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Old 12-13-2005, 09:48 PM   #16
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So.... what do you think people????
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Old 12-13-2005, 09:59 PM   #17
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Well, whoever has an orion or compatible lathe and can afford it (I can't )

can also buy the ORI41609 Oscar Jansen Special Cutting Bit which according to the man himself (O.J.) this thing has an MSRP of 700,00 Euros!!! Well, he cut my motor a few times at a recent visit in Greece with this bit and wow!!! My comm had a mirror like finish, you could see your crystal clear reflection on it!!!! amazing
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:40 PM   #18
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Orion quick set lathe is a really good one. It allows you to quickly adjust for different armature lengths. Hudy is a good one too although the adjusting of stands for armature lengths is tedious. They do have adjustable armature stands but it is an expensive upgrade option. The new integy auto cut lathe is alright but same thing (tedious adjustment of stands). I'd say overall for the price the orion is just right.


The Orion also comes with a slave motor, switch, and all the wiring.
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The Orion also comes with a slave motor, switch, and all the wiring.
The integy auto cut lathe comes completely preassembled. All you have to do is install the bit and adjust the settings.

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Old 12-14-2005, 09:33 AM   #20
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"The fantom is the best lathe in the world. Makes my hudy look like a toy"

I have the tech comm lathe, it's a great lathe, yes. But when you sit it side to side with the fantom you will see what I mean. The fantom lathe is all business, no flashy colors like the hudy purple and black combo. I mean the hudy still looks good in my mind but it's flashy by comparison. The fantom is also built like a beast and the construction looks much beefier with the base and supports milled out of a solid piece of metal and not several thinner pieces screwed together. No where did I make any claims of any lathe performing poorly, but by comparison on LOOKS ONLY, I think the fantom looks like a much meaner machine! I'm not sure why you have a problem with that.
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Old 12-14-2005, 10:50 AM   #21
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i did not realize you were comparing the LOOKS. most people dont go by the look of the lathe, they go for the look of the comm cut.
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I have an orion lathe and its great.No problems with 30+ cuts with the diamond bit.
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Thanks for all your helps guys. So you would recomend the Hudy, Team Cobra, Team Orion, and the Fantom. I will try to find some people that are selling some of those. Any other tips you can give me? If a comm lathe doesnt come with the slave motor what motor do I get?
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Old 12-14-2005, 05:59 PM   #24
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Any 27 turn motor works fine. Integy makes one and its a 55 turn motor for about 20 bucks. Not sure how many turns the hudy motor is but I believe its in the 50 turns plus range. Anyways good luck on finding a lathe. There are many folks selling lathes. Just make sure to get close pics of the guides and whether or not it has a carbide or diamond bit in working condition. You don't want no worn out V or ball bearing guide.
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Thanks for all your helps guys. So you would recomend the Hudy, Team Cobra, Team Orion, and the Fantom. I will try to find some people that are selling some of those. Any other tips you can give me? If a comm lathe doesnt come with the slave motor what motor do I get?
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I sold a cobra to buy a hudy and I swear my cobra cut better,get a diamond bit,and v-blocks this is a must.Diamond bits don't wear out,and they can be relapped for $20-$30,you can't really ruin a diamond bit,if you chip it just get it relapped.It's going to basically come down to how much money you want to spend,if your cost consious(SP) go with the cobra, if your in it for the long haul and want the very best,go with the fantom.I will be selling my Hudy as soon as I can find a Fantom.
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all of the lathes mentioned are very nice and will do the job. I personally look for durability.i look for a lathe that has either carbide or hardened steel V-guides.aluminum,hardcoat anodized or not will wear alot faster than hardened steel or carbide.when they wear,your cut and concentricity suffers.this is why i went with the integy auto lathe.it has carbide v block and cuts very well.it was inexpensive and will work well for many years of cutting.the hudy also has nice V-guides.they are hardened steel.my buddy has one and it is also a nice piece of work.hope this helps.
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I've been told Fantoms are one solid piece, whereas other lathes are assembled in parts. Maybe that's what makes the Fantom so great. I know the eXpress motor guru's swear by them.

I use a Cobra. It was pretty affordable ($169usd) and I've done hundreds of cuts with no problems.
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I think pretty much all your top motor builders are using the Fantom,Eddie O from Brood said he has four of them and it's all he'll allow to touch a motor.Problem right now is you can't find them.I was going to get one for my Christmas gift to myself but so far no luck.
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The Fantom lathe if the Enzo of Ferrarri's...best of the best. It comes with everything you need or would want from a lathe. If you choose not to get a Fantom then the previous advise stating to stay away from bearing guides or a lathe with worn out V grooves is something to take seriously. I think Fantom only makes the lathes in small batches when the demand is there being they cost a lot to make and probably don't sell them as often as Hudy/Cobra/Orion sells their lathes for a few reasons. So I would advise for you to to contact Stormer Hobbies or another place online or local that carries Fantom to inquire about getting a lathe, maybe your inquiry will be enough for them to start/make up another batch of them????
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I found a new Integy comm lathe on ebay. Heres a link to the one I found. What do you guys know about this one? What are your thoughts or past experiences with it. Integy Comm lathe on Ebay
Thanks for all your guys help. I really appriciate it. So you guys really like the Fantom, and Hudy. If i want a good lathe for a cheap price get a cobra. Ive noticed on the hudy lathes that they have these things that hold down the armature or something like that. and also noticed on the hudy lathes that they have bearings for the little slots.
Can you guys also list the different names of each lathe. Like the fantom, whats the name, or which hudy lathe do u recomend. There are different kinds of lathes each company makes and I get confused on which I would need and the big differences.
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