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Old 02-13-2004, 04:20 AM   #1
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What is the best lathe right now?
what du u think about the trinity tru-lathe 3
or the orion lathe?
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Old 02-13-2004, 05:10 AM   #2
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Best? Fantom or Hudy
Best value? Integy Xipp XMod or Cobra

Depends on your budget.
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What is the best lathe right now?
what du u think about the trinity tru-lathe 3
or the orion lathe?
I have the Tru-Lathe 3, with the Hudy diamond bit. It cuts ok, but the finish on the Hudy lathe is second to none. The fantom lathe is also just as good, if not better.
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Old 02-13-2004, 09:07 AM   #4
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hudy. a bit pricey but you get what you pay for btw, anyone here tried the automatic version?
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I like the Hudy Tech lathe, it uses a pully system, and the drive motor is isolated ( not directly turning the pully that turns the arm ). It was a respectable price and cuts awesome. I have had a Xipp, a Twister and the Hudy. I like it the Hudy the best. Also have used a Fantom and Reedy. I must say I like the Reedy more then Fantom, but the Fantom is a work of art.
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Old 02-13-2004, 10:59 AM   #6
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Wow, how many motors do you cut that you need three lathes.

I have the Hudy and like to buy once, so I buy the highest quality piece of equipment than never have to do it again.
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Twister lathe ist one of the best ever. Most guys using one won´t change for any other. But as Twister is history there is little chance for getting one.
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75 motors a week !!! just kidding . John, as I said, I have "HAD" those lathes. If you must know. I bought the Xipp, and after a while was not pleased with it. So I got a second hand Twister ( very shortly therafter got a smoking hot deal on a new Hudy). So I bought the Hudy and sold the rest. 1 lathe.
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TimPotter, what did you not like about the Xipp? I was just about to buy one (the X-MOD Super Lathe 2). I'm not racing at this point; it's just for general maintenance for myself & a friend.
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75 motors a week !!! just kidding . John, as I said, I have "HAD" those lathes. If you must know. I bought the Xipp, and after a while was not pleased with it. So I got a second hand Twister ( very shortly therafter got a smoking hot deal on a new Hudy). So I bought the Hudy and sold the rest. 1 lathe.
Gotcha, glad you stuck with the best IMO. I love HUDY products. They have never let me down and the quality/fit/finish is awesome. I had a diamond bit, but after changing to carbide, I like the carbide cuts better. Plus they're cheaper and you can sharpen them up with a diamond file
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I would get the Carbide V blocks, mine had the bearings, and after while it would just not cut a good comm (IMHO). It was more of a fed up knee jerk reaction then the lathe was terrible. I have a couple of friends that have the Integy lathe and they are happy with it. Like John Fontaine. I am very happy with the Hudy product, and should of just bought it from the beginning.
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I would get the Carbide V blocks, mine had the bearings, and after while it would just not cut a good comm (IMHO). It was more of a fed up knee jerk reaction then the lathe was terrible. I have a couple of friends that have the Integy lathe and they are happy with it. Like John Fontaine. I am very happy with the Hudy product, and should of just bought it from the beginning.
Tim. Dont mind me asking this. I plan to get a HUDY Multipack Comm Lathe.

Are you saying that the CARBIDE V BLOCKS work better then the bearing guide?

Thanks for any advice given
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whats the cheepest one, i will want one come summer time, when i have the money.
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Tim. Dont mind me asking this. I plan to get a HUDY Multipack Comm Lathe.

Are you saying that the CARBIDE V BLOCKS work better then the bearing guide?

Thanks for any advice given
Not Tim, but save yourself a few bucks and get the Hudy Tech. The Multipack comes with the attachment for cutting older "sealed" stock motor cans. If you still run those, then go ahead. Just my .02.
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whats the cheepest one, i will want one come summer time, when i have the money.

A dremel and a small file


Sorry, couldn't resist.
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