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>> Home > Forum > General Resources > Mini lathe
Mini lathe
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(Fleet Admiral!)

Forum Posts: 506
11th Nov 2018 19:17  
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Hi y'all.I was thinking of getting one of these-- Is Raitool a good make. Seem to be. Has anyone got one Or similar? Can it be used for steel and screw cutting (with the right accessories of course)?
All ideas welcome.

Colin H.
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Forum Posts: 466
11th Nov 2018 20:23  
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Forget it, it's just a little freehand turning lathe for hobby work in soft wood and other soft materials. Meant for craft jewellery and beading work.
Look for something that has a traversing tool post with crosswise adjustment. I'm lucky enough to have my late father's Unimat with a screw cutting adapter as well as a milling attachment, for larger work I have a Chester universal combination lathe/milling machine. Look in local auctions, as they are often in our local auctions in Herefordshire.
Happy hunting, cheers Colin.

Fair winds and calm waters,
(Fleet Admiral!)

Forum Posts: 84
11th Nov 2018 20:24  
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This is simply a revolving drill doesn't have any longitudinal or cross feed travelling tool post and at best its only good for wood turning of very small diameter pieces of wood or polishing small parts. I don't think it suits your requirements.
Colin you beat me to it by 60 seconds

(Fleet Admiral!)

Forum Posts: 797
11th Nov 2018 21:43  
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Unless you can get something second hand, the only new small lathe worth a toss is the Peatol (Taig) from Harborne in Brum. Cheap, but very well made. You have to buy the tailstock, oddly, but it's still very inexpensive. I have had mine for over 30 years and it is as good as new. My son got one s/h off ebay with every attachment, on a base, with a book and it was £200.



Forum Posts: 30
15th Nov 2018 00:18  
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Greetings from Australia.
Hi The only Mini Metal lathe to buy is the UNIMAT. It is made in Austria.I have had one for years and love it. It has 1 downside, You can only use it for about 8 minutes before the motor gets hot and you have to let it cool down. I use a small fan blowing on the motor and I can use it for about 20minutes. They may have corrected this since i bought mine. You also have to remove the belt when letting it cool down or the belt will break.I had a TAIG but did not like it. Hope this info helps.
Regards Sid

(Fleet Admiral!)

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15th Nov 2018 01:29  
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Aha! You mean the 'Lego Lathe'!!
Lotsa blocks you can shove together to make a lathe or milling machine or .... Agree about the motor, not big enough or man enough for the job.
I bought one at an exhibition some years ago, it's buried in the workshop somewhere.😲
Nowadays I mostly use my little Proxxon FD150/E.
Just used it to make some parts for Colin's Taycol Supermarine renovation.
Simple uncomplicated machine, good for small parts.
Cheers, Doug 😎

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Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug