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Buying a new mini-lathe... advice please...

Discussion in 'Pipe Making Forums' started by KleinToit, Dec 4, 2013.

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  1. KleinToit

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    I am looking to buy a new lathe, and as the prices are absolutely outrageous here its gonna have to be a small one. Now for the kicker:

    Swing over bed: 140mm (5.5inch)
    Distance between centers: 250mm (9.8inch)

    Is this too small for pipe turning? It sounds kinda small to me?
    Here's the link:
    http://www.tooltime.co.za/ProductDetails.aspx?id=466

    What do you guys think? Would this be sufficient or should I go bigger?
     


  2. BigCasino

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    I think the general consensus would be yes it is to small, I have a 9 x19 grizzly that is almost to small you will also want a 4 jaw Chuck, unless your just turning stems and tenons then you may be ok
     
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  3. KleinToit

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    Yeah thats what I figured. There is just absolutely no 2nd hands anywhere near me and the new ones are EXPENSIVE! That small noname brand is $550 and the next step up is $900 :beyes:
     
  4. BigCasino

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    Where are you from?
     
  5. Sasquatch

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    10" between centers is going to be very limiting. Could you make a pipe on that? Yeah, but geez it's gonna be a struggle.
     
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    In my opinion, you really only need a metal lathe for cutting stems and a good quality wood lathe for drilling and shaping stummels. I would invest in a quality wood lathe and chuck. Got to have a quality chuck.
     
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    There are several for sale on Craig's list.
     
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    I actually put a want ad on Craig's list and it worked
     
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  10. Sasquatch

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    I think Klein is in South Africa... it's a little different over there.
     
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  11. KleinToit

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    Yup, back end of the online-world. I have been doing some searching and it looks like a wood lathe is the only option for me, I'll have to rig something to get some precision cutting. I have seen a wood lathe locally (forgive my ignorance in the names of the parts) that had the little wheel setup for what I assume would hold the cutting bits alongside the 'bar' for using hand tools. I guess it'll have to do... Thanks for the replies!
     
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    It's really not that hard to cut a tenon by hand. There are other operations that a metal lathe will do easily, like cutting perfect slices of stuff, but you can make do.
     
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  13. KleinToit

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    Why is variable speed a necessity? The one I'm looking at is on or off.
     
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    Variable speed allows you to to adjust quickly with a dial.

    Most can be switched over manually by changing belt positions.
    My jet10x14 is the belt variety.
     
  15. BigCasino

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    I saw some where on line where some one attached a metal lathe tool rest to a wood lathe, it just didn't have full run of the lathe bed with a wheel, he had to slide it, but I can't remember what he was making either it may have not needed to move for his application
     
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    Saw one on youtube. Kinda looked like this one.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/5-speed-bench-top-wood-lathe-65345.html
     
  17. KleinToit

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    I have read that some guys put a light dimmer swich on the machine, but would that not damage the motor over time?
     
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    yeah thats a big no no adjusting speed by decreasing voltage and a good way to seriously shorten the life time of the motor... the only really safe way is to increase or decrease the hertz... with three phase motors this is done with a vfd or variable frequency drive... theres something similar for single phase motors but off hand i cant remembr what its called
     
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  20. KleinToit

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    I think I have found a winner, http://www.mrwoodturner.co.za/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=42&products_id=671

    10" x 17" should just about do it. Its in my 'budget' but its out of stock at the moment. I'll have to wait until next year for their next shipment to come in.

    I'll just have to rig something up for precision cutting, or just practice the :poop: out of that thing.
    Hopefully I can order some briar early next year and get everything around the same time.
     
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