Looking for good lathe recommendations.


#1

I’m looking for recommendations on a lathe, I have one now but will be upgrading in the future to something with more power.

So any good metal lathes that have/come with

  • 3 jaw chuck
    -3/4 hp motor, or more
  • speeds up to 2000 rpm

And preferably under the price of $$$$$2,300$$$$$
Any suggestions would help!


#2

Here’s a Lathe Buying Guide found from a Sticky. It might be to of some interest to you :slight_smile:
http://yoyoexpert.com/forums/index.php/topic,8538.0.html


#3

looking for somthing a little bigger with more power, thanks for the help otherwise!


#4

Good luck on your search! :slight_smile:


#5

Precision Matthews, Little Machine Shop and another that I can’t remember are in and under your price range.

If I think of the other name I’ll put it up.


#6

Bailegh, Bolton, Grizzly all sell their own version(s).

Most of the time its the same model just trimmed out differently.


#7

Jet makes some bench lathes that would work.

This is basically your specs exactly…

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200399672_200399672

I’m sure you could find it cheaper as well… especially if you start looking for used.

What is it you are trying to do?

Kyle


#8

make yoyos. I can do it on my lathe right now but it take forever to take the material off. (Delrin)


(UmeNagisa) #9

I just finished reading this.
And Now… Your success with your Wooden fixed axles, i would love to see you become an innovator, and make a delrin fixed axle yoyo?
Wood core, delrin body man!


#10

Delrin shouldn’t be much of a problem with just about any setup… it’s one of the easiest materials to machine ever… it cuts a lot like butter does.

That Jet I linked is very similar (if not the same) to what 3yo3 uses to machine their acrylic yoyos.

Kyle


#11

it just takes me many hours to machine the yoyos and I would like to cut that time down.


#12

Yea I get it :slight_smile: I don’t know how much time you’ll really save in the end, but it’s a nice upgrade in any case. With plastics you are limited in speed/feed simply by heat… at some point you’re melting the plastic and you run a risk of deformation. But if you can’t max out that speed/feed with your current setup, then an upgrade certainly will help and it opens up a lot of other options for materials as well.

Kyle