HF Mini Lathe - Ready To Step up Already

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Hmm ... you know that now that you have fixed and re-faced the faceplates, you can turn the concentric grooves back to depth too. They are useful when centering a workpiece prior to clamping it in place on the faceplate.
Enjoy, DoN.
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DoN. Nichols
I have a 10x24 Enco, made in the 1980s. Good machine. I use it most of the time rather than my Logan, which I just sold.
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RBnDFW
HF and others, such as Lathemaster, also offer a 8x14 lathe. It is reportedly much heavier and better made than the 9x20. I have not seen one, and they are not as well known or supported, but might be worth a look. I have seen them for under $500 new, but it's been a while. Still, there's those 20% coupons.
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RBnDFW
It is a good machine. I fitted an outboard 5C collet holder to it and use that about 90% of the time. I also tossed the garbage motor that came with it and installed a 1hp 3phase motor and VFD.
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Jim Stewart
Mine came with a collet chuck, one of those that spins to lock. That is one reason this lathe gets used more.
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RBnDFW
Is it a 4C? Mine also came with an adapter and drawbar for 4C, but I much prefer the 5C holder that I fitted to it.
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Jim Stewart
Nice to hear from you, Chuck.
I just bought the cheapest plain-back key-tighten holder that I could find on ebay. I had to make the backplate as my spindle thread is a bit odd. I can hunt down a pdf of the drawing if you are interested.
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Jim Stewart
I found the 9x20 HF on sale in one of my catalogs for $300 off with fewer accessories. Backordered on-line and 300 more than the sale price. At the store was told it's a internet only item. The only 20% off coupon I have found so far is in-store only. I'm just going to start putting aside a little cash plan to order a jet.

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Bob La Londe
Can't remember where you're located anymore...
Wholesale Tool sells basically the same lathe. See:
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or for a bit more:
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They have several locations, maybe something not too far away?
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Leon Fisk
The more I look into it the better the Jet looks. Comes with lots of stuff including a stand, chucks, centers, steady rests, and free shipping. The net price for comparable HF or WTT just doesn't add up when you add in a stand and freight. I guess I'll be getting a Jet.
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Bob La Londe
If you are talking about the 9x20 lathe, you may not like the stand. I bought one of those stands locally with the intention of mounting an Atlas 618 on it. That stand was made for a midget!
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RBnDFW
Ditto. And for a 10 lb lathe. I did not dare to mount the lathe on it. Watch out for the 4-jaw chuck: If it is the old version like came with mine it is a pain. You will be replacing it soon.
Free shipping is good...
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Michael Koblic

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