thanx but cant figure out why everyone keeps raving about "longer is better" when 14 should serve my purpose, anyway am enjoying the replys
I bought the Micro-Mark MicroLux 7x16 Mini-Lathe because of its longer bed and the fact the leadscrew is imperial, not metric. After many years of use, I converted it to ELS so I can push a button and change feed-rate and between metric and imperial threading.
I like this lathe a lot, but I wish it was bigger and heavier only because it would be more rigid and allow much heavier cuts. I get jealous watching the cuts taken on many YouTube channels!
Typically, I can't take more than 0.010" (or 0.020" max) on 12L14 or 1018 steel for facing and turning cuts.
Done. Posted in sticky thread.Wow, something is off. A good HSS tool should be able to take a 0.050" cut on your lathe with ease. Head on over to the model tools thread and post some pics of your tool or start a new thread and we can maybe take a look at your turning tools and see if we can make it better.
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