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Old 04-03-2007, 03:58 AM   #1
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Hi all,
Just decided I'm going to get a lathe, and have been pointed towards the Hudy range.

I see they have a whole host of options to choose from and different types of lathes. Can anyone recommend one ?

I'm looking for things like:
V blocks vs bearings ?
diamond vs carbide ?


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V blocks last longer and require less maintance.

Diamond bits cuts cleaner IMHO and last forever.

The new HARD lathe offered by Trinity / Br00d is suppose to be the cats meow...
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Old 04-03-2007, 07:21 AM   #3
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ok, so v blocks and diamond tip

As for the different ones, I can see:

101001 Hudy Advanced Comm Lathe - Modified - HSG
101100 Hudy Advanced Comm Lathe - Slot - HSG
101401 Hudy Tech Comm Lathe - Modified - HSG
101404 Hudy Multipack Lathe - HSG
101501 Hudy Executive Automatic Comm Lathe - Modified - HSG

what's the difference between them all ?
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Chris,

If you are new to comm cutting I recommend the Team Orion Quick set lathe.
Part number #41600. It comes with a carbite bit and V guilds.
When you are more experianced at cutting comms than get the Diamond bit.
I wrecked a diamond bit my first time out cause of my own stupidity.
When setting up your lathe out of the box make sure that the blocks that hold the v guilds are square. I used a metal ruler that I knew was square to make sure you don't get connical shaped comms....I.E. takes away power.

Now don't get me wrong I love my Hudy lathe but if I were buying a lathe for the first time it would be the Orion Quick Set one.
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Thanks for that. Yes I am new to cutting comms, know very little about it so far, I just want a good quality lathe and someone recommended the Hudy range. I'll try and find the Team Orion one
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The Orion lathe can't be beat for the money. It's a great lathe.

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXKBG4&P=7

Used one on ebay too.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Team-Orion-Quick...QQcmdZViewItem

Unless you're into brush motor tuning I wouldn't spend too much money on a lathe and other brushed motor equipment with brushless catching on.
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nice

I've just got to find it in the UK now !

appreciate the responses guys, much appreciated

any recommendations on brushes btw ?
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Brushes will likely depend on the motor.
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my friend has a very nice Hudy Lathe for sale..

http://www.rctech.net/forum/showthread.php?p=3051074
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I got a hudy advance with a diamond bit and it works GREAT. However, it cuts no differently than my buddy with a cobra lathe with diamond bit which cost a LOT less! The top lathe in my opinion is the Fantom. Best bang for the buck would be cobra. I've seen many people with crappy lathe bits (carbide worn to crap and not set right) but rarely seen a "bad lathe".

V guides are the way to go. Get both diamond and carbide bits. Learn to cut with the carbide and when you get good; use the diamond.
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Brushes will likely depend on the motor.
I've got 27T stock motors (monster based, and one P2k2)
Currently using 4499 trinity brushes, but I'd just buy 10 or 20 pairs or something
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