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Old 10-02-2001, 11:49 AM   #16
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I've owned the Cobra 2000 w/Diamond Bit, and now I own the Hudy Tech w/V-Guides, Axial Support and Diamond Bit.

I don't know if the Hudy was actually "WORTH" the extra coin, but I will tell you that the Hudy is SOOOOOO much smoother and a lot more accurate and precise.

The Cobra has and always will have more "slop" in the whole system than the Hudy. The Hudy is super super smooth in comparison.

However, the Hudy takes a couple extra seconds to set-up compared to the Cobra with the shims/pinion set-up.

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate the Cobra a solid 6, and the Hudy a solid 8.5

I think the Fantom is going to be much better than the Hudy lathes. Nothing to get mis-aligned, so less maintenance, and it rides on ground rods & bearings (I believe) instead of teflon slides.

Dollar for dollar, I would say that the Cobra is the best bang for the buck.

Verdict still to be made on the new Hudy (Only made one cut so far).
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Old 10-02-2001, 12:12 PM   #17
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I'm looking for a lathe as well.

thanks for all the info. There are so many out there, what to do.
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Old 10-02-2001, 12:20 PM   #18
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I have seen a Hudy, and they are very nice. I would say they have the best bang for the buck, and are prolly only second in tolerance to the Fantom. That fantom looks like street price will be 300 bucks though!

Here's a tip: get an old mod can with bearings and stick a stock arm in it, and set the timing to 0. It gives for a very smooth motor, and a very quiet motor.

I had been running my lathe at 3.5 volts off my T35, but just the other day I thought I'd try 5 volts. I must say, it works much better, results in a much smoother feel.

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Old 10-02-2001, 12:50 PM   #19
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The Fantom lathe looks very Sweet, but any lathe will get the job done! It looks as though the Fantom uses miniature Pillow blocks for the slides!
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Old 10-02-2001, 05:27 PM   #20
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does anyone here have the web site address of cobra and fantom? thanks!
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Old 10-02-2001, 07:13 PM   #21
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Old 10-02-2001, 09:14 PM   #22
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Old 10-02-2001, 11:46 PM   #23
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has anyone used the eagle lathe. you can get one for like 70 bucks or something from speedtech.
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Old 10-02-2001, 11:52 PM   #24
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spider: You can try www.rcyellowpages.com for Cobra's site, but I don't think they have one! The Fantom site doesn't have pics of the lathe, but if you go to www.rccaraction.com and click on the new for 2002 hobby show coverage, there is a forum with pics of New stuff, and they have great close-ups of the Fantom lathe. Just look for Fantom lathe in the list, be warned it is the most exspensive lathe available today!
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Old 10-03-2001, 01:56 AM   #25
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Cobra's website is at: http://www.teamcobra.com/cobra/

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thanks everyone! noted and bookmarked!

that much for the factory team lathe?!?! maybe that msrp. and i know that there's a discount at the retailer/dealer side (crossing my fingers).
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The U.S. Retail price is the MSRP and will sell for less.

Part# Description U.S.
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F625 Complete Fatory Lathe System $419.99
F626 Factory Lathe Only $249.99
F627 Diamond Tool Bit $189.99
F629-5 5 Volt Lathe Motor $64.99
F629-12 12 Volt Lathe Motor $89.99
F631 Deluxe Hardshell Lathe Case $84.99
F632 4 Cell Assembled Lathe Battery Pack $59.99


That's the email I got from the Fantom Distributor.

So $300 street price for lathe, diamond bit, 5 volt motor, case and battery is about right. Maybe $325.

I saw the case. It is one of those camping/hiking water-proof camera/electronics cases. I went to my local camping store, and they had those things for $50 Cdn. And just stick a silver can motor in. But they really make it unattractive to buy the lathe and diamond bit only don't they?
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i have had a trinity tru lathe w\v blocks for about 4 years....i love it....i dont like the bearings, they have slop....but i am seriously thinking of buying the fantom.....it is beutiful.....very smooth
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I have the Hudy Executive w/v guides and a diamond bit. It was expensive but boy is it easy. Its hard to beat a Hudy.
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I have been looking but have not found it, so I am going to ask all of you. Is there anywhere on the web that compares all the lathes available or just a place that list all the lathes that you can get.

I am sure there have been articles written in one of the RC magazines, but who the hell wants to search all the back issues manually. The web sites for the magazines are hidious and dont list anything. Just try to do a search on lathe on RC Car Action and see what you get. The other ones dont even have a search.

There has to be a place or an article that compares and lists all of the available lathes out there.
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