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Old 11-02-2005, 10:08 PM   #151
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Originally Posted by Stevietd14
I need some advice...
For my entire RC life I have been goin with a buddy and borrowing his lathe.Now he is getting out of RC so I am forced to invest in a lathe or pay $3/cut at my LHS.I race mostly stock with some 19t now and then.I cut my stock motors after every 7-10 runs, and I was wondering what lathe would be best for me?Do I need to invest in a diamond bit, or would a carbide work just as well.I don't have a lot of $ so I was thinking of buying used.Are there any major or common problems that occur from using a lathe a lot(besides bit wear).Like, Would A used lathe have any noticable differences in cutting(not just the bit), between a new one.My buddies lathe was a cobra, and I became very familar with it so I was looking for a Cobra lathe.Any suggestions?
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get your buddy's lathe... if hes getting out of rc, then he should be selling his stuff right?
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Old 11-02-2005, 10:18 PM   #152
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Originally Posted by danjoy25
Has anyone tried using the lathe below? Can I assume that it cuts from left to right.
I have this lathe and it cuts real nice with the diamond bit, never had a problem with it
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:51 AM   #153
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Please don't underestimate the Cobra lathe, and I think that Stormer had it on sale with diamond bit for $159.00. I've been using it for about 7 years and it is still running strong!
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Old 11-03-2005, 06:28 AM   #154
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Originally Posted by primusblowsgoat
I have this lathe

and last year i believe i baught the wrong bits for it cause they cut like doo doo butter.

Im about to buy a new bit or 2, probably a couple cheap carbide ones of ebay and maybe a diamond bit off ebay.

My question: what do i get? AR4? AL4?
I cant remember what i baught last year.

Try here http://www.mcmaster.com./ I think the part number is 3367A131
You want grade C2

Single-Point Carbide-Tipped Tool Bit Lh, Style #Al-4, Grade C-2, 1/4" X 1/4" X 2"

Hope this helps

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Old 11-06-2005, 02:19 AM   #155
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The Cobra lathe is good value for money although you have to supply your own motor. You can purchase a cheap 540 Tamiya or Johnson motor and run these at around 3.5 to 4 volts. The diamond bit is the better value option and will give a much cleaner CD type finish and last a lot longer as the carbide bit will only last about 20 cuts ($5 to be resharpened). You don't want to have to replace a shot comm due to a shit bit
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I resharpened my carbide bit with some diamond files i got from someone on here and now it cuts BEAUTIFULLY! looks just like a CD when I get done...
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