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Old 02-03-2005, 07:35 PM   #16
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Good article...i've learned something about the McMaster Carr bits that i've been buying for years...the pre-round angle makes them dull quickly. Not like I'm going to buy a 300$ tool holder, but my diamond file works fine. I'm staying with carbide.
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Old 02-03-2005, 08:42 PM   #17
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The team cobra is the best for your price range. You get carbide U-blocks. Diamond bit. And it is very smooth. You will need an old motor for the slave. A diamond bit will cost you $80 so that is why the team cobra is a good price, and the quality of the lathe is top notch. Hudy charges you tons more for an identical lathe that comes in purple and black.
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The team cobra is the best for your price range. You get carbide U-blocks. Diamond bit. And it is very smooth. You will need an old motor for the slave. A diamond bit will cost you $80 so that is why the team cobra is a good price, and the quality of the lathe is top notch. Hudy charges you tons more for an identical lathe that comes in purple and black.
No offense, but if you say that a Hudy lathe is identical to a Team Corba Lathe, you have never seen a Hudy lathe. To be 100% honest, it's like comparing an Yugo to a BMW. There is no way you can honestly compare the 2.
I am not saying that it is not a good lathe, it is just not comparable to a Hudy.
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Old 02-03-2005, 09:09 PM   #19
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I agree with Matt on this one, I too have a diamond bit over 10yrs old...also stay away from those "auto" lathes. A buddy of mine set it up wrong one time and his diamond bit went all the way to the solder tabs on the armature
Like you said, YOUR BUDDY SET IT UP WRONG; there's absolutely nothing wrong with the Integy Auto Lathe...

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3Racing make a nifty little unit. Comes with a carbide bit. $100 US from RC Mushroom, needs a motor.
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:20 PM   #21
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(not all) but It's amazing how many people have opinions and dont even know what makes a good lathe a good lathe........and cobra compared to Hudy please
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No offense, but if you say that a Hudy lathe is identical to a Team Corba Lathe, you have never seen a Hudy lathe. To be 100% honest, it's like comparing an Yugo to a BMW. There is no way you can honestly compare the 2.
I am not saying that it is not a good lathe, it is just not comparable to a Hudy.
Boy! if you only knew about BMW's, it'd scare you.

I've owned both and they both cut as good as the other,although the hudy is made better,they both still cut good
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:57 PM   #23
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guys, lets not forget the trinity tru lathe. good one too. best price at towerhobbies.
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Old 02-03-2005, 11:16 PM   #24
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The best lathe hands down is the fantom.....I am sorry, but it blows everything out of the water....biggest problem is the price tag, at usually $400....

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Old 02-03-2005, 11:28 PM   #25
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$119 from tower will get you a pro comm lathe with power base user friendly and works a treat. Very nice cuts and begginer friendly. I think it is the best in the price range. small and easy to take to the track
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Like you said, YOUR BUDDY SET IT UP WRONG; there's absolutely nothing wrong with the Integy Auto Lathe...

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Except that it cuts in both directions unless you stop it after it goes across the comm, back it out, and let it go back. The bits we use for our lathes are only supposed to cut in one direction.
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The best lathe hands down is the fantom.....I am sorry, but it blows everything out of the water....biggest problem is the price tag, at usually $400....

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Yeah. I have the Fantom and it is pretty sweet. As the V-blocks and the lathe base are all one piece, they will never go out of whack.

I would however recommend the Hudy over the Fantom. The Fantom V-block design is perfect, but the bit adjustment system is not perfect, and it should be on a $400 lathe. There is some slop in the guides - there is a good centimeter of movement in the adjustment knobs before the bit actually moves.
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my hudy tire truer has lots of slop at the adjustment knob too so...
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I had a Cobra, have used a friends Hudy, and currently own a 12+ year old Twister. The Twister is FAR AND AWAY, the best lathe I've ever used, and that's why I STILL have it. The Hudy lathe is a fantastic work of art, as is the FANTOM, but they don't cut ANY better than my Twister, and they cost a TON. If you can find a used TWISTER go for it, if not the Cobra will probably suit your needs just fine.
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I had a Cobra, have used a friends Hudy, and currently own a 12+ year old Twister. The Twister is FAR AND AWAY, the best lathe I've ever used, and that's why I STILL have it. The Hudy lathe is a fantastic work of art, as is the FANTOM, but they don't cut ANY better than my Twister, and they cost a TON. If you can find a used TWISTER go for it, if not the Cobra will probably suit your needs just fine.
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