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7" x 10" Precision Mini Lathe7" x 12" Mini Metal Lathe

HF 7x10
This machine can do real lathe work, but is severely limited in size--It's actually a 7 x 8. For a few dollars more you can have the slightly larger 7x12:
Which gives you four inches more center to center distance.

HOMIER Speedway 7x12:

Grizzly sells a high-quality 7x12 for $649 shipped, with a one year warranty. (Grizzly ships warranty parts quickly):
and it includes several accessories that do NOT come with HF or MM version.

THIS may be one of the first available Sieg 7x12s with BLDC motor:
KBC 7x12: 

MicroMark's 7x14 has some very nice features like a built-in tachometer and camlock tailstock. $704 shipped:
You will have to pay more for the pricy accessories though.

MicroMark also has a new 7x16 lathe available in May 2010 that will feature a BLDC motor and belt drive--About $750. This is a very nice lathe, and I would buy it over the 7x14.  However by the time you buy all of the accessories that come standard with a G0602, the cost is almost equal to the much more capable 10x22.

These are all quintessential mini-lathes, with 3/4 inch spindle bore. They are all light weight (90 LB) enough for one person to easily move around.

NONE of the foregoing lathes are recommended for turning ball screws. Hardened ball screws are very difficult to turn in a mini.
There ARE ways around it though.
1) You can use a grinder attachment to take off the hardened outer layer--and finish on mini. Cost about $200.
2) You can anneal the ends of ball screw, which, once softened, can then be machined.
3) You can drill the ends of the ball screw and fit extension shafts to ends. These softer metals can then be turned.


User's guide:


HF 7x10:

Grizzly 7x12:

KING 7X12:

KBC 7X12:
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