I'd like to get a small metal working lathe to use for my robotics hobby, preferably a table top or workbench type. The parts I plan to make will be small, typically less than 6", and I expect to mostly use aluminum, although I'll also be working with plastic and maybe a little brass. I'd like a quality product that won't break the bank but also won't fall apart after a year or so of use. It doesn't have to produce NASA quality parts, but since I'll mostly be making small parts, I don't want a cheap import that's real sloppy. What would be a couple of good brands/models to look for?
18 years ago