Lathe's

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by mike33, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. mike33

    mike33 Well-Known Member

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    I was kicking an idea of purchasing a lathe for chambering, etc. What would be a descent set up for someone starting out?
    Mike
     
  2. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    I am interested in this as well. Educated input as opposed to mine:)

    I found this one:

    G4003G Gunsmith's Benchtop Lathe from Grizzly.

    I have not used their metal machining equipment but their woodworking equipment was decent.

    $3,250 shipped

    G4003G Gunsmith's Bench Top Lathe with Stand
     

  3. foreign

    foreign Well-Known Member

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    im very interested in this too. want to get one for chambering, trueing of actions and threading muzzels chambers ect.
    live in nz so makes it a little awkard to get one. (not a huge supply of used ones.) b
    but what specs should it have. eg how long, spindle dia. ect.
    cheers
     
  4. fj40mojo

    fj40mojo Well-Known Member

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    I can't in good conscience recommend any of Grizzley's machines. I'm not saying anything bad about them, I've got no personal experience, but IMHO you'd be better off to look for a good used tool room lathe like a Hardinge. Go to a few machine shops and see what they've got and then look for those brands. Cincinati, Hardinge, Leblond, etc. Even in good used condition those machines will be better than a Chinese machine.
     
  5. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    I believe that Kirby is using the big Grizzly lathe.
     
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    eddybo Well-Known Member

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    IMO the big grizzly is great. If I had it do over that is what I would do instead of the jet 16x40 zx. The jet is great, especially the large spindle hole, but the features of the big grizzly lathe overshadow that.
     
  7. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    What model are we talking about when we mention "The Big Grizzly"?
     
  8. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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  9. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!