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    Assistance Identifying Min-Lathe

    Hi, everyone; brand new forum member.

    I'm also a brand new mini-lathe owner since yesterday when I bought a lathe from an advertisement in the classifieds - I couldn't pass it up, it was only $150.

    The problem, is I don't know anything about the machine; the make, model, or country of origin, etc., and the label appears to have been stripped.

    If possible, can someone help to identify this machine so I can search for information about it.

    Thanks, in advance, for any attempts of assistance.

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    Re: Assistance Identifying Min-Lathe

    Looks identical to the Harbor Freight 7x12 lathe. Made in China. https://www.harborfreight.com/7-inch...the-93799.html
    Jim Dawson
    Sandy, Oregon, USA

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    Re: Assistance Identifying Min-Lathe

    Thanks Jim, much appreciated.

    Do you think I did ok for price buying it for $150? or did I potentially waste my money?

    Cheers.

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    Re: Assistance Identifying Min-Lathe

    As far as brand, it doesn't really matter as all of them are virtually identical except for paint colors.

    If the motor runs it is a good buy. It looks to be in good shape with little use. I had one and the problems I had were:

    1. Motor control board failure
    2. Plastic gears
    3. Lack of cross travel

    It was an ok machine for making small parts but was lacking features for manual turning of parts. I have actually been thinking of getting another one to convert to CNC, but may take another route.

    Good luck with your lathe. It just looks a little dusty but fine otherwise.

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    Re: Assistance Identifying Min-Lathe

    going by the power switch it looks like an early version of the mini lathe

    my version has a large latching E-stop / power switch and
    an electronic no volt release switch that prevents the lathe restarting if the power is restored after a power loss
    plus an interlock on the speed control forces you to start at minimum speed to prevent damage to the motor & speed control board

    https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/cl300m-metal-lathe/

    over the years , depending on the manufacturer ( Real Bull or Sieg ), different speed control boards have been used

    John

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    Re: Assistance Identifying Min-Lathe

    Thank you for the feedback; much appreciated.

    I think, after a little experimenting, i'll have to also look at converting it to CNC. Not right away, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5ed4wk View Post
    Thanks Jim, much appreciated.

    Do you think I did ok for price buying it for $150? or did I potentially waste my money?

    Cheers.
    Not a bad price, I think you did OK. Do you have the tailstock for it also?
    Jim Dawson
    Sandy, Oregon, USA

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    Re: Assistance Identifying Min-Lathe

    No, there wasn't one with it when I bought it, I guess that'll be one of my first additions.

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    Re: Assistance Identifying Min-Lathe

    What else was not included

    Change gears?
    Carriage feed handle?
    Outside chuck jaws?
    Chuck wrench?
    dead center?

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    Re: Assistance Identifying Min-Lathe

    for spares you need to know if your machine was built by Real Bull or Sieg

    my clarke CL300M was made by Sieg

    just measured the bore through the gears and its 12mm and th key way is 3 mm wide

    John

    PS

    looking here
    https://www.model-engineer.co.uk/for....asp?th=127973

    the key way on Real bull lathes is 4mm wide

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    Re: Assistance Identifying Min-Lathe

    Little Machine Shop Minilathe Compare
    They also sell many parts and upgrades

    Mini lathe home page
    His videos on youtube
    Mini Lathe YouTube Videos

    Varmint Al's Mini lathe page

    There used to be user groups, I thought they were google groups, but seems like groups.io now
    https://groups.io/g/Mini-Lathes
    https://groups.io/g/7x12MiniLathe

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    Re: Assistance Identifying Min-Lathe

    Quote Originally Posted by 109jb View Post
    What else was not included

    Change gears?
    Carriage feed handle?
    Outside chuck jaws?
    Chuck wrench?
    dead center?
    I'm really not sure. I have zero experience or knowledge, yet. I assume nothing on that list as the pictures show exactly what I got.

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