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Old 03-04-2005, 12:36 AM   #16
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I have a Cobra with a carbide bit, does exactly what I need it to do...
I'll second that. Cobra lathes are very good and wallet friendly
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Old 03-04-2005, 02:46 PM   #17
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Get the Cobra, absolutely unbeatable quality for the price.
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Old 03-04-2005, 03:06 PM   #18
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Lay the cash down and get the best there is. Period.

Hudy with Hudy Diamond bit.

Yes, you need to be a LOT more careful with a diamond bit, but be mindful of this; dont lend the lathe to mates, remove the bit from the lathe when cleaning the lathe and be extra careful when putting in or taking out the arm, and you wont have issues.

Simple precautions for a lot better comm-cut.

Having said that, if you dont know how to shim up a bit or havent used a Metal Lathe before, go the carbide untill you're confident with the lathe.
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Old 03-04-2005, 03:13 PM   #19
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I have a Hudy lathe, it was expensive but the extra cash was well worth it. with me being only 14 thats a big chunk of change that took my a long time to save up and i still have no regrets spending the extra cash and getting the Hudy.
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Old 03-04-2005, 03:23 PM   #20
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I just recieved a Hudy Lathe and all I can say is WOW. Cuts amazing with the diamond bit and is just a piece of art. Definitely worth the extra dollars.

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Old 03-04-2005, 04:29 PM   #21
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i got a eagle mod fashion lathe with a carbide bit
all i can say is money is well worth it very nice cuts even with a carbide bit just wondering can you fit a diamond bit of a hudy lathe one a eagle lathe ??
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Old 03-04-2005, 04:50 PM   #22
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Keep in mind... not all but "MANY" of the people that respond to "which is the best lathe threads" don't even own a good quality micrometer that will accurately measure down to tenths of thousanths......Carefully measuring the finished armature is the "only" way to tell for sure which lathes cut the most true.....most of the lower buget lathes Iv'e had(and Iv'e had quite a few) seem to be around the 1-2 thousanths mark.......probably plenty good for our application....but they're are better ones that cut true with in TENTHS of thousanths.......there's many features that seperate a good high quality lathe from a lower buget unit.......the only people that think otherwise are people that don't know what to look for...........
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If your not on a buget you can't go wrong with any of the Hudy's........if you are....the integy auto lathe PROPERLY SET UP is "one" of the most accurate (for the money)
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If your not on a buget you can't go wrong with any of the Hudy's........if you are....the integy auto lathe PROPERLY SET UP is "one" of the most accurate (for the money)
Joe,

thanks for the input....

as of right now, I DO have the automatic comm lathe from Integy (you know the one that has the sweet carrying case), but I was looking for on of good quality & that does not take alot of space on you pit table (IMO this lathe does...) anyways, I need to "consolidate")

"What do you all think of the Fantom Lathe????? I know this is pricy as well, but it comes complete.....(battery pack, airtight case, slave motor, diamond bit) "complete"......

"but how does it cut?????"
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The Fantom lathe looks really nice and im sure it cuts great
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