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$72 micro metal lathe at harbor freight

Unread postAuthor: ramses » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:18 pm

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/D ... mber=95012

Probably too small for most members here, but better than nothing


JSR, you could probably import one! gross wt. is only 36 lbs! I calculate $140 for shipping, almost twice the cost of the lathe itself!
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Unread postAuthor: c11man » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:28 pm

great find, anyway to get a slighly larger chuck on it?
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Unread postAuthor: i-will » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:14 pm

i-m about to unveil a much cheaper and super affective alternative to buying a lathe. building one. u'll see me post it pretty soon. by the way, this is an awesome find. u would buy it now if i could. but for now i gotta work with what i got.
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Unread postAuthor: nosnik » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:22 pm

what i got is a hack saw, wood saw. and pliers ...
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Unread postAuthor: c11man » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:51 pm

i did some reasearch and i found the manual that says that if you turn the jaw chucks around you can hold up to a 1 3/4in piece. if that is true then i will very likely buy this as it will fit my piston making need s for many of my projects
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Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:13 am

My god that is tiny. Absolutely microscopic. But I suppose it is perfect for small things.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:16 am

Fork in hell, that would be perfect! Good find, I'll have to check if these are available locally.
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Unread postAuthor: inonickname » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:26 am

Wow..I could easily get that in the chuck of my lathe :lol:

It's tiny and of course good for smaller projects only, but I don't know about it's precision. It's not massively expensive though, so it could be useful.
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Unread postAuthor: Jeeperforlife » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:42 am

Some noob questions.
What could you do with this lathe? Does this have the same functions as a larger one, cutting O ring groves, Cutting threads ect. just on smaller pieces? I have wanted to get one for a wile now and this price point is hard to say no to. I have a harbor freight down the road from me so I can go see it in person and not have to ship it.

If it could do what I need it could come in handy for small high preshure guns.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:03 am

You have to be carefull of the numbers advertized when looking for shop machinary.

For instance my 8" X 12" metal lathe. The first number represents the "swing over bed". It states 8"s but you have to cut that in half.

It is really 4"s from the center of the chuck to the bed. The 8" measurment applies to both sides of the chuck, meaning your work piece can be 8"s as long as it mounts to the chuck in the middle.

jeepforlife wrote:What could you do with this lathe? Does this have the same functions as a larger one, cutting O ring groves, Cutting threads ect.


This lathe would be difficult to cut threads with, but turning smaller stock and cutting o-ring groves would be easily done. It lacks a leed screw and the speed control is electronic, making it hard to cut threads.
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Unread postAuthor: daberno123 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:20 pm

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/siegc-o/

A yahoo group that specializes in this lathe. Looks alright, but I'd save your money for a mini-lathe...
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Unread postAuthor: c11man » Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:18 pm

i am seriously considering buying this and am wondering what kind of tools i need for it. i have dial calipers and stuff but i need the cutting tools

i want to do just simple operations like turning, parting and facing. and boring if possible
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Unread postAuthor: Mr.Sandman » Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:24 pm

He he guess who just scored himself a micro lathe for 72 bucks? Im so excited ill review it when it gets here. Now i need some bar stock and tooling.
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:39 pm

My bet is that the motor is weak :) let us know sandman.
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Unread postAuthor: Mr.Sandman » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:04 pm

rp181 wrote:My bet is that the motor is weak :) let us know sandman.

Well thanks for making me feel confident about my purchase your jerk. :D I dont think it will be too bad, it better not be i gave up a G&G m14 for this. :roll:
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