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Old 02-03-2005, 05:12 PM   #1
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Getting ready to purchase a comm lathe, looking for some input on different brands and features. Right now I'm racing 27t and 19t spec touring cars. I have never owned one or even used one, so all input is appreciated. What do you guys think is right for me?
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Old 02-03-2005, 05:15 PM   #2
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you said best, hudy tech lathe is my choice and a diamond bit.
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Old 02-03-2005, 05:17 PM   #3
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I said best for me.....me being in the $150 range
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i can't really say i've heard any complaints about 'bad' lathes in the past couple of years. with that said, my suggestion would be to make sure whatever you get has two items: v-blocks (vs. bearings), and a diamond bit (vs. carbide).
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Look around on Ebay for a Twister lathe. I've seen them go for under $100, I've had mine since '89 or '90, and it still works perfectly.
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Old 02-03-2005, 05:34 PM   #6
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hudy advanced comm lathe, i never recomend a diamond bit NEVER! i mean you only cutting copper here its not like some high strength titanium, and diamond bits are so expensive and if you chip them your screwed it would rather get a 3 dollar carbide bit from mcmaster and then throw it away after 20 cuts or so
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What is the difference between a lathe that will cut only stock motors and one that will cut both or only modified motors?
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Old 02-03-2005, 05:50 PM   #8
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The ones that say they will cut "modified motors" are the most commonly used today. They cut comms on armatures that can be taken out fo the can and stuff. The OLD stock motors from the 80's were locked enbell and you couldnt take the arm out. so you would cut the com with the endbell on it. I've never seen one and exaclty how it works though.

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$150.00 range
cobra from stormer hobbies. comes with a diamond bit. it does not come with a motor. have someone help you set it up the first time you use it. practice cutting the comm on a old motor.
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hudy advanced comm lathe, i never recomend a diamond bit NEVER! i mean you only cutting copper here its not like some high strength titanium, and diamond bits are so expensive and if you chip them your screwed it would rather get a 3 dollar carbide bit from mcmaster and then throw it away after 20 cuts or so
I bought my twister lathe with a diamond bit used over 10 years ago and the bit is still perfect. I would of went through 100 carbide bits by now, not to mention all the fuss of changing out the bits every 10-15 cuts. Practice with the carbide bits and when you get the hang of everything get a diamond bit, it's worth it.
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best bang for the buck, the orion lathe
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For the $130 to $150 price range, IMO...nothing compares to the integy auto lathe.......Carbide V blocks,(not aluminum junk like most others in that range) 12volt high wind vibration free motors.....It's a very close copy of the high dollar Hudy Executive Auto lathe
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There is no better quality lathe than the Hudy...PERIOD. If you can find one within your price range, get it. They really do last forever. If you ever decide to sell it, it will also hold the most resale value.
As far as diamond bits go, if you can afford one, buy it. Others mention that if they chip you are screwed...well you would be so don't chip it. Actually they are very hard to chip but just be carefull. I have been using the same bit for over three years and it still cuts like brand new. That bit has saved me tons of money than if I were to buy carbide bits and I get a better cut too.
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I bought my twister lathe with a diamond bit used over 10 years ago and the bit is still perfect. I would of went through 100 carbide bits by now, not to mention all the fuss of changing out the bits every 10-15 cuts. Practice with the carbide bits and when you get the hang of everything get a diamond bit, it's worth it.
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
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