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Old 01-02-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
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hey everyone first post here ,just wondering if anyone has had experience with grizzly tools.I was looking at purchasing the G0602 10" x 22" Bench Top Metal Lathe from them.I'm having a hard time getting feed back on there stuff and wanted to know about the quality and accuracy plus the shipping cost from them.I live in eastern Canada so wondering if there shipping might become cost prohibitive.I plan on using this lathe also for work that would be the reason for the size if anyone has had any experience with the grizzly mini 7x12 lathe i would also love to hear the feedback thanks everyone.



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Old 01-03-2012, 12:04 AM   #2
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Try this site for alot of info and a review

http://www.mini-lathe.com/Mini_lathe/Setup/setup.htm

This site is a wealth of info for mini lathes. We don't have grizzly in Australia but can get the same machine with a different name and colour. They are all made in China and some are better built than others. From what I understand Grizzly has been around for a while and sold alot of machines. You will get plenty of answers. I am waiting on a similar size machine to arrive from China and it seem all these machines come in a nearly finished state which needs the rough edges taken off literally.

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Hello and Welcome plumbman!

I have Both those machines.

The Mini lathe you are referring too is a great machine. It comes from many different distributors like Grizzly, Harbor Freight, I got mine from a Cummins Traveling tool store. I have been pleased with it and taught myself how to turn metal. It has a bunch of features, and with a few modifications (Which there are a lot of) you will have a very nice, and precise lathe.

The G0602 is also IMHO a great machine. I got mine second hand and cannot comment on shipping, but the quality of the machine is great, and is has a decent amount of weight too keep it rigid.

The choice you make should be based on what you are planning on building with the lathe. Most of what you see on this site can be done with the mini lathe, but if you plan on doing larger items a step up might be in order. If you are just getting started you must also remember the cost of tooling for the machine. The mini lathe will leave you a lot more meat on the bone to finish your meal, so to speak.

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Old 01-03-2012, 12:56 AM   #4
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You might want to consider the Canadian equivalent from Busybee Tools;

http://www.busybeetools.com/products/METAL-LATHE-10IN.-X22IN.-WITH-DIGITAL-READOUT.html

King Tools also does the same model if I recall correctly, but likely to be more costly than BusyBee. Busybee also subsidizes the freight costs on heavy items.

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Welcome Plumbman!

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Old 01-03-2012, 01:18 AM   #6
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I would have to look at the griz site to compare.
IIRC the 10 x 22 is a much heavier more capable machine. Shipping will be more and you will need some rigging to get into place on the bench

the little minis are decent machines shipping no problem I think ups heavy will handle it . the mini only weighs about 85 - 100 lbs. up side infinite variable speed. I started with I started with the mini lathe and then got a south-bend 9 x 36 or something it is the long bed I use the SB most of the time but still have and use the mini I have had ir for I am thinking 15 years and have had to replace a couple of switches on it . I did have to repair the control board due to a power sure but can not realy blame that on the manufacturer. Littlemachineshop. com has all the repair parts for the mini lathe .

The 10 x 22 is a much more capable lathe the motor has twice the power there are many more accessories included like face plate four jaw steady follow rest etc these are all extras on the mini. it has decent range of speeds and a qc gear box for threading as for shipping it would like be FOB muncy PA
I would say if you have the means to get the 10 x 22 off your truck and into your shopand up on a bench and it is in your budget go for it.
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Welcome!!
I have the G0602 and like it a lot.
The included chucks, steady and follow rests, etc are very nice (certainly not Bison quality but I've had no problems. I did replace the toolpost with a Phase II AXA. IMHO a necessity.
Tin: you mean I've been manually replacing change gears unnecessarily? Looked all over the lathe and can't find the QC gearbox. Please send location :-)

The lathe is heavy (a good thing) but had to get a rigger to move it to the basement.
No problems but be prepared (as with pretty much all Chinese lathes) to strip it down and Simple Green everything. This turned out to be a plus as I now have a really good idea how everything works.

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Tin: you mean I've been manually replacing change gears unnecessarily? Looked all over the lathe and can't find the QC gearbox. Please send location :-)
Steve you had me scared I thought I was giving bad info. So downloaded the manual as I am not accustomed to this lathe.

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you mean I've been manually replacing change gears unnecessarily?
possibly not there are three setups on your change gears fine feed for machining, metric threading ,and sae threading you do have to swap gears to go from mode to mode chart to chart.
Page three of the manual shows the location of the threading dials. these operate the internal gear selection.

the QC gear box on most larger lathes is internal you will not see it but the knobs are there right in front of you,

Page 33.24. and 35 of the manual show how to set up and use various modes.


so the upside here is one set up in proper mode you just have to turn a couple of knobs to change thread or feed settings the down side is if you use the power feed and do a lot of threading you will still have to swap gears also it looks like speed changes are a bit of a pain. the mini you can change spindle speed on the fly. choices choises.
hope this helps and clarifies things

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I did replace the tool post with a Phase II AXA. IMHO a necessity.
good advice I would agree.




Pllumman I would suggest you go to Littlemachinshop. com and download and read /browse the mini lathe manual and download the g602 manual from grizzly there are significant differences between the two machines it would be good to understand them before you buy and ask more questions if you need to.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:03 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the info guys ,What really sold me was the fact that i went to the local china tool outlet here called princess auto and they had the mini on the shelf for 450$ new so i would say I'm gonna go with that for now and see how it goes.I'm sure ill get it running smoothly in no time and it should suffice for now.My only question now is what is the quality of the threads it produces?Will i need a tap and die set or are the capabilities of the machine of good quality. thanks for all the info
and Tin Falcon thanks for that info,I understand there are significant differences between the two lathes formost being that the g602 is a much more professional lathe.Also less gear changes and such and i would suspect probably much more precisely built with better tolerances and more attention to detail.thanks for the info tho other wise I wouldent have looked much at the mini's features

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The trick to threading on the mini is turn the treading tool upside down run the spindle in reverse and thread towards the tail stock. and IMHO a Quick change tool post is an almost must first upgrade. also make a guard to keep the swarf out of the longitudinal feed gear box I also drilled a oil hole so i can oil said said gears.
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