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Old 10-21-2004, 11:27 AM   #16
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I was also in the same situation as you about a month ago. Decided to buy a comm lathe because I want to get semi-serious about flashlight racing this winter.

My two choices came down to a Hudy or an Integy lathe. After asking around on the forums, most agreed Integy was just as good as Hudy in the comm lathe department. At first I was going to go with the Integy Xipp X-MOD Super Lathe 2. It was around $125 at Horizon but didn't include a slave motor. So then I saw the Integy Auto Lathe. It hooks directly up to a 12v power source and comes with a very nice carrying case. The best thing is Horizon has it for $152!

Since the Auto lathe was only ~$30 more than the manual lathe, I went with the Auto lathe. I used it for the first time last night. Very easy to use and worked great. Based on my limited use of the Integy Auto lathe, I highly recommend it.

Also after reading various threads I'm going to stick with carbide bits. I can buy a lot of $4 carbide bits compared to one $90 diamond bit.
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Old 10-21-2004, 11:32 AM   #17
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Big Jims forum has a great section on lathes and cutting comms. Somewhere in there explains, well everything.


go to message bosrds then Big Jims Motor Forum.
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Old 10-21-2004, 12:36 PM   #18
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Geez...I dunno what to say. You guys have been so helpful! I think...I might start to cry here... ....sorry just couldn't help it!

Seriously though...that was allot of good information. I wasn't expecting that much. I think I will go with one of two choices...integy, because they are a few blocks from my house....or team cobra...because of the high esteem you folks place their lathes in.
I will let you know which I go with.....time to go raise some money!
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Old 10-21-2004, 12:44 PM   #19
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Originally posted by Punkynutt
hmmm....I was in your position a month ago......I was set on getting a Trinity Tru-Lathe 3 since I can trust their products........however nowhere had anyone recommended it. Hudy was too expensive, but I needed to make this the first and last lathe. So I looked into the Cobra, but you had to get the stock conversion for stock motors. The Trinity can cut both armatures, comes with the v-blocks AND ball-bearings and includes a carbide bit for $159

I live in South Africa and ordered from Towerhobbies...so this thing had to work forever coz sending it back would just hurt the budget and the racing schedule.

So far, nothing wrong with the lathe. What did convince me was the review done by Bryan Balak at www.balakracing.

Check it out.
You guys don't use rebuildable stock motors? I was going to say I use the same Cobra lathe with both stock and mod arms. Works awesome. And just about everyone reccomends going with the V-grooves.

Jackfast, if you ever need a replacement carbide bit, try www.slickzero.com as Mike has some good bits of both left and right hand cutting.
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Old 10-21-2004, 12:59 PM   #20
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I've had no problems with my Hudy Lathe. Works great, I use carbide bits from McMasterCarr. For C6 bits for $2.50 each they're a bargain, pretty much disposible. I do have the Diamond file if I feel I want to clean up the tip a bit.

How is this a bad combination?
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Old 10-21-2004, 02:13 PM   #21
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From the two your comparing.......I'd go with the Integy auto lathe......the cobras are ok, but really no comparison to the integy auto......without getting into the 50 reasons I could list....I'll just mention a few important ones......The integy comes with Solid carbide V-guides, not moon shaped, soft (in comparison to carbide) guides........The integy comes with high wind ,low vibration , long life slave motor'(s).....with the cobra , you can use a stock motor for the slave motor, but this isn't "at all" comparable (vibration wise or life wise) to the ones that come on the integy unit......and even if you buy an additional high wind slave motor for the cobra, it still wont be as vibration free because of the direct belt (slave motor to arm being cut) design.......and most importantly , the finished cut from the integy auto will be more consistant and true than what the cobra will give you......Iv'e yet to see even the best set-up cobra lathe cut any more accurate than within, 1 and a half , to 2 thousanths(about what they advertise)......the Integy Auto Lathe is a very close copy of the much more expensive Hudy Executive Auto lathe, and tends to cut accurate within tenths of thousanths.......hope this helps some
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Old 10-21-2004, 08:09 PM   #22
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Just get the basic unit and your set. My diamond bit hudy is over 6years old and as reliable as day one
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Old 10-21-2004, 08:25 PM   #23
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Simple and excellent build quality. Nice carry case with comm cutting lube, shims etc. Comes with a 3 point bit too. Not sure about availability though.


I've tried the Hudy and own a Kose. Both are top notch lathes.

If you're planning to stay in the hobby awhile, you might as well get something good. For less than the price of a pro kit, you get something that will outlast half a dozen kits at least in your RC hobby.
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Old 11-11-2004, 10:30 PM   #24
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i dunno if it is still around. i use the Express Elite lathe. I use carbide bits too.. works well...

bought mine us ed for about 90$.. came with like 5 carbide and 1 diamond bit... i soldred on some leads to the switch and put an old 2000 4-cell for power.

works real well.

spend no more than 150$.. and it'll last you a long time.

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Old 11-13-2004, 01:12 PM   #25
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I've got a twister lathe (haven't got a clue how old but i know it had 1 previous owner before i bought it of the seller) and it's the best bit of kit i've bought in ages , as you don't have to ask for others to do it for you , one thing i would definetly invest in are safty goggles as you can damage your eyes (if you didn't know already) if copper get into them.

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Old 11-13-2004, 03:39 PM   #26
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stormer or sheldon hobbies has a team cobra lathe with diamond bit for around $150-$160.
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Old 11-13-2004, 04:25 PM   #27
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The Cobra A/C powered tire lathe does a fine job for me.

Get a quality digital caliper so you can convert values easily. Don't rely on any lathe for true measurements.

I like having my own tools.

Now I only have to bribe someone else at the track to true my comm's.

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Old 11-13-2004, 07:50 PM   #28
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I would recomend a hudy lathe, it may be expensive but thats the price you pay for the best.
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Old 11-13-2004, 07:56 PM   #29
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i second that.........just save a bit more and get a hudy..........if there good enough for the pros then there good enough for you
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