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Old 10-31-2002, 05:17 PM   #91
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I have a Trinity and I wouldn't recomend it. You can get a better lathe for much less...If I were to buy a lathe again, I would get the Hudy, they are truly quality pieces of engineering. The new fantom one looks nice too, but it's a bit pricey!
Is that the tru-lathe 3 or one of their older models speedo? What is it that you don't like about it?
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Hi, if anyone is interested I bought the Fantom lathe as soon as it came out almost about a year a ago and It is awesome. The one piece construction is unique. It has an adjustment on the side so you can make almost any armature fit in the lathe. It came with a diamond bit ready to cut, a four cell pack, on and off switch and slave motor and some deans plugs to solder the way you like it. It was a little pricey over 300.00 dollars but well worth it. Oh, I forgot to mention the nice case that is either water proof or moisture proof or something but I know they use the same cases for cameras. I hope this helps anyone who is thinking about buying the fantom lathe.

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Old 10-31-2002, 07:44 PM   #93
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They aren't making the Fantom lathe anymore....(at least not right now)

They made 100 of them, I know because I called them looking for 1 today. They are having trouble getting someone to machine the parts for a decent price....

Count yourself lucky to have one. They look awesome, but I guess I am going to settle for the Hudy unless someone wants to sell me theirs...
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Old 02-27-2003, 06:38 PM   #95
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I just got a Team Cobra comm lathe today and it's great. The manual is kinda hard to follow but the lathe is awesome .
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Old 02-27-2003, 06:51 PM   #96
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Hudy lathes are sweet too. but i'd rather have a Phantom lathe.
Oh yea if you cut a comm with out a lube then your asking for trouble. Niftech sells this great cutting fluid. I picked some up in CLeveland this year at the indoor champs. This stuff is sweet and doesn't fly off. i always use it and my comms are silky smooth everytime. I highly recommend it .
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Good lathe discussion here too. Very informative. http://www.rccars.com/forums/showthr...=&threadid=374
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I have always used a sharpie for cutting. If it is good enough for Mike Reedy it is good enough for me.

I found with some fluids the shavings will attract at the bit thus marking up the com when cutting. Not that it probably doesn't matter because I just want to make sure my com is perfectly round and not causing a brush to bounce.
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I bought an EAGLE Racing Mod 4 lathe, comes with a high quality carbide bit, it uses a reduction pulley to lower motor speed, bearings and it has an option for a hardened v-block slot. And you know what? it comes in purple color!! Very affordable!! Budget friendly......
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I have an EAGLE Perfect Mod Lathe, that I've had for almost a year now. Has the Bearing "V"-blocks and a Carbide bit. Works GREAT. Just add a drop of Bushing oil to the roller bearings once in a while and I use a Sharpie for cutting lube. Probably have 30+ cuts with the bit and it's still shows no signs of dulling. Just cut the Com on my Monster Stock (after about 12 runs) and it only needed .002 taken off. (measured with Digital Calipers)
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i just brought a hudy advanced comm lathe. can any one tell me how many shims must i place below my hudy diamond bit to get 0.15mm to 0.20mm distance between the v guides? I got 4 shims 0.2mm x 2, 0.3mm x 1 and 0.5mm x 1. thanks in advance
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what kind of power supply should i use with the executive. Should i hook it u directly to my 30amp ps or hook it up at 4.0v to my lrp pulsar comp pro charger?
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Cool just saw this thread

Having been a diemaker for 30 years I guess I know a little something about lathes.
I've seen them all and the onlt ones I wouldn't reccomend are the ones with the ball bearing guides. The rest will all do a very good job when used properly.
The problem comes when you try to use the included carbide bit. There is absolutely nothing wrong with carbide but it won't work the way they ship it to you. They just throw a "blank" in the box and go.
The best thing to do is find an older machinist, show him your lathe, and have him sharpen your tool to the proper geometry. You need an older guy who knows how, kinda like finding a guy who knows how to set the points on you '62 buick.
Once the tool is properly sharpened it will last a lifetime. If you do get copper built up on the edge you can remove it with abrasive stone.
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i just brought a hudy advanced comm lathe. can any one tell me how many shims must i place below my hudy diamond bit to get 0.15mm to 0.20mm distance between the v guides? I got 4 shims 0.2mm x 2, 0.3mm x 1 and 0.5mm x 1. thanks in advance
I use one 0.2 shim below the diamond hudy bit.
So the bit wil be just above to v-guides.
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