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I have got a nice one (Unimat) for sale & it's pretty light for what it is but still shipping to the U.K might be prohibitive!

Still, if you go on epay you should be able to get one reasonably cheap over there!

Sherline is the Cadilac of small lathes

but, old Unimats are quite good for light duty work and very versitile!


Here's one of the two I have, this one is one I stripped & repainted & left in Lathe format. The other is set up as a mill & was in decent shape to start. One of the two is for sale (probably this one), because I also have a Sherline!

 

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Hi guys

Thanks for all the comments.

The Unimat, Sherline or Axminster would seem to be fine for what I want.

Things like bearings, wheels, spacers, maybe metal gears etc and other small jobs is what I was thinking of using it for. For those things when it's not possible (or too expensive) to buy something ready-made.

I've just been told someone locally may have one, so I'll check that out tonight at our club-night.

Cheers
Dave
 

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IMO any of the rebranded variable speed Micro lathes are good value. I would look at a 14" (350mm) if your budget will extend that far. These are sold under various brand name around the world, Axminster just being one. The version gasowder has linked to should do all you need.
 

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Ey Up Guys.

I have the AxminsterSIEG mini-lathe. At £213 it is a bargain.

However I also purchased the Compound Slide @ £19, and Tungsten Carbide tool set @ £17, and a Magnetic work-light @£50, Making £300 all in.

Absolutely brilliant.

No connection with Axminster Power Tools whatsoever, just a very satisfied customer.

vbr Chris A.
 

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QUOTE (CJA @ 20 Oct 2011, 12:27) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Ey Up Guys.

I have the AxminsterSIEG mini-lathe. At £213 it is a bargain.

However I also purchased the Compound Slide @ £19, and Tungsten Carbide tool set @ £17, and a Magnetic work-light @£50, Making £300 all in.

Absolutely brilliant.

No connection with Axminster Power Tools whatsoever, just a very satisfied customer.

vbr Chris A.

I've had a few tools from Axminster who are always on the ball sorting out problems, and unless the policy has changed, the £213 for the lathe included shipping?

Peter
 

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I dont have a lathe but often wonder what tasks could be completed if I had one.
Could some members tell me the sort of thing a lathe could be used for regards scratchbuilding and modifying slotcars.
TIA

munter
 

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I've got a Proxxon 230D lathe for several years now, and I'm very pleased with it. There's always a possibility to get spear part, and all sorts of gadgets are separately available for a specific jobs.
After service is also very good. I recently had a tooth that broke of a pinion in the gear box due to my own fold
. I did an e-mail to the mother factory in Germany and within 2 days a new replacement part arrived by post, I don't know many places where you get such a good service.
I even saw that they are selling kits now to turn the lathe into CNC driven machine.
What I'm finely want to say buy a machine that has technical possibilities with a good back up service.
Cheers,
Danny
 
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