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8" x 12" PRECISION MINI LATHE - 44859 view this item at harborfreight.com »

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Review by DBN on July 15th, 2013
I got one some years back when the orice was reasonable - today's price is too high.

I do like the lathe a lot - it did arrive with some damage - HF replaced the bad parts. A carriage bearing was too sloppy - I machined it out and put in a new bronze bearing - works well.

The wiring had loose connections causing the terminal block to melt. The repair worked - today the system only works in one direction - need to do more repairs.

The lathe is good the QC needs a lot of work. Due to the price, look at a used US machine - it would be a far better deal.
Review by ubaldc on February 14th, 2010
in short, the jury is still out. while the fit and finish seem okay, i have had 2 oil fill ports (like a cheap zerk fitting) collapse once I used them. that now leaves and open hole for debris to get in.
in addition, the fine lateral adjustment (the smallest handle on the carriage) was not threaded correctly and may be permanently damaged. I am waiting for harbor freight to respond for ordering parts.
i did turn an adapter plate to mount a 4 jaw chuck and the lathe did a good job.
it was smooth and accurate. i will feel more confident when I know I can get replacement parts from harbor freight.



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