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 Post subject: Mini Lathe, 219$?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 15, 2021 12:40 am 
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This could be a useful tool for some radio resto parts making as well as other hobbies. I guess you could turn table legs for a dollhouse or something! https://usa.banggood.com/24W-Metal-Mini ... mds=search

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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It looks well built but seems like alot of dollars for a small lathe. max around 3/4 diameter to a lttle over 5" long
also note it looks to be 220volt
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Package weight: 3.4KG
Power: 24W
Voltage: 220V / 50Hz EU Plug
Engine speed: 20000rpm
Supported power: DC12V / 2A
Pack size: 32x21x20CM
Processing materials Length: 135mm
Processing material maximum diameter: 20mm
Processing materials: wood plastic, soft metals (aluminum, copper, etc.), glass, plastics.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 15, 2021 1:21 am 
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This is a micro lathe, not very useful unless you are interested in turning miniatures

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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Bought an old vintage mini lathe at a garage sale for $20. Really good quality probably from the 1950s. Never got around to using it for anything so I put it on ebay thinking I'd maybe double or triple my money. Turns out it was some sought after lathe jewelers use as they don't like the newer ones with so many plastic parts. Made well over a grand on it with lots of bidders. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 15, 2021 5:15 am 
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That little thing is basically junk.
It may have enough space above the bed for 20mm (a bit over 3/4" dia.) but you might notice that there is far less room above the crossslide. Any kind of shaft type shape would have to extend over the crossslide so you couldn't do much.
The motor isn't very powerful.
A close look at the jaws in the chuck shows they are just cast and not machined surfaces, that means if you chucked a round piece it would not run true, but wobble. No mention of a hole through the chuck spindle, so you couldn't feed a rod through and machine the end or cut the rod using the lath.
The description makes no claim you can used it on steel, yet it does list glass!
I think I could go on, but I won't.

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24 Watts ??? with typical efficiencies that motor may deliver 1/40 horsepower. Compare with a hand drill.......

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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Maybe better than chucking some stock in a drill motor and using a file. Maybe.


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Coil winding :D

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Chas wrote:
Coil winding :D


At 20,000 rpm, better be quick :)

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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tinwhisker wrote:
Chas wrote:
Coil winding :D
At 20,000 rpm, better be quick :)
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Motor support infinitely variable speed control and positive and negative rotation
Much more than quick, inventive...

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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Where I used to work they had a sort of mini lathe, but not that mini. Was not some import of unknown quality. I used it from time to time. But it got very little use and alot of people just chucked stuff in it to polish. I would enjoy having one of those for the uncommon things but I could not justify spending alot for the amount of use.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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A small lathe can come in handy.
I got a Sherline years ago, they of course were a bit cheaper then.
https://www.sherline.com/sherline-bench ... on-lathes/

I recently used one to solve a problem I had. On a Japanese oscilloscope, dating from the 1980's, a 10 turn miniature pot went bad. The part is obsolete. It had a 10 counting knob, that fit a 3 mm shaft, that I wanted to retain. I found a miniature 10 turn pot that was reasonably priced but it had a smaller shaft, 0.095 inch diameter. I was able to drill a 1/2 inch deep 0.096" hole in the end of a 0.120" shaft to act as an adapter. I wasn't sure I could do it, but it works fine!

A earlier small lathe that was common back in the 1960s was the EMCO Unimat.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1Y1nkr6v2M

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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I know a lot of people are negative about this, but I had a Harbor Freight mini-lathe for many years, until it was lost in the 2017 Fires. Weighed 100 lbs and had a DC motor with variable speed drive. It had a 4 inch chuck, but I later got a 5 inch chuck.

http://w3hwj.com/index_files/lathe.html

It was great for shaft couplings, knobs, pulleys... anything out of brass, aluminum, or wood. I could work steel but with shallow cuts.

Unlike the Sherline, the HF has a cast iron bed which is machined.

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These knobs were early and my skills got better.

I made over a dozen heat dissipating plate caps for folks here on ARF. These are from 1.25" aluminum rod.

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HF lathes are more expensive now, but probably half the cost of a Sherline.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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That HF lathe is bigger so can handle larger pieces.
The Sherline is more precisely made, almost as good as a jeweler's lathe, but they are somewhat overpriced. The Sherline lathe can handle larger stuff than the jeweler's lathe.
Most HF, Chinese made stuff often needs to be gone through to improve its operation, however modifying and making accessories is part of using machine tools.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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Maybe the Taig lathe? https://taigtools.com/product/10171-starter-set-1/

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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mrx wrote:

Oh yes. I was trying to remember the brand of the other lathe I was looking at when in the market for one.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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I have a Craftsman 109 lathe that I don't use but its more nostalgic than anything. They bring some crazy prices though.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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Small lathes are handy. Larger ones can be also. Nice to have more than one, just in case.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
PostPosted: Sep Fri 17, 2021 6:13 pm 
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flyboy71 wrote:
I have a Craftsman 109 lathe that I don't use but its more nostalgic than anything. They bring some crazy prices though.


I had one of those. I consider it the worst lathe ever made.

I used for a year or two and did some good work with it. However, I fought the sloppiness and no graduated dials on it.

I later got a 12x36 Craftsman/Atlas (101 series) lathe and it has proven to be excellent for my needs. The 6" Craftsman lathes are good for small stuff (101 model not 109.)

Note: I had Sherline lathe badged as Craftsman. Was a really nice and accurate lathe but too small for my needs. I did upgrade the motor speed controller that helped with lower speeds and better torque and constant speed.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Lathe, 219$?
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Nice Hardinge Jim :D I have a 10ee in my restore queue

Up to a point larger lathes can be used for small work although the other way around doesn't work. Something in the 8-12" range is a good size for all around work. I used to have a Craftsman that size but moved up to a 15" LeBlond when I got tired of fighting its limitations. That Craftsman lathe was the entry point to a slippery slope that ended with a full machine shop, so beware.


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