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Old 07-24-2002, 03:03 AM
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Has anyone got a suggestion on a lathe and accessories needed that would address the issues in this hobby.

ie. manufac and reworking landing gear...eng parts...etc...

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Old 07-24-2002, 02:02 PM
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Get the biggest and best you can afford. The little hobby types are not to good, especially if you need accuracy. You can do small items on a big lathe but you sure can't do big jobs on the little hobby type. Even if you get a used big lathe, you will be better off than with a hobby type.
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Keep an eye out for private auctions in your area.
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Scott:

I had an European mfg. Uni-Mat lathe back in the 80's. It was
well made, but is very small with about a 2" throw and ~ 4" bed
travel. Today they are probably $500.00. If you were to call a
used industrial machinery tool outlet shop, they might have a
jewelers lathe or an older 4"x 12" lathe for $200.00 +- . The small
units won't have a threading ability. Harbor Freight used to offer a
small unit by Enco, and another one to check out is Jett. These are made in Korea or China and allow you to cut threads, get an
optional 4 jaw and have a better gear change than the simple belt drive.

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