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thjakits

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Be aware, that a 10x(whatever) is about the smallest lathe useful for anything. 8x""" and 7x""" is really only good for very small stuff and then you might want to look into something with a name (NOT any mini-lathe).
Check you project - figure out the biggest part you would want to make on a lathe (...include any build and maintenance support gear as well!!) ad 20% and get a lathe of that size (diameter AND length)...

Craigslist, youtube channels!!

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Dana

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I beg to differ, I've made a number of "useful" things on my 6X18 Atlas lathe. Many of us don't have the room for anything bigger.
 

thjakits

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...you always can beg!!
I'd say your ATLAS isn't in the Mini-Lathe class of quality - that would be an insult!
As I said - if you want/need/must use smaller than 10x you would want to look into "something with a name".
I'd say ATLAS is a good name! Another one would be Sherline and EMCO Unimat another.
Though most likely all of these are produced in China by now - they seem to have excellent QC on site...
Definitely a better choice than the rough Mini-Lathes ones....

NOW - this is not to say you cannot MAKE a Mini-Lathe into a worthy tool! Youtube is full of "Clean-up/Repair/Modified/Upgraded/etc..." videos. The one further up can also be used as a guide for smaller machines...

It's just, IF you already go for the machine, might as well go for the biggest you can afford/fit.
The space needed for a 10x36 isn't much bigger than what you need for the Atlas or a Sherline...
[We are still talking Homebuilding an airplane, right?]

IF your intended target projects are Hotwheel or HO-train size, of course you might consider a 10x22 overkill-size....

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