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Old 10-05-2003, 06:13 PM   #1
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which lathe is a good one? I realize twister was the best, but are no longer being made? Which lathe would you guys buy or do you own? Which is the worst lathe out there? Of even if someone could rank them? Need some help with this before I purchase one....thanks
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Old 10-05-2003, 06:31 PM   #2
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This has been discussed...

Do a thorough search, this topic is well discussed many times.
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Old 10-05-2003, 06:44 PM   #3
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I have a Cobra with a carbide bit, does exactly what I need it to do...
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Old 10-05-2003, 07:29 PM   #4
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The phamtom lathe in my opinion is the best one out now but it ie a bit pricey
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I just bought an x-mod super lathe, and it's doing what I need it to do just fine....although this is my first time cutting a comm with it
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Get the Cobra one...that's the one I have. I love my lathe and it works really great!!! No need to spend extra cash on the Hudy or other expensive lathes. Just my opinion...but follow your heart
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Old 10-05-2003, 09:20 PM   #7
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The best lathes are the most accurate ones.

This means:
V-blocks over bearings. At best bearings are as good as v-blocks. bearings will wear over time, not v-blocks.

A central layshaft rather than direct drive off of the motor. this will isolate any vibration from the motor to the arm being cut.

Heaviest base you can find.

Diamond bits are overpriced. They do last longer but good carbon brazed insert bits are about 4.00 each and will cut just as well as a 70 diamond bit, they just won't last as long. But for 4.00, who cares? www.msc.com is a machining supply house that will have what you want.
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I've used a few lathes, and just purchased a new one myself recently. I finally went with the Cobra lathe with V-Grooves and Diamond bit, replacing an Eagle lathe with Bearings and Carbide bit. The Cobra cuts very true, making slight smooth cuts very easy. I also have used the Hudy one, and that is nice as well. I really liked the armature holder on the Hudy, but I saved some money going with the Cobra.
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At best bearings are as good as v-blocks. bearings will wear over time, not v-blocks.
V-blocks do in fact wear out, you'll start to see grooves in the blocks.

Stick with Carbide bits unless you cash to burn on fragile $80 bits that can be screwed up if you bump them with an arm.

I have a Eagle mod fashion lathe with V-bocks and a carbide bit, cuts great and I'm very happy with it. If you have a little extra money I'd say get the Xipp super lathe, you can replace the blocks once there worn out(will take ages though). You can't replace the block on the Cobra perfect lathe becuase they don't produce the blocks any more.

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Old 10-06-2003, 04:05 AM   #10
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I think that all the lathes are quite good, just pick the one that you feelr will do the job best.
I have a Hudy lathe, and i`m happy with it, i have tried cobra lathes too, and they are good, but i went with the hudy because of the quality
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im looking at gettin the Hudy Multipack lathe, or Hudy Tech lathe, cant wait to get one of them :-)


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I have a trinity, and a hudy and they both work well. It all comes down to if you know how to use the lathe. They are all built alike just with different names.
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this thread is faily old, but I did'nt want to start a new one.....

I am in the market to buy a lathe, "Which one"???????


Fantom, a bit pricey, but overall complete
Hudy, hard to find them + you need to buy a bit


I would like to know about the following from users out there....

orion, eagle, integy, etc.....

I am (for some reason, leaning towards the orion) affordability, name. but I would like to hear from other.....
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Ive owned a Fantom, Trinity, Hudy, Cobra and Integy. I use an Orion Qwick set lathe now and its the ONLY lathe to have!! its simply awsome and the best I have ever had. Plus its only 149.00 !!

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Ive owned a Fantom, Trinity, Hudy, Cobra and Integy. I use an Orion Qwick set lathe now and its the ONLY lathe to have!! its simply awsome and the best I have ever had. Plus its only 149.00 !!

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"Does it come ready-to-use?????" did you have to get a diamond bit or is the carbide that came with it "just fine"??????? (How long will the bit last?)

is the box that it came it good enough for "storing" it?????
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