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 07-22-2004, 05:54 Post: 91610
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I'm getting interested in buying a metal working lathe. Does anyone own or have any experience with Smithy brand machines? Thanks. Frank.






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 07-22-2004, 08:19 Post: 91621
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We have a Smithy Granite 1324 combination lathe and mill here in our lab. The 24" lathe seems to work well. I think the only negative was a tendency for the piece to move a bit when milling because you use the lathe carriage for milling also. And because the mill head is not stationary there is a bit more slop in it as compared to a single use mill.

All in all though it seems to be worth the money (about $2500 if I remember correctly).
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You might also look into the lathes sold by Grizzly. They're all Chinese made so will probably be about the same quality. I haven't bought any of their metal working machines yet but have had very good luck with their heavy woodworking equipment.






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 07-22-2004, 21:05 Post: 91672
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Shortmagnum; Thanks for the response on the lathe, I printed your info so as not to forget the model number, and I'll also check the Grizzly website. I just finished the first project from my new weld shop so I'll post some pictures in a day or two. Thanks again. Frank.






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