I'm looking at buying a small lathe, and I came accross one KMStools.com
was selling by a company called kings, it looked very nice for the
cast iron, swiveling head, toolrest/extension faceplates etc all
its got variable speed, and seems to be fairly sturdy looking, the only
downside being its high low speed 600rpm, as one of the main things I'm
doing is drilling a hole with the tailstock and then tapping with a
handheld tap, I'm worried it might be too high of a low speed.
it had 2 inches more swing then the jet and general lathes, and weighs
70lbs more then the general.
it doesn't say the motor in hp, only says that it is an 8 amp motor.
The next choice is the next size down of king lathe, this being almost
the same as the general maxi(low speed of 480, no variable speed, 10" by
but I can't find a price for it anywhere.
the general maxi is 449$ for 10"x15"
The general is definetly nice, quite a bit heavier then the delta or jet
at over 100lbs.
its the same as the one at work that is used for finishing, with a low
speed of 480 according to kms and 580 according to house of tools.
the only drawback being no variable speed, no reverse, which is useful
for backing the tap out of the hole.
The jet mini seems to be decent, cast iron bed, low speed of 500,
variable speed although I can't find whether or not it has reverse.
from amazon its 299$-25$ if purchased before october 10. although it
says they can only ship inside the US of A.
any idea why? it means that I must pay a lot more to get one here.
any suggestions on which to go with, i.e. which will last better and
have best resale value, and more likely to be reliable.
I'm sort of thinking I will perhaps go cheaper(getting the jet, or the
smaller king lathe if I can find it.)
and then buying a cordless drill and using that for drilling and tapping.
any thoughts or suggestions appreciated, my budget for tools lathe and
everything is around 600$, if there is something far superior (reverse
and low speed being superior for my work) for say 700$ I would go with
thanks for any thoughts or suggestions.
Maybe I'm just a pessimist and am totally wrong; I could live quite
happily with that.
Sane people are just lunatics in denial.