HF's having 20% off sales in last couple of weeks (BF and this
weekend, I am sure more to follow).
I have more HF equipment than I can possibly mention ... 9x20, mini-
lather, X3, mini-mill etc etc.
Got plenty of Grizzly stuff as well.
If you can get mini lathe locally and save a bunch, have no fear, it
is the same lathe, different paint.
If you get a lemon (highly unlikely), you can always return it w/o 0
"Bang for the buck" can take on a hollow sound if you buy something that
has serious problems or lacks the "main" feature you bought it for.
Are you price limited or are you space limited?
Do you KNOW what you want it for or do you just want to run a lathe for fun?
Do you want a machine that is a "project" or one that you can use "right
out of the box"? If you aren't in a rush, subscrive to Home Shop
Machinist or at least look in the drop box for all the articles about
what people had to do to "cheap" machines to get them going.
-Missing features that you thought would be on any lathe
-Lack of back gears
Tell us, if you want more input.
Not knowing the answers to the above, I implore you that if you have the
space, buy as big and hefty as you can get, unless you are going to turn
a lot of really small diameter stuff (like watch making), of slightly
larger, where you need the higher spindle speeds and don't need the
If you really like the idea of metalworking, think of the lathe as a
LONG term investment. The lathe and the mill are the only two items on
earth other than house and car, that I'd ever put on credit.
Cared for well, the machine tools will ba around longer than the car
by a long shot, and maybe even as long as the house.
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