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Postby Rogue Sub » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:50 pm

Well my house is finally selling which means I get to buy my lathe finally.
You guys have any favorites, good values so on and so forth.
My only experience is with the taig lathe and the really expensive POS on the boat.
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Postby Tony G. » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:57 am

Kevin
Don't spend all your money cost of living is a lot higher up here.
Also the new man buy's the coffee :D
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Postby emspaul » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:42 pm

Kevin,
I have a Prazzie Lathe from Germany.
Once I figured out how to use it (can`t read German) it is a great little Lathe.
Did I mention that I never used one before.
Found it used on Craigs list for shot money.
Now if I only had the milling attachment for it I would have all that I need for my work shop.
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Postby Rogue Sub » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:17 am

Hey now I can have a lathe and still get everyone some coffee you know! I can just skimp out and get a gallon at duncan!

I do need to watch craigs list dont i!
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Postby Pirate » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:25 am

I thought I was buying a multi-position lathe on craig's list and next thing I knew a scantily-clad woman showed up at my front door. Turns out I bought a lay on craig's list. Thought it was kind of cheap for a lathe. :)
Be careful on craig's list.
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Postby Rogue Sub » Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:35 pm

Yeah yeah yeah but was she hot?
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Postby emspaul » Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:48 pm

Are you sure it was a she?
Kevin,
Graig`s list is like any thing else .
There are a lot of good people on there .
I have only delt with one really weird guy.
And I got a better deal because I delt with him.
I hate when you e-mail people and they don`t e-mail back.
Remember you can always get one of those china made hobby lathes for around 500.00 and buy the milling attachment for another 400.00 or so.
Since you are heading up this way there is a place in Stoughton Ma. that sells them.
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Postby Rogue Sub » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:20 pm

Yeah I may ultimately end up working in maryland at the power plant there in a year or 2
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Postby Sub culture » Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:52 pm

If you can sniff out a local model engineering society, you'll often find good quality S/HG machines come up fro sale at keen prices.

If you have the space a larger machine is much nice to work with, and will give you more flexibility.

My Lathe cost £50. It's a Harrison gap bed that can swing 24" if need be. Overkill for subs, but there is no limit with a machine this size.

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My Dore Westbury mill cost £100 and is much better than anything you'd get from China IMO.

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Postby Rogue Sub » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:19 pm

Ive been looking at one from micro mark
http://www.ares-server.com/Ares/Ares.as ... t&ID=82710

And one from proxxon
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Postby Tony G. » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:36 pm

Kevin
That is a legal knock off of the Proxxon we talked about. It is a good machine just not as accurate. Eather way you go will be fine for the work we do. Your right the Proxxon is approx. $1000.00. Kevin with the Proxxon you can at a later date add a milling attachment for approx. $700.00
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Postby JWLaRue » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:38 pm

Kevin,

I have one of these lathes. Unless you are looking to do extremely exacting work (e.g. gunsmithing?), these are good value for the money plus there are lots of add-ons and such that can be used to enhance the base unit.

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Postby Rogue Sub » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:38 pm

Yes the micro mark also offers the mill machine attachment aswell. I just dont know how toy use one.....yet.

DOes anyone have the taige website aswell. Need to make sure I check everything out. I even looked at harbor freight.
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Postby Rogue Sub » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:49 pm

Jeff which one do you have?

You guys seen these things? I am gonna guess the quality is not up to par.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/d ... mber=39743
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Postby JWLaRue » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:50 pm

The Harbor Freight lathes and mills are essentially the same products as the Micromark with one major difference: the Micromark units have true Imperial (inch) feedscrews while the Harbor Freight units are metric screws with (at best) re-labeled vernier dials that can cause some problems.

Of course, you could always buy upgrade kits from Micromark for the HB units.

There is one additional difference when it comes to the lathes. The MM unit is a 7x14 bed and the HB unit is a 7x10 or 7x12.

When you make your move from Virginia to Connecticut, you're welcome to stop by my place to see a MM lathe and a HB mill.......

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