|Material||steal rotater handels made of plastic|
Central Machinery 7" x 10" Precision Mini Lathe
|Price:||$519.99 + $47.99 shipping|
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Follow the advice in the various posts on setup slowly and deliberately, checking for results at each step - it sounds ponderous but it is fun and very enlightening. By now you will be filthy and oily but better acquainted with your tool, which itself is now set up to actually do something. Now you need to read up on how to machine something (assuming you are a novice - like me) so sit down and absorb all the wisdom and experience that is out there. Tea/coffee/beer time!
Then play around a little to see how it performs/behaves/could be better, based on your now informed perspective and experience of fettling it. By now you have got to know your lathe, it's vibrations and noises. That is what I meant by a kit of parts - ready to be set up to perform, but 'out of the box'? No way - but as I found out, no lathe should be be regarded as 'ready to run'.Read more ›
FIRST: READ ALL THE REVIEWS HERE. Nearly everything that everyone says is true, even the contradictions. This is a WHALE of a lot of machine at a very good price and what you don't get is a polished and 100% buttoned-down just flip the switch and go lathe.
If you're coming into machine work cold -- just want to try -- then this is the machine for you IF you have good mechanical common sense and are looking for a learning experience.
If uncertain, consider finding a continuing education machine shop course. It'll help immensely if you can start with machines that already work properly under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Among other things, not all the safety precautions for a lathe are obvious.
On mine the gibs were way loose. Had I tried to cut anything 'as received' it would have chattered like crazy and messed up or ruined the piece. The chuck nuts weren't tight but probably I'd have known something was switch-it-off-NOW wrong before there was a Surprising Event.
I'll mention just two and a half precautions: DON'T DRINK before or during. This is plenty of horsepower to kill or maim you and you want to be absolutely clear headed. And NO LOOSE CLOTHING OR HAIR. Cover, tie, remove, whatever, but don't get a necktie or pony tail anywhere close to a running machine.
The half is: That's a tiny chuck but get in the habit of putting a board over the ways when changing it or handling a heavy piece of work. There's nothing says 'slob' more loudly than dinged-up ways on your lathe.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been using mine for about 2 years now knock on wood no issues. I've cut everything from stainless steel all the way to Wood. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have one of these HF 7x10's and its been very reliable. I jhave several Siegs re-branded and can attest that they are 95% identical. This weighs about 75lbs. Read morePublished 20 months ago by CYBER1
It works great for turning acrylic rods in my pipe making business. Been running for 5 years without incidentPublished 22 months ago by Jonathan
If/when the machinery becomes discontinued, you cannot get parts for them and they absolutely will not share the manufacturer's info with you to seek the parts you need. Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by James L. Weston
This machine does all I expected and more, the only thing that causes me a little concern is the plastic feed gears. Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by David Wheeler