Unimat SL/DB yes or no?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SPEIRMOOR, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. SPEIRMOOR

    SPEIRMOOR Been here awhile

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    Knowing nothing about lathes/Milling machines, could I cut my teeth on one of these ? Looking to learn the basics to make small parts such as spacers bushings etc. I see them used on CL $400-600 and wondering if they're worth it as a first or will I grow out of it quickly?
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  2. tbas3

    tbas3 Been here awhile

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    First! Ok now that the first is out of the way.

    I'm a hobby machinist not a pro. That lathe would be ok for very small stuff. You will be amazed how fast you will want something bigger. I would grow out of a lathe like that in a day or two. If you have the space and budget some people like those 10x22 lathes and they are common. I would shoot for something more like a 12x36.
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  3. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    no. that's 1/10th scale of what you want
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  4. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    Go buy a used full size lathe. I just went through this and ended up with a vintage Craftsman/Atlas/Clausing that I will be good with for quite a while.
    Paid $500...
    It is a 12" swing X 36 "... if and when I outgrow it I am confident I can break even or even make a few bucks on it.
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