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New Guy, New Machinest, Looking For A Start

Discussion in 'HARBOR FREIGHT, CENTRAL MACHINERY & BUSY BEE' started by Reverend Bow, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. GarageGuy

    GarageGuy United States Active User Active Member

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    This is just my $.02, so don't take it for anything more than that. I'm on my 4th lathe, and finally have something I will be happy with for a long time. I started small, and outgrew it almost immediately... twice. I understand space and budget constraints, but take your time and get something you will be happy with. It's worth it. The joy should be in the projects you make, not getting a machine to do something it was never intended to do.

    GG
     
  2. Alittlerusty

    Alittlerusty Active Member Active Member

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    Plus 2 on being careful on gun mods make sure to get some good measuring tools and always measure multiple locations and keep those chips flying
     
  3. rbertalotto

    rbertalotto United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    WELCOME! My advise it take it completely apart and put it back together, cleaning all the cosmoline out of everywhere. Lightly remove with files, and stones all the rough edges you find. AND.....When you move up to a larger lathe, do not sell this one. It is great to have a smaller lathe in the shop so you don't need to tear down a setup on your larger lathe to make a little part or something else. I have one mounted on a piece of plywood that I can use in the shop or my reloading room to turn brass and other small operations.
     
  4. Tainonc

    Tainonc Swarf Registered Member

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    I can't say I've used the HF little machine but before you invest there think about service and or parts three years down the road... HF will not support it neither will Central Machinery. They also can take 3-13 weeks to deliver your "made to order" lathe. Besides, for that amount of money you could get a heavier, well built US made machine where you could do more than in a 12" space. My story, I got an old Cincinnati 12-1/2" x 30" for less than $400.00 in an online auction and recently got a CNC Bridgeport Mill for less than $1500.00. Now I'm having fun at home. Best wishes on your purchase.
     
  5. Reverend Bow

    Reverend Bow United States Iron Registered Member

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    Thanks for all the comments.

    I have been enjoying my new lathe, and learning some things, which is why I picked it up in the first place.

    As far as the current project, it will be tested before I trust it
     

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