By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
Forum sponsored by:
Forum sponsored by CML

mini lathes

Raitool lathes on Bang Good

All Topics | Latest Posts

Search for:  in Thread Title in  
onetenor11/11/2018 19:49:32
1815 forum posts

Wotcha peeps! I was thinking of getting a small lathe and saw these--https://www.banggood.com/DC-24V-Mini-Lathe-Beads-Machine-Polish-Woodworking-DIY-Tools-80-100W-p-1121255.html?rmmds=category&cur_warehouse=CN -----Is Raitool a good make? Can they handle steel and screw cutting?. With the right accessories of course. There are a number of sizes etc.if you scroll down. I would like the biggest one but I'm not sure I can afford it. Especially if it turns out to be unsuitable.

Any ideas welcome. Regards John

John Rudd11/11/2018 19:55:36
79 forum posts
2 photos

Errmmmm with the sort of power they list (100w) you'd be lucky to take the skin off a rice pudding....

As the owner of 3 lathes, a ' proper mini lathe ( Sieg Super C3) a Chester 9 x 20 and a Warco WM 290 clone, I can speak from experience. ( All have their respective uses.....)

Save your money, either buy a second hand machine or buy new....

Gordon Tarling12/11/2018 13:03:19
216 forum posts
4 photos

As John says, don't waste your money. Might be OK for turning small wooden or plastic items, but definitely not metals. Get yourself a proper mini lathe from a reputable UK supplier, such as this one.

John Rudd12/11/2018 13:08:55
79 forum posts
2 photos

Given your choice of lathe, ( and I dont mean to be disrepetful here....) it appears you have little or no experience....

As such, I' d steer younaway from second user machines and recommend a new one....Buying second hand can be fraught with all manner of issues to the unaware....

Gordon's choice is the one I'd recommend too, as I have one... And Arc are one of the best suppliers around..

I think they may gave offers on at the moment.....(early xmas pressie to onesself? )

Martian12/11/2018 15:26:23
1987 forum posts
943 photos

Having made the mistake of buying a low priced Chinese mini lathe i found it totally impractical. The other thing is it you have never used a lathe get some help/training it can be totally bewildering even experience in a large lathe would be benificial.

Alan Gorham_12/11/2018 15:30:34
avatar
637 forum posts
88 photos

If the OP had inserted the link properly and made it clickable it would be easier to see that he is looking at a woodworking lathe, so I guess he would find it hard to turn steel in it....

John Rudd12/11/2018 16:13:53
79 forum posts
2 photos
Posted by Martian on 12/11/2018 15:26:23:

Having made the mistake of buying a low priced Chinese mini lathe i found it totally impractical.

Martian, you have had a bad experience with "a low priced Chinese mini lathe"

Care to expand on that please? I find my Sieg lathe very practical, especially for making small parts where using the bigger lathes at my disposal a little cumbersome....Horses for courses....

cymaz12/11/2018 17:25:48
avatar
7992 forum posts
1053 photos

Posted by Alan Gorham_ on 12/11/2018 15:30:34:

If the OP had inserted the link properly and made it clickable it would be easier to see that he is looking at a woodworking lathe, so I guess he would find it hard to turn steel in it....

Here

Alan Gorham_12/11/2018 17:27:01
avatar
637 forum posts
88 photos

Yep very good. It's still a woodworking lathe.

Martin Dance 112/11/2018 20:03:48
170 forum posts
33 photos

Sorry it's not even a good wood work lathe. Even at the offer price it's still a waste of money.

Martian12/11/2018 20:32:21
1987 forum posts
943 photos
Posted by John Rudd on 12/11/2018 16:13:53:
Posted by Martian on 12/11/2018 15:26:23:

Having made the mistake of buying a low priced Chinese mini lathe i found it totally impractical.

Martian, you have had a bad experience with "a low priced Chinese mini lathe"

Care to expand on that please? I find my Sieg lathe very practical, especially for making small parts where using the bigger lathes at my disposal a little cumbersome....Horses for courses....

Maybe its not as bad as I suggested but it is only 24w 12v so will stall if not careful chuck is not easy to centre I cannot get the cutting tools anywhere it is this one plus it could do with a speed controller and no instructions

Martian12/11/2018 20:35:40
1987 forum posts
943 photos

Maybe I just do not know how to use it

Denis Watkins12/11/2018 20:49:14
3196 forum posts
147 photos

Measure the cutting tool you already have Martian, and grind the bar stock you buy to your requirements

These lathes work on tufnol, plastics,nylon, aluminium and most brass, which does for modellers

Like you say, the feed has to be very slow, but these lathes do work

Feed of course is governed by material and rpm, so one speed will not do all things

But many small jobs can be completed on these machines

Martian13/11/2018 13:20:28
1987 forum posts
943 photos

Thank you for your very helpful advice Denis, more practise needed

MaL13/11/2018 23:22:14
avatar
123 forum posts
13 photos
Posted by Martian on 12/11/2018 20:32:21:
Posted by John Rudd on 12/11/2018 16:13:53:
Posted by Martian on 12/11/2018 15:26:23:

Having made the mistake of buying a low priced Chinese mini lathe i found it totally impractical.

Martian, you have had a bad experience with "a low priced Chinese mini lathe"

Care to expand on that please? I find my Sieg lathe very practical, especially for making small parts where using the bigger lathes at my disposal a little cumbersome....Horses for courses....

Maybe its not as bad as I suggested but it is only 24w 12v so will stall if not careful chuck is not easy to centre I cannot get the cutting tools anywhere it is this one plus it could do with a speed controller and no instructions

Waste of space and money. I even tried a 4 jaw chuck because the 'self centering' 3 jaw chuck was so far out of true it was useless. That 'lathe' will just about turn plastic and if you spring for a live centre will just about allow you to drill a centre in ali - providing you can get the work piece centered in the chuck... really...don't waste your time or money... it will be £135 down the drain.

I tried fitting a meaty brushless motor and designed and built a load-compensated speed controller for the one i had but it still couldn't cut sh1t...... used it once and now it gathers dust.

there is a reason a proper 'hobby' lathe costs £500 and the plastic toy ones from China cost £135!!

If you want to build the controller Martin I could probably find the arduino sketch and schematic. It uses a 3S lipo and an ESC to power the C4250-600 Turnigy brushless motor.. it works quite well at maintaining the requested revolutions.... but the lathe still cant cut for toffee

Martian14/11/2018 12:41:06
1987 forum posts
943 photos

An ornament it shall be then ,lesson learnt. P.s anybody want to buy a Chinese mini lathe 

Edited By Martian on 14/11/2018 12:42:34

All Topics | Latest Posts

Please login to post a reply.

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of RCM&E? Use our magazine locator link to find your nearest stockist!

Find RCM&E! 

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
Wings & Wheels 2018
electricwingman 2017
Slec
CML
Gliders Distribution
Overlander
Airtek Hobbies
Motion RC
Expo Tools 14 July
Sarik
Advertise With Us
Latest "For Sale" Ads
Which part of building a new traditional balsa aeroplane do you enjoy the most?
Q: Which part of building a new traditional balsa aeroplane do you enjoy the most?

 Research & choosing the model
 Building the fuselage
 Installing the engine and radio systems
 Building the flying surfaces
 Covering/painting/finishing
 All of it!
 None of it. I'd rather someone else did it!
 Other

Latest Reviews
Digital Back Issues

RCM&E Digital Back Issues

Contact us

Contact us