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Re: Should I?

Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:23 pm
by WillAdams
Cool! Looking forward to pictures.

Ages ago, I picked up one of the original printings of Vol. 2 of the Gingery machine shop books --- and later gave it away. I've always rather regretted that.

Anyway, once you have your lathe set up and operational you'll be all set to make anything you want (including the balance of a machine shop).

Re: Should I?

Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:24 pm
by LouisV
Looks very nice, I'd get it. I really need to get one myself. A CNC router can only do so much.

Re: Should I?

Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:16 pm
by dave_the_nerd
Awesome!

I kinda want to CNC one of those, myself. But I have no practical reason for doing so.

Re: Should I?

Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:38 pm
by cvoinescu
I have no plans to CNC mine at the moment. Gotta learn how to use it manually, and make some useful prototype parts first.

Re: Should I?

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 3:15 am
by RobCee
Well done for getting one, they are great fun!


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Re: Should I?

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:50 am
by cvoinescu
It looks a bit intimidating at the moment. I hoped reading the manual would help, but it's quite sparse. All it says about commissioning, for instance, is "clean off grease on the machine", and "check that the 3 set screws of the chuck are tight", then goes right into how to turn it on. No word about how to get to all that grease. And the exploded diagram looks a lot like an actual explosion. The parts are numbered, but not all numbers appear in the list of parts on the next page, and the thin dashed lines that show what goes where are either very faint, or missing altogether.

Re: Should I?

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 3:23 pm
by dave_the_nerd
Have you seen this site?

http://www.mini-lathe.com/

It's devoted to those generic chinese-made mini metal lathes. Lots of good info.

Re: Should I?

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:01 pm
by cvoinescu
Yes, I have, but thank you. What I really need is www.more-free-time.com.

Re: Should I?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:20 pm
by chmedly
The funny thing is that, as far as I can tell, free time costs money. And it costs more the older you get. Until you retire I suppose. But who's planning to do that anymore?