switch... it’s tripped The power twice in the house when I go to turn it on, so I’ll have to replace that, but better the machine needs mounting on a base board long term I’ll factor this in...

Probably and nvr switch or a standard fused switch would work... I’m not a fan of the Chinese safely switches, guess we’ll see...

I’m also looking for the auto feed system as and extra for the tool ( helps with threading) so if anyone has that upgrade laying about send it my way! Only one I found on eBay so far costs £300 and it’s just not with it for a threaded bar and two mounting points!

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyFri Oct 11, 2019 10:31 am

David is yours the dB? I’m interested in your head stock chuck... ( I also need to find a 4 jaw)... but because the unimat sl is a screwed on plate and not threaded to the spindle it’s hard to find an off the shelf one...

Where did u get it?

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyFri Oct 11, 2019 4:41 pm

the stock chuck came with it but i had to get new chuck for drill bits. this I got from USA I will try and find the web site when I next go into my garage, having health problems at the moment sorry. but they did sell a lot of spares.


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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyFri Oct 11, 2019 5:45 pm

hi arron,

just been looking in my files and found the place I used for drill chuck. its called,

blueridgemachinery& tools. USA, the drill chuck cost me $60 dollers US. they sell used and new parts they gave me excellent service.
also 
sherline,com have not used them but recommended  by some one. they have chucks to suit the 12mm x 1 thread.

i have got the 12mm x 1mm  tap in the 3 sizes start to finish, if you are thinking of making a face plate etc.

while going through my files I found i bought mine in 2007  (shut your eyes) for £99.00 so if that is the going price you paid then i have made a nice profit. 

also forgot i have the operating instructions for the unimat  3rd edition if you want a scan of it let me no. 

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PostSubject: Re: Wanted mini lathe suggestions   Wanted mini lathe suggestions EmptyFri Oct 11, 2019 9:47 pm

Thanks for the info something to look into, I need a few extras so that will come in handy, the lathe came with a face plate so I’m golden there, it also came with ty e original manual in very good condition, so a scan is not needed, I think the 3rd edition differs ina. Few areas to the SL 1000...

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