I need a lathe and a mill, cheap!

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I need a lathe and a mill, cheap!

Post by Zippiot » Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:41 pm

Anyone tried one of these?

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/ ... _7171_7171

For that price (free shipping too!!) I need to know if its a piece of junk...otherwise I am going to order it asap!!
In the machine shop i use all of their lathes r 7k to 50k and the mills are over 15k, if this can do the same job (I dont need to do any large work) if this little guy can do both lathing and milling I must have!!

Or if someone has a link to a cheaper thing that does the same please tell me
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Post by El-Kablooey » Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:59 pm

Don't do it dude, you will feel dumb later on! What you should look for instead is called a Unimat. They were made back in the 70's I think. I used to have one, they are little jewels! You can rearrange the base to make it into different tools. It's a mill, a lathe, a drill press, and a crapload of other things too. The quality is very good, but they are pretty small. That thing from northern tool only has 1/2 hp motor though, about the same as the unimat. I sold mine to a friend a few years back for $500 (and I still go over to his place and use it when I need too :). Look on Ebay.
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Post by Hank » Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:21 pm

El- My advise is to find an old South Bend or Atlas lathe. $300-$500 for something you can use. Clausing (a division of Atlas) made some great little vertcal milling machines in the early '60's. I won't part with mine.
Search the newspaper for tool sales and estate sales. You didn't mention a drill press- You need a drill press, one that is pedestal standing to the floor. A pesestal or bench mounted grinding wheel is essential support for the tool bits you will need to learn to grind.

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Post by Zippiot » Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:46 pm

I got a pedestal grinder, and the lathe thing i linked was also a dril press.
I have used a $50,000 clausing lathe, and it was wonderful; I will search ebay for the unimat.
I notice a lot of these haven't changed since the 70's, only thing that seems different is more plastic...
But seriously is there a problem with the thing I linked or is it just not a brand name type thing...?
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Post by Zippiot » Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:51 pm

Is this what you meant?
http://cgi.ebay.com/UNIMAT-DB-Watchmake ... dZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/UNIMAT-LATHE-DB200- ... dZViewItem

Looks more like a regular lathe but I'll read up on it

edit:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Maximat-V10-P-lathe ... dZViewItem


Check the price...I know in the world of tools you get what you paid for
but I dont have the money...or at least that much to spare...


Well this one looks much nicer and is new!
http://cgi.ebay.com/SHOP-FOX-13-x-36-Mi ... dZViewItem

but once again...dont wanna spend that much.
Looking for something like it but much smaller, I have no need for a huge lathe.
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