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    mini lathes

    I would quite like a lathe (amongst lots of other stuff) . However a 1 ton 3 phase proper lathe just isn't on. Any one bought a mini lathe?, do they work, any good, maybe budget of up to 500. Any one have any views/experience, should say for metal work,, thank you.

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    Re: mini lathes

    The smallest "proper" lathe would probably be the Myford 7. It is used by many hobbyists and there are a wealth of spares and accessories available. Unfortunately, because of their popularity, they are not cheap to come by.

    Being available in single phase has definitely contributed to their popularity.

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    Re: mini lathes

    Quote Originally Posted by runoutofrigos View Post
    The smallest "proper" lathe would probably be the Myford 7. It is used by many hobbyists and there are a wealth of spares and accessories available. Unfortunately, because of their popularity, they are not cheap to come by.

    Being available in single phase has definitely contributed to their popularity.

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    also a lot of myfords are well worn, i replaced my myford with an almost new warco, not the same quality BUT because it wasnt 50 years old was unworn so much much better.

    i would suggest you buy the biggest lath you can, however big you get you seem to want bigger, i now have a 1 ton 3 phase colchester, its got enough swing over the bed, but i could do with a slightly longer lathe!!!

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    Re: mini lathes

    The early warco had a gap bed

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    mini lathes

    So no machine mart ones etc ?

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    Re: mini lathes

    Most - but not all - of the cheaper ranges of lathes and mills available are likely Chinese Sieg derived products. They are built down to a price but can be good with a little fettling but do not expect super high precision out of the box. Usual faults are inherent design flaws ie. plastic gears, dodgy electrics, poor bearings and shocking QC sometimes. But to get comparable British, German, US or similar machines you could be paying 3 - 4 times the initial cost then add tooling (applicable to anything) and costs soon mount up. I've had a Chester supplied Sieg C4 Comet lathe and a Sieg X2 mill that i've converted to CNC - they have their faults but touch wood, they are reliable, do work that is good enough for my level of expertise and didn't break the bank for what are hobby machines!

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    Re: mini lathes

    Mini lathes are still pretty pricey in Oz which is a shame.

    I am currently looking at a Brunswick lathe (270 x 700) which I think is a generic Chinese lathe from the 1970s. It is 3 phase though and I only have single 240v. Has anybody got any experience of using an inverter to allow a 3 phase motor to be used via single phase? I believe there is a slight loss in torque and also the buttons/electrical on the lathe need redoing although that prob isn't a big deal as it is very analog.
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    I saw this on ebay looked good price
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Clarke-Me...MAAOSwvQRbS3Vy

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    Re: mini lathes

    M1 oz can you put a 240v motor on it?

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    Re: mini lathes

    Quote Originally Posted by rick deregus View Post
    I saw this on ebay looked good price
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Clarke-Me...MAAOSwvQRbS3Vy
    Jack of all trades - master of none! They aren't very rigid, I'd expect it to go for 600+?

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    Re: mini lathes

    Clicked on this thread after after getting my half shaft flanges turned down. I now have an interest in purchasing a lathe myself, my friend has a large Warco and has built traction engines etc, so I was thinking I bet there expensive but looking at the smaller ones I can’t believe how reasonable they are.
    Forget all the Clarke, Axminster, Draper, Sealey ones.

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    Re: mini lathes

    I have a nice Myford ML7 with a lot of tooling including a milling slide 2 chucks face plate 750 though I just upgraded to a bigger lathe for work.
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    Re: mini lathes

    Quote Originally Posted by rick deregus View Post
    M1 oz can you put a 240v motor on it?
    That is one of the options I am looking into. I will have to see if I can get the motor out and then hope it is a generic shape that a single phase replacement exists for. Would rather keep the lathe standard but it might not be possible...
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    Re: mini lathes

    Colchester Bantam, they are getting on a bit, but super quality or if you want a bit bigger, Colchester Student, available with different bed lengths and some are Gaps, remember you can always put a small job in a big lathe, but you cant put a big job in a small lathe, the downside to that is normally bigger lathes dont have the speed for micro turning, IMHO, buy as big as you can get away with......

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    Re: mini lathes

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    i fitted one to a lathe my brother bought and he says its ok, 240v inverter to 400v 3phase motor,what i would say is you may loose some torque not sure but he hasn't moaned.

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    Re: mini lathes

    I decided against buying the lathe. There were too many unknowns, can the 3 phase motor be changed from star to delta, can I buy a single phase motor to match the wierd Chinese mount, how much would a converter cost. Since passing on it I regret the decision however
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    Re: mini lathes

    Shame! Re the mount - even the Chinese have to follow standardised international motor frame sizes and brackets so alternatives shouldn't have been a issue - seeing some set-ups peeps have come up with on hobbyist size milling machines is eye opening ie. start with 350w 90v DC motor, progress through various treadmill motors onto 2hp 3ph AC - ingenuity unlimited.
    Another will come along and I think you'll snap it up next time!

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    Re: mini lathes

    ive a 3 phase myford super 7 running on single phase through a VFD - better than it would have ever been on 3 phase as ive now infinite turning speeds through the vfd dial, working like that 5 years not a bother.
    so if your srill in the market, it will work with a VFD!

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    just missed out on a Colchester Student......ahhhhhhhhhhhh
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    Re: mini lathes

    Any lathe is better than no lathe

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    Re: mini lathes

    Old school lathe
    Myford there is one on Facebook for sale

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