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Re: Should I?

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:35 pm
by sectorix
Nothing scares me like a lathe. And that's from a guy that lost a part of his finger to a router.

Too many pictures of accidents online :S

Re: Should I?

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:06 pm
by cvoinescu
Yes, I know, the big ones can be deadly, and even the small ones are dangerous. I'll be careful. This one has a chuck guard and a self-ejecting chuck key, but there are still 98 other ways to injure myself with it.

Re: Should I?

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:11 pm
by Auarhau
If you are scared of it, you probably wont get hurt by it. I've never came close to injuring myself with heavy machinery. Because I am scared of them, and therefore conscious of how I use them, how I stand etc. But give me some scissors or a file and I'll show you blood! I've even managed to draw blood with sandpaper! (oh and I branded myself quite nicely while soldering the gaups shield :lol: )

Re: Should I?

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:18 pm
by Ing Chao
I have a mini-lathe, my primary "hobby" is building stage-combat lightsabers. I bought it explicitly for that reason, but it has come in handy for many projects and it will allow you to expand your horizons a LOT. I've also made custom solid brass control knobs for my brother's guitar with it. When I get some spare time (yeah ,right!) I intend on buying a pen mandrel and making plastic and metal pens- which I understand you can make a bit of side $ by selling-maybe even help fund this 'Oko-expansion-itis I caught!

Re: Should I?

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:15 am
by cvoinescu
So you guys think I should buy a lathe. Is that particular one a decent choice? (It is in my price range and it's the size I'm looking for, and it has good reviews.)

Re: Should I?

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:03 pm
by RobCee
Definitely get one! I bought an old Myford four years ago and it is awesome. There are so many things that you can make or fix that you soon wonder how you ever managed without one.
I'm not entirely convinced of the merits of new vs used, but I made my choice based on a friend that had a Myford ML7. It's bigger than the mini lathe, but still classed as a hobby lathe, rather than industrial.
Don't underestimate how many other things you are going to need along with it, there's always something else. We have a few good suppliers here in the UK though.
I wouldn't worry with CNC on a lathe, although it is fun to make a conversion. More useful is a two axis digital read out (DRO) as it speeds up your accuracy.

Re: Should I?

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:02 pm
by Enraged
Regarding the one you posted, a friend has a similar one and out of the box it wasn't horrible. He added a THK linear rail to replace the ways and upgraded the spindle motor, seems much more capable now. So if you can get a good price, it might be a fun project.

Re: Should I?

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:49 am
by calica
Get it. The affordability is hard to argue. Get the QCTP. I would recommend CNCing it too. I got a really nice kit off ebay for $400. Its great for prototypes. No need to CAD or CAM anything. With LinuxCNC, I just use the GUI for macros (basically gcode function). Just think of it as an automated powerfeed. I plan on wiring up an encoder to use as a MPG, but I don't think I'd use it very much.

Re: Should I?

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:56 am
by cvoinescu
Thank you all for the advice. The lathe purchase is on -- with spousal approval! I'll get a quick-change tool post for it too, but no CNC for now. I just have to wait until after we move house (end of next month, we hope), because I have nowhere to install it here.

Re: Should I?

Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:08 pm
by cvoinescu
Woo hoo, I have a mini-lathe in the garage! :D

Still in its box, on the pallet, and no time to play with it for at least a week. :cry: