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Old 09-11-2017, 08:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by BeeAMaker View Post
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Nope, but did you notice the shipping cost???
Says free shipping
It says $768 for me for shipping......
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by bmachin View Post
Just from looking at them, I'm not quite sure what they are, but I don't think either is a Sieg which most mini lathes are. If that is the case you may be doomed when it comes to parts. If they are Siegs, Little Machine Shop should have all the parts you will ever need.

The specs are not to my amateur eye professionally written. The positive reviews for both the Totool and OrangeA can't possibly be taken seriously as real IMHO.

I would stay away from these and go elsewhere: LMS, Grizzly, Micro Mark, Harbor Freight, etc

Look at specs carefully. Everybody uses inch leadscrews, but only Micro mark uses inch based screws on the cross slide and compound. Their shipping is also quite reasonable to Indiana compared to LMS. LMS has a spec comparison chart that shows the machines that they sell compared to Micro Mark and stock Sieg. As far as I know Micro Mark and LMS order thier machines from Sieg with the most extensive modifications.

Hope I haven't muddied the waters too much.

Actually very helpful, thanks.
I have been considering this one from LMS
HiTorque 7x16 Deluxe Mini Lathe 5200 -
OR possibly this one,
EDIT: I meant this one,

I'm in no hurry so I need to take the time to familiarize myself with all the specifications and learn which are most important to consider.
I'm sure the ones from amazon are china.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:09 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have not used that particular lathe. . It looks and specs quite similar to the LittleMachineShop Hi-Torque lathe.

I have been using one like this (not bought from Grizzly because they are not in Canada):

There are many sellers of this basic lathe and I think they are all made in the same factory in China .... based on the Sieg lathe design.

I have been using my lathe quite steadily for 8 years without any problems ... 1000 pens.

I believe the lathe you referenced is a better quality than mine.

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Old 09-15-2017, 08:13 AM   #14 (permalink)
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The only draw back that I can see is that there does not appear to be a graduated scale for indicating the angle when offsetting the tool rest for doing tapered cuts.

I think that my Harbor Freight 7X10 has a few more gears included than that one but those may or may not be needed.
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