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Mini Lathe
« on: January 01, 2020, 10:47:49 AM »
These look like a cheap handy little tool to have. Mini Lathe

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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2020, 10:59:28 AM »
I always used to want a little Unimat lathe back in the 70s.  I had a little Saturday job with a "market stall jewellers" type of place and made use of his lathe frequently.

I could be tempted by one of these, though it will be cheap and cheerful and I'm dubious of the  "item location: Ireland" given the business address is China.  It'll probably get caught by UK Customs on the way in. The last thing I bought  from AliExpress sat in Customs for a month before they finally released it.

Quite a few recent negative feedback scores for the seller too.
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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2020, 11:08:32 AM »
Yes its cheap enough so I've bought one.  It looks ideal for the model making tool kit I have uses for it already, unlike the one in my workshop it will fit in the house! :)

No doubt I will end up modifying it for the duties it will be used for!

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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2020, 11:36:16 AM »
The last thing I bought  from AliExpress sat in Customs for a month before they finally released it.


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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2020, 01:34:25 PM »
I'm dubious of the  "item location: Ireland" given the business address is China.

And they do not quote postage to me in Ireland!  ???
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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2020, 06:18:13 PM »
I guess my only question/concern would be where this comes from and whose regs it complies with, being a mains appliance. I can see a pic of what I assume is the mains power supply and it has a two, not three pin plug - does it come direct from China?

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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2020, 07:15:44 PM »
I think Lathe is not the best description, drill mounted on a plate more like it. 

I would not like to turn a buffer on it :goggleeyes:

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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2020, 07:50:33 PM »
I think Lathe is not the best description, drill mounted on a plate more like it. 

I would not like to turn a buffer on it :goggleeyes:

That was my view too. Not even a semblance of an adjustable tailstock to enable proper locating of the material to be worked.
Most of the similar ones listed include the word "bead" in the main description, whereas this one only includes that in the specifics. I suspect that making small wooden beads is about all it's fit for.

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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2020, 09:17:24 PM »
I think Lathe is not the best description, drill mounted on a plate more like it. 

I would not like to turn a buffer on it :goggleeyes:

That was my view too. Not even a semblance of an adjustable tailstock to enable proper locating of the material to be worked.
Most of the similar ones listed include the word "bead" in the main description, whereas this one only includes that in the specifics. I suspect that making small wooden beads is about all it's fit for.

I looked at this so called Lathe it looks like mini drill mounted on a very poor horizontal fixed drill press, very limited as to what you could turn up on it. :thumbsdown:
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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2020, 01:16:33 AM »
I guess my only question/concern would be where this comes from and whose regs it complies with, being a mains appliance. I can see a pic of what I assume is the mains power supply and it has a two, not three pin plug - does it come direct from China?
Pic has a DC input socket so most likely 9-12VDC or possibly up to 24VDC. 
Use a local approved power supply with a cheap train controller.

I was planning to make a mini-table saw.  This looks like a useful basis on which to add a better table with slide table, fence and zero clearance saw slot.
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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2020, 01:54:18 AM »
Had a look on e-bay at these.
Aimed at wood turning, particularly making and polishing beads (surprised there is a market).  No mention of metal at all.
Have a 12 to 24V DC speed control, local compliance probably non-existent for AC to DC power pack.  Could make a good speed controller cheaply and easily or buy a hobby one.
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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2020, 10:01:28 AM »
I think Lathe is not the best description, drill mounted on a plate more like it. 

I would not like to turn a buffer on it :goggleeyes:

Nor would I attempt such a precision task as that for this machine, even using decent engineering lathe requires a lot of setting up for such a small job!

But used within realistic parameters such as cutting and shaping small parts using a sanding disc or saw wheel for me it has a use.

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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2020, 12:13:58 PM »
I think Lathe is not the best description, drill mounted on a plate more like it. 

I would not like to turn a buffer on it :goggleeyes:

Nor would I attempt such a precision task as that for this machine, even using decent engineering lathe requires a lot of setting up for such a small job!

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Personally I would use a form tool so there would be little setup once the tool had been made, however, I doubt very much that the "Mini Lathe" would have enough torque to use one.

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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2020, 03:48:06 PM »
I think Lathe is not the best description, drill mounted on a plate more like it. 

I would not like to turn a buffer on it :goggleeyes:

Nor would I attempt such a precision task as that for this machine, even using decent engineering lathe requires a lot of setting up for such a small job!

Personally I would use a form tool so there would be little setup once the tool had been made, however, I doubt very much that the "Mini Lathe" would have enough torque to use one.


Yes a form tool is what I would use too.

However this topic was really about letting people know of a cheap little handy tool being sold for model making,  which actually could probably be just as or more handy than a Dremel !

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Re: Mini Lathe
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2020, 04:04:56 PM »
Had a look on e-bay at these.
Aimed at wood turning, particularly making and polishing beads (surprised there is a market).  No mention of metal at all.

I bet it's for the US market. There are lots of things for sale here that are geared up to the home crafts market. The Silhouette Programmable cutting machines are another example, designed primarily for scrapbooking, but can be used for modelling. The pictured power supply has a US plug on it as well.

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