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Old 08-01-2004, 03:57 AM
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protc3
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a diamond bit is better than a carbide being that a diamond bit is much sharper than a cabide because a carbide edge seems to break down or crack as it gets to a real sharp edge.sharper edge means less load and less burr BUT,one slip is an expensive mistake.i found that for my own personal use,carbide is more than good enough to get the job done.i use carbide and diamond cutters all day every day being that i am a machinist by trade.every time i fry a diamond tool,i feel like i just lost my dog. i will also say that yes,the cobra 2000 is a great lathe.you can pick up a used one real cheap.i just really liked the integy auto lathe and i found it cheap on ebay,139.99 with a carbide bit and new,thats not bad for a beginner or an expert.

yeah,i know that some people like oil but 1,i dont like the way it tastes when i turn the lathe on ,2 you are not taking a heavy cut and a sharpee seems alot cleaner except when your a clutz like me and get it on your fingers
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