Engineering Lathe Recommendations?

User Tag List

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 30

Thread: Engineering Lathe Recommendations?

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia.
    Posts
    18,050
    Post Thanks / Like
    Real Name
    Mark
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by fingwe View Post
    Mark, you mentioned the Sieg C6...it doesn't seem to be available over here very easily. I guess there are going to be equivalents though.
    You will find most mini-lathes are made in the Sieg factory which is in China, the dealers gets them painted to their choice of colour and stick their name tag on it.
    Just had a look at Arceuro trade they have discontinued the C6, just look for 9" X 20" lathes.

    Quote Originally Posted by fingwe View Post
    So, to ask a really stupid question, but hopefully it will help me understand what is important - given that most of the time the pen components being turned on the lathe are only going to be a couple of inches long - what is the advantage of the C6 over, let's say, the mini lathe in front of it in the photo?
    There is an old shooters saying, "You can shoot an rabbit with an elephant gun but you cant an elephant with a rabbit gun."
    One of my old bosses bought a 7" X 12" lathe to make parts for model boats as soon as he bought it and started to use it found it was too small. You want to turn small bits now, but in the future you may want to do bigger work, just like me.
    Bigger they are more rigid they are, so more accurate. Another thing is to get the biggest spindle bore so that you can turn a long piece of metal.


    COOPER 01/08/1998-31/01/2012

     
     
  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Buckinghamshire
    Posts
    437
    Post Thanks / Like
    Real Name
    Paul
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Lons View Post
    Hi Melanie

    I have an old Cowells 90me which is a beautiful little machine and would do pretty much all you need imo.
    They are still manufactured by a family company in the UK so you can look the spec up online but not cheap unless you can find one on eBay where they appear occasionally. Much sought after by watchmakers and model makers they have a decent reputation, I wouldn't part with mine!
    Bob
    One of these days I will definitely have a Cowells in the shed.

     
     
  3. #13
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Canberra AUSTRALIA
    Posts
    19,537
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When I bought my Metal Lathe second hand it was another era in a way,the fastest speed is 1500 rpm,bearings are sleeve etc.

    Reading into Teds information today confirms my observation that there are so many additional considerations nowadays. I noted the mods already, differing grades from different dealers.

    This is a beaut time to get it right, I have always sought expert help such as machine shops, TAFE Colleges etc who have marvellous handbooks for apprentices etc. A starting point Tynemet.ac.uk .

    Good fortune in your quest.

    Peter.
    Nil Desperandum

     
     
  4. #14
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Canberra AUSTRALIA
    Posts
    19,537
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Gateshead Tyne and Wear for sizes, comparisons. Gumtree Boxford lathe second hand very much like Marks Hercus lathe.

    Peter.
    Nil Desperandum

     
     
  5. #15
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Somewhere in Staffordshire,
    Posts
    4,944
    Post Thanks / Like
    Real Name
    Eamonn.
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have my old faithful Myford ML7, wouldn't be without it.

    As for selecting a lathe if I was you I would get in touch with Chester lathes, they are very good and you can arrange a test drive if one of their machines at there head office.

    IMHO it would be good to get hands on experience from a engineering lathe supplier/manufacturer/importer. Even if you don't buy one of theirs it's good knowledge.

    Is there anyone near to you that has an engineering lathe to give you some "hands on"

    There is also some good you tube stuff if you search for how to use a metal lathe
    If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem. - Richard Bach

     
     
  6. #16
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Tyne and Wear
    Posts
    280
    Post Thanks / Like
    Real Name
    Melanie
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks everyone, I've been reading and rereading everything, and investigating what's available at the dealers mentioned. At the moment I'm thinking that I may go for a smallish one - it's less upfront cost should I decide that it's not for me. If all goes well, then I can upgrade to a larger one at a later date, if I feel necessary. Having said that, I really am only looking at a lathe to turn kitless pens and dip pens, so probably a length of 7 or 8 inches maximum, so I may never need to go bigger. An additional consideration is that there is a possible house move in the future, and I think trying to move a large lathe may be an added complication that I don't want at the moment (I have enough equipment to move as it is!)

     
     
  7. #17
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Canberra AUSTRALIA
    Posts
    19,537
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Melanie check your holding either end measurement into every equation re size of the bed, allow for the maximum .

    Kind regards Peter.
    Nil Desperandum

     
     
  8. #18
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Tyne and Wear
    Posts
    280
    Post Thanks / Like
    Real Name
    Melanie
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi Peter, thanks, yes I understand that, as with wood lathes, you have to account for chucks, etc. I figure the absolute minimum size between centres would be around 12 inches, and even at that distance I'd probably only be able to turn slightly shorter dip pens. I'd prefer something around 350/400mm.

     
     
  9. #19
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Lancaster
    Posts
    370
    Post Thanks / Like
    Real Name
    Robin
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi Melanie I agree with your thoughts regarding a house move, I am in the process of moving and I am seriously considering hiring or buying an engine hoist.

    Robin

     
     
  10. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Surrey
    Posts
    5,188
    Post Thanks / Like
    Real Name
    Alex
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The Best engineering lathe money can buy is a old colchester student or master but you would need 3 phase unless you can find a single phase one most others are cheap Chinese crap but ok for basic pen turning

     
     
  11. Likes Penpal liked this post

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •