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Old 10-04-2001, 02:39 AM   #31
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Hi! I'm about to get a comm lathe. I've been into this hobby for so long I have to have my own. My LHS is offering me an ORION Darren's Quick Set Motor lathe for about $120. It has V-groove blocks & comes w/ a carbide bit and slave motor. Is this a good buy or not? I know Trinity and Hudy lathes are more popular meaning they are really good but since ORION is such a big name in RC industry, i figure that they also make good lathes. Please advice. Thanks

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Old 10-04-2001, 05:47 AM   #32
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Someone asked about the "Eagle racing" lathe, I have a friend who owns one. It's quite pretty if you like blue aluminium.
He likes it and it seems to do a good job.
I have a Cobra unit and another friend has a Twister one. The Twister definately looks the best, although it was an expensive purchase.
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Old 10-04-2001, 09:00 PM   #33
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I just got my XMOD Xipp lathe... What lame instructions... anyone have a good set of instructions for mounting the bit.. and cutting the comm ?
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Old 10-04-2001, 09:55 PM   #34
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Try this site, there's a "how-to" section on cutting comms and setting up your lathe.
http://www.balakracing.com/
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Old 10-04-2001, 11:53 PM   #35
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I don't think there is any site that has comparisons of different makes of lathes. I can see an upcoming issue of RC Car Action with a lathe shoot out though! Just a guess, but I think they will have some kind of comparo in the future, unfortunately we're in the present! I have heard people complain about some of the makes, but in general, when set up correctly they will all do a fine job for what they are made for. Walker manufacturing (Twister) is truly the bench mark for the Comm lathe, they were the first and it is still one of the Best! It was a very accurate lathe!
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I use the XIPP MOD lathe, I have used it for 2 years and it works great!
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Anyone have a part numebr or send me in the correct direction to get some Carbide bits ? I know I can get them from the big mail order houses.. but they want hobby prices. I read on Big Jims FAQ that he buys then for 2 or 3 bucks each.....

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here it is:

http://www.mcmaster.com
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thanks antonio
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I wish I knew somebody with a lathe..my P2K needs cutting bad!
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The best comm lathe in the market right now :
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Old 10-09-2001, 08:45 PM   #42
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Where in Fla are ya AE ?
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I agree daniz24,

but that is the Executive version (you know, it comes with it's own lathe operation engineer. Or maybe not, but fot the price it should...). It's fully automatic, but not very portable.

However, even the bottom of the range Hudy lathe is incredibly good.

I've cut a few comms at the track with one (BB guides) and it's an absolutely painless job. It is so precise that even a rookie cuts comms like a pro.

I guess that the price of that lower version is perfectly in pair with the lathes by TRinity, Cobra and Orion.
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bout an hour 15 minutes west of Jacksonville
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I ordered a Hudy Tech lathe with V-blocks off of Hudy's e-shop at www.hudy.net. After seeing a cut with a Hudy compared to my eagle mod lathe, I knew it was time for a change.

Antoniop,
Do you know the part numbers of the carbide bits that would fit. I looked at the mcmaster site and there was a ton of stuff. Thank you.
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