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ajoeiam

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Greetings

Have been looking for a smaller lathe but do want something decent.
Found a Milltronics ML20 at a fairly reasonable price.
Price that is actually less than most Chinese import new 13 x 40.
Problems that I have with the imports - - - poor speed selection and range (usually they stop at 1800 rpm and that's pitifully slow for any smaller steel work and worse in aluminum) other than that I think I could get such to do what I want. The better quality imports are ok but now I would need to find easy double the money of the Milltronics.
Negative on the Milltronics side - - - - its not a manual lathe - - - - its a 'teach' CNC at minimum.
Controls aren't inspiring to those that have them.

What say you?
 

vederstein

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I'd love 1,800 rpm. My 83 year old lathe only goes to about 1000. Yet somehow we all manage to cope with what we have.

Alas, I have no direct input for you. Perhaps rip the motor out of a Seig and put in another for more rpms?
 
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