- Lochgilphead, Argyll, Scotland
It's surprising how small the actual lathe is compared to the huge cabinet. A small lathe with a big footprint.That's practically been refurbed without a regrind.
I don't know I could pay that kind of money, they're nice little machines but not actually that solid compared to a CVA or a DSG tool room lathe.
That should get you a tidy M300...a low usage secondary school original...if you can find one. Also just below that price point are the well used ones in potentially worn but usable condition.I would stretch to around £4k for a good machine
I think you're stretching it rather a bit, she did wash your Land Rover (we have photos ) and now you want to buy somethingI would stretch to around £4k for a good machine provided delivery is not too much on top of that, £4.5k absolute max as that will require forgiveness from the wife
Thanks @daedalusminos I am sure I will have plenty questions, I think I am being strongly swayed towards the M300, it certainly has a good capacity and an enthusiastic following. I am in no great hurry.That should get you a tidy M300...a low usage secondary school original...if you can find one. Also just below that price point are the well used ones in potentially worn but usable condition.
Sub £2k your looking at knackered ones, don't forget even a knackered lathe will have saleable parts and due to the high price of 600 group spares means you're unlikely to find a dirt cheap knackered one.
If you're serious about a 300, make sure you get advice on here on what to look out for before viewing.
Manuals here to download:
You'll be want 3 and 4 jaw chucks, tailstock Chuck and live centre and a QC toolpost with toolholders
Have you decided on your budget?
My metric M300 will cut approx 30 metric and approx 20 imperial threads without the need to swap out change wheels. I think you get a another 15 or so with change wheel swap.
I merely stated a factYou should caveat that, especially as he has stated his needs are mainly imperial, to say that the imperial threads have to be done with the half nuts closed and no use of a thread dial. If his threads are imperial, it is likely so are his parts, so the dial graduations (or dual dials) on the machine are also important.