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Looking for a Cheap little metal hobby lathe recommendation

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  • Looking for a Cheap little metal hobby lathe recommendation

    Hello

    After downsizing I am in a wish/want of a Small Metal lathe to fill my needs for R.C sub parts making.

    Can anyone recommend any brand names that have after market parts also available and is fairly cheap?

    Thanks for your Time.
    George


  • #2
    Taig!

    and cheap options:

















    David
    "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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    • #3
      Hi
      Thanks for the multiple ideas. Boy the workshop must be a wonderland!

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      • #4
        The best value is a well looked after secondhand machine. They will tend to come with an array of useful accessories like a 4-jaw chuck, face plate, live and dead centres, jacobs chuck- nearly all of which you'll usually have to buy extra if purchasing a new machines and which can easily double the cost.

        Most model engineers tend to go for a lathe of around 3.5" chuck size, as they offer plenty of versatility and are stout enough to take reasonably serious machining. Myford ML7 has become the gold standard of hobby lathes here in the UK, not sure about across the water.

        Most model submariners can get away with something smaller provided you respect the limitations a diminutive machine imposes.
        DIVE IN! Go on, go on, go on, go on, GO ON! http://www.diveintomodelsubmarines.co.uk

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        • #5
          Why is a four jaw chuck More sought after then a three jaw chuck? I always thought the three jaw chuck was better?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by george View Post
            Why is a four jaw chuck More sought after then a three jaw chuck? I always thought the three jaw chuck was better?
            A three-jaw chuck is easier to use, but does not hold the work with the assurance of a four-jaw chuck. Also, slight off-centric turns can be performed with the four-jaw that you can't do with a three-jaw. And the four-jaw can be set (with the aid of a dial-indicator) to produce a centering to within .0001" -- hard to achieve with a three-jaw, even one that has recently faced jaws.

            Enough. The Internet is your friend. Look this stuff up.

            David
            "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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            • #7
              Thanks for the lesson o wise one.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by george View Post
                Thanks for the lesson o wise one.
                My pleasure, sir.

                David
                "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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                • #9
                  You have Sir Gone beyond and above in helping me with tips and lessons etc.
                  Thank You

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by george View Post
                    You have Sir Gone beyond and above in helping me with tips and lessons etc.
                    Thank You
                    Your very kind. I'm simply passing on what so many taught me. Trades are not genetic, they have to be demonstrated, learned, applied, and improved upon. That's how a Craft grows from generation to generation.

                    David
                    "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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                    • #11
                      Try the one harbor freight sells. For the price it is unbelievable. I was looking at something for $2400 then saw this for $600. What a machine

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