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Mini-Lathe setup for an absolute beginner?

Mini-Lathe setup for an absolute beginner?

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Ian Davidson 222/05/2019 09:55:16
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Posted by Howard Lewis on 21/05/2019 20:11:21:

The Arc Euro Trade Catalogue is worth getting, although it will encourage you to buy more tooling / accessories.

The prices in Catalogue No 10 are now out of date, but are a useful guide.

Hi Howard,

Unfortunately, we have run out of copies of our Product Catalogue No.10.

Our website is up to date with products and current prices.

At present, we are unsure when the new Product Catalogue No.11 will be released . . apologies.

Ian at ARC.

James Bennet 122/05/2019 10:49:06
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> Standard domestic stairs are about 80cm wide. Risers and going are usually around 20cm. I expect that stairs in flats are necessarily wider? So I see no good reason why a machine of this diminutive size should present any great logistical problem of moving it from one floor level to another. Likely easy enough to move it one step at a time with the machine able to perch on each step without support.

So, i've got the tape measure out and there are 14 stairs which are each 9" or so deep, and 37" across (though the front door opening is only 30" across), which means I should be able to take it in this way, with a bit of manouvering.

I think I should be all good now, thanks everyone! - I'll surely have more questions in a few weeks time once I order an recieve the machine - I might take you up on that offer then, too, Martin.

Roderick Jenkins22/05/2019 12:01:21
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Posted by Howard Lewis on 21/05/2019 20:11:21:

...My advice is to use High Speed Steel tools for the materials that you are likely to use. To get the best out of Carbide tools, they need high speeds, and were developed for Industrial...

This advice really is a bit out of date. Whilst I agree that carbide tooling can be more efficient at high speeds, modern insert tools like these work very well in hobby lathes. I suggest you follow Hollowpoint's advice.



Neil Wyatt22/05/2019 22:05:07
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If you are young(ish) and fit two of you should be able to move it with due care. I'm 56 and I can lift mine off the bench and onto a stool on my own.

Don't worry about cutting steel! The instructions will tell you it can cut a paltry 0.1mm depth, I've regularly taken 2mm cuts and bigger with my mini-lathe in free-cutting steel - but you will probably want to get some practice in before attempting that..


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