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    Mini lathes?

    Anyone here use a Mini lathe for small jobs or in the reloading room? If so what do you use it for and what size and model are you using?

    Thanks

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    Sheridan is what I used for small stuff (not much) before I got my big lathe.


    I meant Sherline !
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    Varmint Al had an upgrade series, if you will, on how to make a mini lathe more user friendly if it can be found and it's something one wants to persue. There are times I wish I had two lathes . Sometimes one has one's main lathe set up for something and wants to do a small, simple job of a different kind. A mini lathe might suffice. I had a micro mini once and found it nearly useless so gave it away. I bought it to do case work with but it just didn't have any redeeming qualities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Wass View Post
    Varmint Al had an upgrade series, if you will, on how to make a mini lathe more user friendly if it can be found and it's something one wants to persue. There are times I wish I had two lathes . Sometimes one has one's main lathe set up for something and wants to do a small, simple job of a different kind. A mini lathe might suffice. I had a micro mini once and found it nearly useless so gave it away. I bought it to do case work with but it just didn't have any redeeming qualities.

    Pete
    I have a 7 X 10 mini lathe and I agree, Pete. I think it's taking up the space that ought to be filled with a Dillon 650XL.

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    Thanks I might just start looking for a good big lathe.

    Any suggestions on a full sized lathe?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrxR View Post
    Thanks I might just start looking for a good big lathe.

    Any suggestions on a full sized lathe?

    Thanks
    the 14-40's made in Taiwan are pretty dern good for our purposes. I have a similar one and once I saw what it was I sold my Heavy 10. I wanted something more modern and more robust in the cross slide and compound area so that I might mount a DRO there if I chose to, there was some meat to work with. The Heavy 10 is pretty dainty in that area.

    I found the lathe I have for under 1K and in good shape. The previous owner had never used the 4 jaw and the protective coating still was on much of the machine and other accessories. It is a 1994 but still in very good to excellent shape. I wanted the extra bed length as well, just because it is better to have it than not I guess. My Heavy 10 was a shorty

    Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrxR View Post
    Thanks I might just start looking for a good big lathe.

    Any suggestions on a full sized lathe?

    Thanks
    It sounds as if a 9" SB would fill your needs. There are lots of them around and plenty of parts if needed. If you plan on doing a fair amount of barrel work then a H10 SB or a similar machine would be a better choice,although the 9" machine will do as good of a job. On the 9" you would want a 4.5' bed as you would have to do your barrel work between centers. Because of their size they lack the rigidity of of a 10" so you would have to make a few more passes when threading a barrel. The quality of the job would be just as good it, it would just take a little longer. As long as you are not getting paid by the hour I guess it wouldn't matter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrxR View Post
    Thanks I might just start looking for a good big lathe.

    Any suggestions on a full sized lathe?

    Thanks
    If I were looking for a new 1440 lathe, this one would be on the top of my list. Been salivating over this lathe for awhile, the CFO just would not release the funds.

    https://eisenm.com/products/eisen-14...cast-iron-base

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    look at this. in single phase it is only 8 speed, but if you can deal with 3p it is 16 speed.
    look at the add on's like dro , light etc

    it weighs 2000 lbs..that is a good thing
    https://www.southern-tool.com/store/...40gh_lathe.php


    YCL-1440GH-1 - BIRMINGHAM ENGINE LATHE - 14X40 D1-4, 8 SPD, 1-1/2 BORE, 3HP,220V, 1PH (8-SPEEDS ONLY ON 220V/1 PHASE UNITS)
    "DUE TO TARIFFS PRICES GOOD ON IN STOCK INVENTORY ONLY - CALL 800-458-3687 X1 FOR AVAIABILTY"
    Mfg. item #: YCL-1440GH-1
    CPTYCL-1440GH-1
    lease to own for as little as:$126 per month!
    Call for freight quote on this item or we will confirm freight charges before shipping.1


    Quote Originally Posted by TrxR View Post
    Thanks I might just start looking for a good big lathe.

    Any suggestions on a full sized lathe?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin zuck View Post
    It sounds as if a 9" SB would fill your needs. ... On the 9" you would want a 4.5' bed as you would have to do your barrel work between centers. ... The quality of the job would be just as good it, it would just take a little longer.
    I've done a dozen or so barrels between centers on a 10K with 4.5 foot bed. A 9" would be the same. Either is definitely worth a look.

    If you're anywhere around Denver you're more than welcome to come look at how I use mine.

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    Thanks guys.

    Ill have to keep my eyes open.

    Im in New Brunswick Canada by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrxR View Post
    Thanks guys.

    Ill have to keep my eyes open.

    Im in New Brunswick Canada by the way.
    In Canada maybe you can find a good used Standard Modern lathe. They are very good machines, and were made in Canada

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrxR View Post
    Anyone here use a Mini lathe for small jobs or in the reloading room? If so what do you use it for and what size and model are you using?

    Thanks
    I have owned a 7x14 mini-lathe for about ten years. Apart from making shooting accessories (bore guides etc) I find it great for neck turning and case length trimming (with added stops)

    * doggie *

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    Im getting a precision Matthews 14x40 in a couple months


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spot shooter View Post
    Im getting a precision Matthews 14x40 in a couple months

    Are you getting a single phase or a 3 phase with a vfd?

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