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    Flexispeed Mk1, worth a go?

    Hi Guys, I'm new to both the forum and the world of pen turning and am looking to give pen turning a go. I have the opportunity of picking up a Flexispeed Mk1 lathe with motor and hardwood base for circa 50, all apparently in good (quiet!) working order. These lathes appear to be a very old and limited design but the price is obviously very appealing on a limited hobby budget. Has anyone on the forum got any idea if these lathes would be suitable for a bit of pen turning? getting MT0 attachments appears to be a bit of a challenge also.

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    Welcome to the forum Nathan.

    Whilst it is possible to turn pens on a metalworking lathe it would not be my first choice of place to start for a beginner.

    Plus as you say finding 0MT mandrels and other accessories will be difficult.

    Your decision but personally I would look for an old woodturning lathe with 1MT or 2MT head and tailstock taper.

     
     
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    What Walter said Nathan but if you can afford it I would buy the lathe anyway as a little metal lathe can be very useful in it's own right. i don't know anything about the model you mention but I certainly wouldn't part with my little watchmakers lathe.
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    Looking at the Flexispeed and without a full description in detail of your proposed lathe, you will need to weigh up the worth and real usefulness. Best buying for pens is a 2 morse taper head stock and tail stock, ball race bearings, variable speed lathe.. I remember not long back Paul bought a smashing small metal lathe and loves it to bits.

    Good luck and Nathan pay a visit to a local Wood group, listen to the chatter, good luck mate.

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    Thanks for your input guys , having had a look round various sites and doing a bit of research, I don't think the lathe will be suitable. I'm leaning towards the Axminster AH1218vs which appears to be a decent choice for a lathe to do some bigger turning on too.

     
     
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    Looks like a good choice to me Nathan Someone with knowledge of this or similar Axminster lathes will be able to confirm the suitability and quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lons View Post
    What Walter said Nathan but if you can afford it I would buy the lathe anyway as a little metal lathe can be very useful in it's own right. i don't know anything about the model you mention but I certainly wouldn't part with my little watchmakers lathe.
    What Bob said, Just had a look 0MT readily available in UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan View Post
    Thanks for your input guys , having had a look round various sites and doing a bit of research, I don't think the lathe will be suitable. I'm leaning towards the Axminster AH1218vs which appears to be a decent choice for a lathe to do some bigger turning on too.
    Not a bad lathe but for not a great deal more you could get the much better Record DML320.

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    Welcome aboard Nathan.
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    Thanks for the welcome and suggestions guys, i'll check them out.

     
     

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