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Old 12-13-2005, 04:25 PM   #1
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Its finally time for me to get a comm lahte! I need some advice and some help for choosing out a reasonable comm lathe at a reasonbale price. Ive heard that Hudy is the best company that makes lathes. But Im not really excited for spending the $$$$ on them. If anyone could give me some other companies and the prices of the lathes, I would really appricaite it. And any other information you may have about comm lathes would help too.
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Old 12-13-2005, 04:36 PM   #2
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Honestly Cobra is the best bang for the buck. You can find them used in the for sale forum all the time. I got one there for $60 shipped with a diamond bit, works flawlessly. New they are $100 plus the diamond bit ($70-80) if you want that.
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I also have the Cobra, it works perfectly. Just make sure to get the Diamond bit right off the bat, you can save a few bucks from tower hobbies if you buy them together. I bought it with the carbide bit and then bought the diamond bit seperate, there is no comparison between the bits. The diamond bit cuts soooooo much nicer and does not wear out very fast.
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yup team corba is ur best bet its like 200 for the lathe and the dimond bit
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:52 PM   #5
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yup team corba is ur best bet its like 200 for the lathe and the dimond bit
why would u pay that much brand new when u can buy them used for a lot cheaper? at 200 bucks, you can get a hudy with diamond bit
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I bought a used Hudy w/ diamond bit for like 175? or something like that. The thing works great and is much better than my previous cobra. If you are going to stay in the hobby, buy the good stuff right away that way you don't buy twice!!!
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I suggest get a Hudy. I saw a few here being sold for $150.00 with diamond bits. I have owned an integy, teamorion and an eagle in the last 12 months and non can compare when I see my friends Hudy lathes.
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Old 12-13-2005, 08:10 PM   #8
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The fantom is the best lathe in the world. Makes my hudy look like a toy. Anyways, the best bang for the buck is the cobra. New from towers it's like 160 DIAMOND BIT INCLUDED! I got a friend with one and it cuts no less in quality than my more expensive hudy. Thats probably your best bet next to a used one(be sure to buy from a trustworthy racer/seller).
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The fantom is the best lathe in the world. Makes my hudy look like a toy. Anyways, the best bang for the buck is the cobra. New from towers it's like 160 DIAMOND BIT INCLUDED! I got a friend with one and it cuts no less in quality than my more expensive hudy. Thats probably your best bet next to a used one(be sure to buy from a trustworthy racer/seller).
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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. Just recently sold my orion lathe to upgrade my hudy and do away of having two lathes. I hear the fantom lathe is the best all around even though it is costly. I guess it depends on how many motors you cut as to how much you want to spend on a lathe. Some have replaceable parts and some don't. Something you may also want to consider.
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wanna back that up with some facts?
Which part do you not agree with?
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Old 12-13-2005, 09:28 PM   #12
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Which part do you not agree with?
"The fantom is the best lathe in the world. Makes my hudy look like a toy"
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Well dakrat, the Fantom is great. You can't argue with that. The hudy is great too. I think they all have their pro's and con's. I recently sold my Fantom to a good friend of mine because I wanted a change.

I ended up buying the orion lathe and it is nice. Just like the Fantom, the orion has adjustments to fit different arm's without having to shim for different lengths.

Either lathe is good, it just depends on what you want to spend. I have seen alot of pit table with cobra lathes on them and you can get a cobra with a diamond bit for a great price.
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Old 12-13-2005, 09:46 PM   #14
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I sold my Hudy lathe for this baby. You just cant beat its looks!!!

Obviously Orion based but................ it's a work of art.


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I used to have an Orion Quick Set lathe, and it worked very well.

I currently have an Integy Auto Supercut and I like it alot. I think I went over-board getting the auto version. I currently use carbide bits for two reasons: they're cheap (I can get replacements for a few bucks from Harbor Frieght and I can resharpen them if I need to) and diamond bits are pricey, if you mess them up, there's $50+ down the drain. The carbide bits cut fine for my purposes, which is local club racing.

Either lathe you get, it's better than not having one at all.

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