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Postby raalst » Wed Mar 05, 2003 5:13 pm

Hi all,
advance your general tinkering capabilities with a lathe !
in the US small lathes seem to sell for about $400
(in europe it costed me 700 euro..)

If you consider this (a hobby of it's own), have a look at

yahoo minilathe group (also check related groups : somebody
is scanning an publishing lots of old material on "model engineering".
it contains a wealth of how-to info on lathes and related
skills like drilling etc.)

this is the definitive site for that type of minilathe but it's
links and lots of info is of a more general type

These are just starting points for your exploration.
They took me a while to find, so I decided to put them
up here.

I really like the capabilities these lathes bring into reach :
- selfmade hydraulics and valves
- sturdy parts and accessories (like brass periscopes)
- selfmade gears and bolts
- selfmade piston tanks
- selfmade compressors
and everything I have not thought of until today

have yourself yet another hobby

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Postby Tom Spettel » Wed Mar 05, 2003 10:50 pm

Yes they are very nice.. I have the Sherline mill with digital read out. sher line has a very nice line of machines as well parts and tooling.
I also have a taig lathe. its nice..
i would call it a beginer lathe, Taig
also has is good for parts but dosent
have as much tooling to offer.
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Postby Britt Boyette » Thu Mar 06, 2003 11:12 am

Maybe Tom, but a Taig sure beats the #### out of a hand drill mounted in a vice. Been there, done that.
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Postby Bigdave » Fri Mar 07, 2003 9:48 am

I had a taig it was a nice little lathe. I now have a bigger G4000 Grizzly 9x20 lathe. I have have had a few problems with it. The quality on the asian machines is not as good as the ones made here. But alot cheeper. My best friend has a Sherline lathe and mill. They are strictly for small stuff but they are excellent machines. Alot better than my taig was. I would check E-bay and other places and look for a used Sherline if I was going to do it again. The smaller Grizzly Mini lathe (also sold by others) has a large following on the Net. Search the web, I found alot of info on fixes for the problems for my lathe up there. It now cuts alot better. I also have the Grizzly mini mill G8689. It is a great machine. I find I use the mill much more than the lathe anyway. Join the fun and (Throw some chip's) Good Luck.

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