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Unread postAuthor: Alster370 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:31 am

Ok thanks for the heads up. spotted this one on ebay, looks ok.

EDIT: distance between the two centres is 170mm which isn't bad.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 500wt_1156
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Unread postAuthor: LovableAirGuns » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:01 am

that looks awesome, me personally i think old lathes look better than new but that's my opinion.

That red one is probably better since it has auto feeding and it also has like 55mins left on it.
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Unread postAuthor: Alster370 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:53 am

It does look lovely because its old, I would doefinately enjoy refurbuishing it. :D Anyone know the distance between the two centres on this lathe? Cant find any info on it.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280727188741? ... 500wt_1156
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Unread postAuthor: LovableAirGuns » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:18 am

probably the length of a coke can or something like that
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Unread postAuthor: Alster370 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:07 pm

A useful unit of measurement :D I've sent the seller an email because at the end of the day I can only pick one lathe, so I need to know everything about each one I have short-listed. The flexispeed lathe didnt get any bids, price was a bit high anyway. :D
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Unread postAuthor: Technician1002 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:29 pm

Unimat lathes were quite popular with hobbyists for a while. For a size reference, the motor on that one is most often a motor from a sewing machine. The belts are ones used in vacuum cleaners to run the brush bar. Their biggest two shortcomings are the limited power due to the motor and belts, and the flexibility of the lathe bed. They are not nearly as rigid as a lathe with a cast iron late bed. They are OK for making very small parts, but lack the power and stiffness to handle cutting larger parts.

My dad has one he inherited from his dad. They are a little longer than a sewing machine and about 1/2 as high.
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Unread postAuthor: Alster370 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:38 am

Thanks for the info, I just find it hard to get info about these lathes because they are all just listed as unimat lathe, not with an actual model number or name. I would be happy to replace parts anyway, such as a new powerful motor and belts etc.

EDIT: Found a large lathe on ebay, looks decent and the price isn't too high at the moment. The seller hasn't identified the make or model, anyone help out? thanks.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 500wt_1034

Also are Wade type lathes any good , nice looking one here:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 717wt_1017
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Unread postAuthor: LovableAirGuns » Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:00 am

Look up: lathes.co.uk
its got all the information on every lathe that was ever made.
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Unread postAuthor: Alster370 » Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:44 pm

Thoughts on this one? looks like the one I might be going for:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI. ... 537wt_1139
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Unread postAuthor: LovableAirGuns » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:02 pm

it looks pretty good but are sure your not going to be using mateterial that isn't past 7inches because that's pretty small.

Heres some lathe i though you might want to have a look at, all of them are under 200 and there's one going for 200

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Metal-Working ... 500wt_1156

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/METAL-TURNING ... 500wt_1156

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1908-model-dr ... 500wt_1156

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/metal-working ... 500wt_1156
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:03 am

Don't forget that if you're boring out a part, you need to subtract the length of the chuck and drill bit from the maximum length you can work with...
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Unread postAuthor: Alster370 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:40 pm

I didn't decide to ask for that one in the end, and Im glad because with 6 days to go I found this amazing priced lathe:

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/lathe ... 5/86983162

This lathe isn't known for being rubbish I take it? :D I was looking though a blog of a man who makes various steam engines, all of which are stunning quality with all the parts done on this lathe in particular. Link if your interested.

http://www.glue-it.com/model-engineerin ... index.html
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:11 pm

Alster370 wrote:This lathe isn't known for being rubbish I take it? :D


Soviet philosophy and German craftsmanship, at that price snap it up :D
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Unread postAuthor: Alster370 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:45 am

Just down to persuasive skills to get my dad to buy it before its too late :D
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Unread postAuthor: Alster370 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:41 am

Im unsure on which cutting bits I should be using for each job.(No manual or anything was included with the cutting bits). Ive currently been using the one first one on the left for a cutoff tool, im guessing its the wrong one right?

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=lathe+ ... 29,r:4,s:0

Thanks :D
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