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Old 11-25-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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I am new to the electric scene and I was wondering is it worth buying a motor lathe because I am planning on racing carpet 1/10 touring and possibly 1/12. Both stock classes. I was checking out the hudy lathe which is very nice but what other companies make lathes for modified and stock motors. I am very consious about having my cars always running at its best. I used to race 1/8 and 1/10 scale onroad. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-25-2007, 07:09 PM   #2
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A Lathe is a must have. Even though the popularity of brushless continues to grow it will be some time before they are made legal to run with certain brushed classes. As far as what brand, don't get yourself caught up in a "status" thing where you have to have a $500 lathe. I have had a Cobra, Integy, Hudy, and Orion. In my opinion, the Orion Quickset Lathe's are the smoothest have used. Again, just my opinion. Oddly enough, they ere also the least expensive. Best bet is to ask around to see if people you race with prefer a certain lathe and why. Maybe they will let you use it to cut a comm or 2 and you can then formulate an opinion.
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Old 11-25-2007, 07:14 PM   #3
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I have to agree... I think the Hudy lathes are absolutely gorgeous, but having used them I can't really say they do a better job for me than a Cobra or an Orion.
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:56 PM   #4
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agree, having a lathe is good to have for racing. i have a cobra and it works just fine
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:59 PM   #5
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a lathe is a must
but i run BL now so i dont need it
you may want to run 19t and run a 10.5,just a thought
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:05 PM   #6
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I don't have a motor lathe but have some motors that i need to cleen. Will a scotch brite pad or a lite piece of sand paper do the job for now.
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your best bet is to find someone , most racers will help you out , or your lhs should be able to do it for 5 bucks , till you can get a lathe , or go brushless and your not just cleaning the comm , your re-surfacing and making it round , ray
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I have a nice hudy lathe with the v-guides and diamond bit, in excellent condition for sale. $110 shipped lower 48 states. Only reason for selling is I switched to nitro. Sorry for the spam, just thought I would throw that out. Back to regularly scheduled topic.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:50 PM   #9
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I have to agree about hudy they make gorgous equipment but doesn't mean its going to do the job better. I have been checking out the orion quickset and the integy lathes. There is not much info on them as far as cutting stock comm's down I know they all cut modified's. I have been checking numerous online shops and the orion is not in stock anywhere.
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I have a cobra and its works great
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Old 11-27-2007, 01:30 AM   #12
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I have been checking out the orion quickset and the integy lathes. There is not much info on them as far as cutting stock comm's down I know they all cut modified's. I have been checking numerous online shops and the orion is not in stock anywhere.
Any of the lathes will cut both modified and stock comms. There was a distinction made years ago between stocks and mods because back then the stock motors could not be disassembled. The "stock" lathes of the day were made to cut the comm while it was still inside the motor can.

Now that we've had rebuildable stock motors for years, the "mod" lathes are all you'll need.

Don't worry too much if you can't find the Orion lathe. The Cobra does a great job. The only advice I'd offer is to start out with a carbide bit in your first lathe, until you get a feel for doing the job. Diamond bits will never wear out in normal use, but they're brittle and it's easy to break or chip the cutting edge, so learn to cut on a carbide bit or two before you risk breaking an expensive diamond bit. Once you're comfortable using the lathe, then go for the diamond bit if you find sharpening the carbide bit gets to be a pain in the butt (carbide bits will need sharpening from time to time a diamond bit is maintenance free as long as you don't chip it.) I've been using the same diamond bit in my Cobra lathe since 1992, that's fifteen years and I don't know how many thousands of comm cuts and it still cuts like the day I got it.
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just remember that every lathe can be good, just make it precise, if you dont take time in setting one up just right it will not cut right...
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i got a lathe off ebay made by a company called "Kose" i have never heard of it before but it works excellent and it was like $70 with a diamond bit. Just goes to show that you dont need a high class name on it for it to work well
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Does anyone have an opinion on an auto lathe Integy makes one and wondered if it any better or worse than a manual?
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