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Well, I think the responses, they confirmed what my initial thoughts were about this lathe. I never even made it down to take a look at one yet & don't think I'll bother.

I passed up a deal on a big american made gear head lathe ( I don't remember the brand ) that one of my old bosses was selling a couple of years ago that we used to cut open torque converters & machine some parts on when rebuilding torque converters & now I'm kicking myself in the butt.

I've been looking on craigslist, haven't checked out Ebay yet, but I'm gonna start looking again. I guess till I get one I'll have the machine shop around the corner make my small parts.

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I used one of those once, its good for making tiny shavings on tiny parts very slowly. I would try to find a big used lathe.
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It *is* possible to go too far in the other direction. A few years ago, I ran across a large lathe for $1200. The owner was even willing to haul it for me. I had to grit my teeth and pass it up. No way to unload it, no way to move it into my garage, no room in my garage if I did get it moved.

Like you, I got good advice from folks on Hotrodders.com. There are good links and information in that thread, too.
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Central Machinery lathes

I have the somewhat larger 8x12 mini (#44859-4) and I've never ever used it. I thought I'd have all sorts of need for a lathe in my fabrication work but I couldn't even wade through the directions in the manual to get it set up. It's always been easier for me to just find an alternative way to fabricate something. Maybe someday I'll get it going but it's too bad you don't live down the block from me. I'd have been happy to let this out the door at a very reasonable price to somebody who wanted to see if they could make it work for them.
Hi cboy,
What is your very reasonable price for this lathe? I am a student in machining and I believe that this lathe can help me practice, in my courses. If you have any photos I would appreciate to send as well. You may send your response to: ************

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