Harbor freight mini lathe

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29 Jul 2015 11:55 #7247 by motor12
Anybody have one? How do you like it? I am interested in getting one but would like some real world feed back.

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29 Jul 2015 12:53 #7251 by nappypappy

motor12 wrote: Anybody have one? How do you like it? I am interested in getting one but would like some real world feed back.

I don't have one but I always read the reviews on there web site.....some good some bad.....:smile2

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29 Jul 2015 13:26 #7254 by Geno
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Don't have one either would like to know the scoop also. :)

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30 Jul 2015 04:11 #7264 by GT 14
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Wait for 8x12 to go on sale and go for it. One thing for sure HF stands behind what they sell, if it breaks they will give you another or money back. :2cents

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30 Jul 2015 19:12 #7302 by Kurt-NEPA
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I looked them over many times. I guess it depends on what you want to do with it, but they are small and under powered. I would opt for a used 9" Sound Bend, Atlas or Logan. They are plentiful and can usually be found for $500-$800 in good shape. They are quite capable machines. I have two 9" South Bends, both have done everything I have thrown at them. If you have a few more bucks, find a 10" or 12" Clausing (49XX or 59XX).

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