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Grizzly G8688 Mini Metal Lathe, 7 x 12-Inch

by Grizzly
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Price: $784.80 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • Variable Speed
  • 16 TPI Reversible Lead screw
  • Forward and reverse in all speeds
  • Chip Tray and Backsplash Guard
  • Threading Dial Indicator
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Grizzly G8688 Mini Metal Lathe, 7 x 12-Inch + Grizzly H5868 Lathe Tool Kit, 20-Piece + Anytime Tools 5 Lathe Mill CENTER DRILL COUNTERSINK Bit Tooling SET
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number G8688
Item Weight89.2 pounds
Product Dimensions13 x 30.2 x 13 inches
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Item model numberG8688
SizeNot applicable
ColorNot applicable
StyleGrizzly
Materialsteel
Voltage110 volts
Horsepower1
Item Package Quantity1
Measurement Systemboth
Special FeaturesSwing over bed: 7" Distance between centers: 12" Bore Size of Included Chuck: 16mm Spindle bore: 20mm Spindle nose taper: MT #3 Tailstock taper: MT #2 Tailstock travel: 2-1/2" Cross-slide travel: 2-3/4" Maximum tool bit size: 5/16" Speed range: Low Range: 0-1100 RPM, High Range: 0-2500 RPM Range of threads: 12-52 TPI Motor: 3/4 HP, 110V, single-phase Number of thread pitches: 18 inch & 10 metric Net weight: 74 lbs. Shipping weight approximate: 90 lbs.
Batteries Required?No
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB0000DCZ7D
Best Sellers Rank #28,738 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight89.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableDecember 1, 2006
  
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Technical Details

  • Swing over bed: 7" Distance between centers: 12" Bore Size of Included Chuck: 16mm Spindle bore: 20mm Spindle nose taper: MT #3 Tailstock taper: MT #2 Tailstock travel: 2-1/2" Cross-slide travel: 2-3/4" Maximum tool bit size: 5/16" Speed range: Low Range: 0-1100 RPM, High Range: 0-2500 RPM Range of threads: 12-52 TPI Motor: 3/4 HP, 110V, single-phase Number of thread pitches: 18 inch & 10 metric Net weight: 74 lbs. Shipping weight approximate: 90 lbs.

Product Description

Front View
Turret Tool Post
Standard Equipment
G8688 7 x 12-Inch Mini Metal Lathe

This Mini Metal Lathe may look small but you'll be amazed at what you can do with this little guy. Powered by a 3/4 HP motor, this lathe also features: variable speeds (0-2500 RPM), inch and metric reading dials, turret tool post, chip tray & splash guard. Perfect machine for hobby and small jobs.

Capacity

It features a 7-inch swing over bed, 12-inch distance between centers, 2-1/2-inch tailstock travel, 2-3/4-inch cross slide travel, and 20mm spindle bore. Threading capabilities include a thread range of 12-52 TPI and 18 standard and 10 metric thread pitches. Includes threading dial indicator and standard and metric handwheel graduations.

Speeds

Variable speed from 0-1100 RPM for low range and 0-2500 RPM for high range. Forward and reverse in all speeds. 16-TPI reversible leadscrew.

Standard Equipment

Includes chip pan; backsplash guard; 3-inch, 3-jaw chuck with external jaws; 6-1/4-inch face plate; steady rest; 4-way turret post; MT#2 dead center; and service tools.

Features & Specifications
  • Variable Speed
  • 16 TPI reversible leadscrew
  • Forward and reverse in all speeds
  • Chip tray and backsplash guard
  • Threading dial indicator
  • Standard and metric graduation
  • Made in an ISO 9001 factory
  • Swing over bed: 7 inches
  • Distance between centers: 12 inches
  • Bore Size of Included Chuck: 16mm
  • Spindle bore: 20mm
  • Spindle nose taper: MT #3
  • Tailstock taper: MT #2
  • Tailstock travel: 2-1/2 inches
  • Cross-slide travel: 2-3/4 inches
  • Maximum tool bit size: 5/16-inch
  • Speed range: Low Range: 0-1100 RPM, High Range: 0-2500 RPM
  • Range of threads: 12 to 52 TPI
  • Motor: 3/4 HP, 110-volt, single-phase
  • Number of thread pitches: 18 inch & 10 metric
  • Net weight: 74 pounds
  • Shipping weight approximate: 90 pounds

Important Information

Bulb Voltage
110 Volts

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Would recommend to anyone looking for a solid mini lathe.
Richard Gorton
It would not hold the tailstock and I eventually had to drill it out and tap it for a larger size set screw in order for it to lock.
Patrick Walls
This product performs better than I expected and I have been productive from the very first session with it.
Larry Huskins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

150 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Robotster on September 19, 2005
I have been interested in buying a lathe for hobby work and have done research and talked to people about their experiences. I was convinced that the Grizzly was the best choice for a few reasons. Basically, the level of quality in all of the lathes in this category is about the same since they are all manufactured in China by just a couple of manufacturers, so this was a wash in terms of which brand to choose. It came down to features, included accessories and convenience. The desirable features on this unit were the wider bed for work on longer pieces and the variable speed motor control. Being new to a tool like this, the fact that different materials require different cutting speeds would require gear changes on lathes without the speed adjustment. The ability to slowly bring a piece of work up to the proper speed is also important to a novice (like me) to determine if the work is mounted and centered properly on the chuck. The Grizzly box arrived in pristine condition, but that did not indicate a damage free shipment as the drip tray was bent in shipment. One call to the customer service group at Grizzly solved this by way of a new tray sent to arrive in just a couple of days. Nice, helpful people at Grizzly - this will be a strong point the next time I shop for a tool. I have turned a few items on the lathe already, and all seems fine. The slides have very little play and the chuck centers properly with almost no run-out. If you are new to this hobby, you will find the web site very helpful. They have an abundance of great info for the beginner and intermediate machinist. The fact that they had an in depth review and adjustment and set up pointers specifically for this lathe really made my selection a lot easier. Be ready to buy additional accessories to get up and running. A live center and a steady rest were included, but cutting tools and a Jacobs chuck are required items not included in the box.
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By FarmGirl on August 28, 2012
I bought one of these mini lathe to convert over to CNC. I own a small machine shop and looking to get my feet wet with CNC and the mini lathe and mill is a good place to start. All my equipment is Grizzly so I'm familar with their excellent technical support and how they stand behind all their machines and make it easy to buy replacement parts from their website.

LittleMachineShop provides excellent upgrades for this lathe and CNCFusion provides a decent CNC conversion kit.

The first thing most people should upgrade to make this lathe highly accurate is to remove the radial spindle bearings and replace them with tapered roller bearings that LittleMachienShop sells. Once upgraded, the spindle run-out is less the 0.0003" which is as good as any larger sized lathe costing $1000's more.

My advice when you first get this lathe is to take it completely apart to clean all the wax sealant off it and grease the spindle gearbox and oil the ways. SwarfRat sells a DVD that shows how to disassemble and reassemble the mini lathe and mill and is a must have tool for maintaining your machine(s). If your just learning, they also sell DVD's that teach you how to properly use your new metalworking machines. Your new machine won't come ready to use out of the box so setting it up correctly is half the battle to achieving great results.
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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful By David G. Yan on April 9, 2005
I just go one os these and I love it. Couple of things I found to be unexpected: (1) It's made in China I had expected to be made in USa since it's grizzly. (2) The threading gears are made of plastic along with some of the gears in the head housing. Other than that it run smooth and quiet.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Michael McHugh on March 8, 2014
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I've been setting up and using the machine for about a week now.

First thing: The unit ships bolted to a piece of 1/4" plywood. When mine arrived, the plywood was shattered from frequent drops, the box was in tatters, and the styrofoam was beat. The only part that was broken was the cover for the power switch, but it's taken me a few hours to pick all the styrofoam nodules and plywood chunks out of the machine. Grizzly could upgrade to 1/2" or 3/4" plywood if they were serious about delivering a working product.

The tailstock is an MT2 stub! You'll either have to modify an MT2 arbor or find an MT2 stub if you'd like to use a drill chuck.

The product specialists at Grizzly aren't particularly charming or helpful. Before I bought the unit, I wanted to make sure the spindle bore could accommodate 3/4" stock. He told me that the manual said it would, but that he had no way of checking. Fine, I can read the manual too - but 20mm works out to about .03" bigger than 3/4". (BTW - yes, it does take 3/4" rod just fine).

Changing leadscrew gears is a little feisty. The manual only mentions one adjustment bolt - there are actually two. The plastic gears are scary to remove the first time - they're on tightly and flex.

The compound only goes 30 degrees in either direction. I might be missing something, but to cut threads, I had to make a mark and go 30 degrees from 30 degrees to get a 60 degree compound angle. Might just be the way I learned to cut threads isn't compatible with their design, but the instruction manual provides no clarification.

The thread dial was completely disengaged from the leadscrew when I unpacked the unit.
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