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Fellow Taig Lathe Users?

ogberi

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Hi All!

Wondering if there are any active Taig users out there?
 

T Bredehoft

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I have what used to be a Taig lathe, motor was changed, output is now a spiraled gear with a single groove pulley crammed onto it so I only have one speed. I have used it on occasion, but don't often because I have other lathes more easy to use. I guess I'm active but the Taig lathe isn't.
 

Chip Hacket

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I have a Taig lathe and mill I use for all kinds of things. Great hobby. Good for the soul.


Chip
 

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I bought a used Taig lathe without a motor. It does have a tailstock with chuck, a steady rest, 3 jaw chuck, 4 jaw chuck, and the milling attachment. I have just completed setting it up with a Treadmill motor for power. Seems like a good little lathe. The accessories are reasonable. I just bought a ER16 collett adapter to fit my 3/4" threaded spindle. I also bought a set of cheap collets.
 

Chip Hacket

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How is the motor working out for you? Have you made any upgrades to your equipment?
 

Forty Niner

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The treadmill motor works great on the Taig lathe. I use a treadmill controller with a potentiometer to control a wide range of speeds.
 

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I have had one for 20 years. It was my only lathe for a long time. I still use it for small diameters. I have two others (6" & 12") but for some jobs it is the most suited.
 

Reuben Bailey

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I recently acquired a Taig lathe. I am still in the process of setting it up. It came with a motor, but no motor mount. Feels like a great little tool.
 

rogerpjr

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I've had my Taig lathe for over twenty years and am now setting up a Taig milling machine. Started using the lathe to make pens while temporarily living in an apartment and now use it for lots of small stuff.
 

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Just chiming in to say I've got a brand new Taig! Although I opted to scrounge through my old motors instead of buying the Taig one. Found a 1/3 HP 1750 RPM motor I found in perfect condition 6 years ago in a scrap heap. I've been dragging it around all this time because I KNEW it would come in handy.

My hoarding instinct has been justified for a few more years. :)
 

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I have the Taig lathe with many of the accessories. I use it occasionally but when I use it it does things I have no other way of doing. I also just bought a Unimat. I am going to set it up as a mill. I have the milling attachment for the Taig but the movement is not enough in many cases. don
 

wsfurrie

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N Shop 1.jpg I have both a Taig and a 40 year old Unimat. The Unimat has had quite a lot of use. I have done a small amount of milling with it but it is a chore. The biggest problem is that the head-stock is made to be used as a drill-press when mounted vertically. Making fine adjustments with the head-stock lever is hard. On the Yahoo Unimat forum there was a project shown that had an adjustable head-stock using a threaded rod for movement. I solved my problem by buying a MicroMark mill. Not the finest piece of equipment but it suffices for what I do.
Good luck.
Wayne
 
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