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7" x 10" Precision MIni Lathe - 93212 view this item at harborfreight.com »

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Review by appsman on December 9th, 2009
This is machine is a good "project" lathe. As others have said, there is work to do to get it to the point where is will do useful work. The price is right and it is pretty solid, but I found myself moving up to something better fairly quickly, so you might try to think ahead (sometimes not possible, esp in a new hobby) and apply the money you would spend on this to a larger lathe, or on used machinery in your area. The depressed economy has hit the resale price of some pretty nice lathes on ebay and craigslist. In any case, starting with this would in no way be a mistake since I was able to resell mine for almost what I paid.
Review by holger on December 7th, 2009
I didn't buy this one from HF, but mine is identical to this. They are excellent but need some tweaking. Lots of information out there on these mini lathes, i.e. http://www.mini-lathe.com/ . You'll need additional tooling. BTW, this is actually a 7x12.

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