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Thread: Warco WM280V Metric or Imperial
26/03/2017 10:40:49

Probably will have to wait till Christmas to get all I want, that way the expenses are staggered and the "accountant" might not notice! smile p

The QCTP for the wm280 is out of stock and don't know of any direct fitting alternatives. I want a rotary table but I'm still not decided which one to go for, size wise I'm looking at 6", I like the one from warco with the included dividing plates, **LINK** the price looks attractive but no idea re quality and precision.

25/03/2017 09:46:12

Hi John, looks handy the modified location of the wheel - good to know if I start struggling with it!

In the mean time the welder I had ordered a couple of weeks ago arrived, also ordered the steel hollow section for the bench, and now waiting for Warco and my shipper to deliver the machines. Received a call from Warco 15minutes after placing the order asking if I'm sure I meant to order an imperial lathe, he must have wondered who else on the planet uses imperial apart from the Brits and Yanks!

Have not ordered any tooling yet as I'm still not sure what to get and I don't want to waste money. I checked the arceuro online shop and they seem to have a wide choice of tooling. I made a wishlist of what I think I might need (compiled with the advice and help I got from here, thanks to all wink) I'd appreciate if someone points out any missed / not required / or better items then those on this list, Thank you!


22/03/2017 12:32:38

Hi John, looking at your photo I can see where your coming from, your mill is probably a WM14 (can't clearly identify) and the hand wheel of the vertical traverse is on top of the column, while on the WM18 the hand wheel is on the side.

Can't see any junk on your bench, I'd say it's very neat and tidy!

Good one George!smile p

22/03/2017 09:30:24

Yep, now I see your point...I was going to set them up that way because the wall is on the right, so I reasoned the lathe could stay there in the corner with the tailstock next to the wall and leave the headstock and spindle clear. I could space the milling further to the left I wanted, I just placed them that way so there will be less clutter. In any case I will wait for the machines to arrive first, that way I can figure out the best way to place them without guesstimating.

This morning took the plunge and ordered the machines from warco face 1 Also wanted to get a quick change tool post and a rotary table but unfortunately they are out of I'll have to wait for that, unless there are other options, I'm ordering most of the tooling from arceuro and I noticed they have different QCTP but I doubt they'll be a direct fit to the wm280.

21/03/2017 23:22:51

The picture could be misleading due to the perspective it's been taken at Jonn. In reality the distance from the lathe cover to the centre line or the mill is approx 980mm. I don't have the exact dimensions of the mill but from the description the total width including handles is 1118mm, Longitudinal traverse is 565mm, so when the table is all the way to the left it the distance from the mill centre line to the edge of the handwheel should be approx 840mm, so I was thinking I'll be fine.

Probably it would be a better idea if I waited till I have the lathe and mill delivered and then build the bench accordingly, makes better sense.


21/03/2017 18:10:48
Actually my intention was to use 4x2 steel hollow section, not timber, maybe it was not clear from my post. Caster wheels 80mm dia rated at 200kg each but when the bench is in position I'll take the weight off them by adjusting the pivoting machine mounts I linked in my previous post. Those are good for 500kg each, and as they are of the pivoting type any misalignment will be counteracted. I'm not much of a wood worker...prefer welding! I do get your point regarding not placing the bench on casters tho.

Edited By ChrisB on 21/03/2017 18:14:58

21/03/2017 10:41:28


Plan for the bench, doing them separate for ease to move them around but when in place they will be side by side as in the photo, that's why I left some space apart, it's for the milling table travel.

Will use 4"x2" and 2"x2" box section. Mounted on caster wheels and

adjustable machine mounts:**LINK**

Not sure what to use for the bench top, split between a 1/4" steel plate or 1" plywood. Probably will go with plywood as the bench will be heavier than the machine! Then will either put some drawers or cabinet doors in the empty spaces.

21/03/2017 07:07:19

Sound advice, I have straps and shackles laying (remnants of my offroading days) was going to use them.

I'm tempted to start building the bench straight away, but perhaps it would be a better idea waiting for the lathe and milling to arrive first? As I'm also getting the WM18 mill, should it be set at the same height?

20/03/2017 23:01:33

Ok so 31" or thereabouts should do. Will sketch something and get going with it...

Edited By ChrisB on 20/03/2017 23:02:24

20/03/2017 18:26:39
Cheers for that Jason and Dave. Glad I asked as there were a bunch of things I didn't think of. When it comes to lifting (having no one to help me apart from my wife and 9 month daughter) I'll use a chain block. I'm building the bench myself with caster wheels so I can position the bench under the lathe rather than the otherway round. Should still work; while on the subject what's the recommended height for the bench? I'm 5ft9", was thinking of a bench 32" high,does it sound right? The Warco stand seems to be a bit short...
20/03/2017 12:44:32

Most likely if I need to turn a thread it will be imperial but it should be one offs. In the meantime been in contact with warco and although they didn't explain why the discount on the imperial lathe they confirmed its the same version like the metric with VFD etc. They also confirmed they do test run the machines and check them before dispatch particularly those for export; which will be my case. So probably I'll place the order as soon as I get confirmation from my shipper.

Any ideas regarding what tools should I get along to get started?

20/03/2017 06:25:57

Thanks Dave, so the 280 will come with change gears covering both metric and imperial and I won't need to order any, right?  will check with them, at least to comfirm it is identical to the metric version ie its got VFD no DC motor drive.

Any recommendations on what tooling should I get for starters

19/03/2017 20:56:54

Hello, I'm about order a milling and lathe from Warco and while checking the specs on their online shop noticed the WM280 lathe with imperial leadscrew is discounted £445 over the metric, any particular reason for that?

I'm used to both metric and imperial (but would prefer metric) but I was anyway planning to install DROs, so my thoughts were get it imperial and with what I save I can get the DRO but will have to be quick about it as there's a note saying "Almost sold out!"

When it comes to thread cutting, is the WM280 able to cut both metric and imperial threads?


Thread: Warco WM18 has arrived
10/03/2017 09:20:35

Thanks for that, it will do for now. I only need to get an idea of where the holes are so I can some up with a design for the stand ( I'm doing a combined bench for the WM18 and WM280). I'll pick the exact hole positions when I have the machinery delivered.

Thanks again and sorry for the hijack wink

09/03/2017 12:03:40

Following this thread with interest, I'm after a WM18 and from what I gathered I think I'll go for it. Would you mind if I asked you to measure the base attachment holes for me, diameter and distance apart? As I'll be shipping it and a lathe abroad I'm thinking of making the stands myself.

Thread: Hello from Gozo - MALTA_2
09/03/2017 10:12:00

Hello and welcome Alan.

My experience from asking for quotes from local suppliers and checking UK online shops :- you'll get more for what you pay from the likes of Warco etc.


Thread: Hello from Malta
23/02/2017 19:41:50

Thanks Neil, you're right, small island but lots of enthusiasts!

Hi George, precisely my thoughts as the machines look too similar!

Think that the first thing I should do is to list all necessary tooling I will be needing to start with, otherwise I'm blowing the budget with just the lathe and milling.

Hello Vincent, good to know there's a fellow co-national on here!

Yep I know the shop, I had asked for a quote for a lathe similar to this:


but without the milling attachment and he asked for 3800Euro, too much I think when for 2900Euro I can get a warco WM280v

23/02/2017 17:00:22

Hi Alan,

Yes it is, this is the right time to place an order as long as the rates stay the same. Shipping is relatively easy as there's quite a lot of transport companies which do the UK - Malta route shipping all sorts of things.

Should not cost more than 250euro to ship a lathe and a milling on two separate pallets.

23/02/2017 15:28:38


I'm Chris from Malta - found this forum by chance while looking for information on hobby lathes and mills which at some point I intend to buy. At the moment it's works in progress building a workshop at the rear of my garage.

I got basic knowledge in turning but still consider myself a beginner, and although back in my younger days at school one of the subjects was turning on the lathe it was all basic. Never used the milling but I got an idea of how it works.

Locally there's not much to choose from and machinery is typically expensive, so I was looking at shops from the UK or EU to buy from. I'm more inclined to Warco more that to any other shop as I've seen mostly positive reviews on their equipment. I believe a local shop has what looks like very similar machines but under a different brand (Weiss I think).

I'm thinking a good sized lathe and milling would be a WM280v lathe and a WM18 Milling. Any suggestions regarding basic tooling required to start with are welcome.



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