Originally Posted by jasent
Any one have one of these lathes, any comments or tip/advice. Looking at buying one. Just wondered if it's worth while.....$400 with 6 carbide bits
Unless it is junk any lathe is worth $400.00.
The thing is , will it do what you want.
I would recommend that if you want to do some Gun Smithing now or later that you try to find
a gear head lathe with threading capability and at least a 1 and 1/2'' spindle The normal barrel
blank Is 1.250 Diameter. A 2" spindle is ideal.
Also a 42''+ bed is needed (36'' Minimum to do most barrel work).
It looks like a nice lathe but the precision may not be good enough. I started with a hobby lathe
and fought it all the way. Finally I found a bigger/heaver lathe and have been very happy.
It is still not the best for Smithing but cost was a factor. My budget was $6,000/00 and with careful
looking I found one.
If you just want to learn how to use a lathe and do small jobs it would be fine, But if you have
intentions to go into gun Smithing Save your money and buy a bigger/better Lathe.
In the long run you will save time and money.
Just some advice from someone that has been there.
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