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Old 19-01-18, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Newby Looking for a Lathe

Right the time has come to buy a lathe, I have many small jobs to do, and would like to do them myself, turning bushes and making washers, threading and making small stuff. I have never owned or used a lathe, but wish to learn.

I am looking at Myford ML7, ML7R or Super 7 or alternatives, these come up often on eBay but vary widely in price from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand pounds.

I would like one complete with it's cabinet base, ideally 3 and 4 jaw chuck and tools, single phase motor, and original work light would be nice.

The trouble is I suspect many are for sale because they are worn out, I do not really know how to tell.

Questions are

1. What other bits are essential to have. I do not want an incomplete one.
2. What other makes are recommended in the ML7 size and price bracket ?
3. Any other tips please
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Old 19-01-18, 04:17 PM   #2
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I'm no lather expert but have learnt over the years that Myford attract a premium due to their name and that equally capable (and sometimes better) lathes are available for less pennies.

Lathes.co.uk is a good resource.

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Old 19-01-18, 04:17 PM   #3
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I use a Raglan Little John, same physical size as a Myford but just that bit more usable.
It will take 1"dia through the head stock, turn 10" dia over the bed, has fully variable speed from 35 to 1750 rpm. They are now getting on in life, production was from mid 40's to 1971.
Look on lathes.co.uk for a heads up of all the lathes specs etc.
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Old 19-01-18, 04:24 PM   #4
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I recently got a ex-school Colchester Bantam.
A nice wee machine & I think a bit more industrial than a Myford & similar in size.

Boxfords are a good make too , but there are plenty other makes too !

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Old 19-01-18, 04:29 PM   #5
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Agree with Andy, Raglan Littlejohn or Raglan 5" are excellent lathes, most have had school use only.

Not too big for home use either.

Colchesters are a professional lathe and very nice.

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Thanks guys, that gives me some alternatives to search for.
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I am on a Model engineering Forum and from reading posts the cheaper the price the more needs doing, as pointed out in another post on this Forum I have a Machine Mart CL500 which I'm more than happy with, does all the machining and part making I need and there is a very good selection of tooling available for the Lathe, it can take 26mm in the chuck spindle.

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Old 19-01-18, 05:10 PM   #8
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I am on a Model engineering Forum and from reading posts the cheaper the price the more needs doing, as pointed out in another post on this Forum I have a Machine Mart CL500 which I'm more than happy with, does all the machining and part making I need and there is a very good selection of tooling available for the Lathe, it can take 26mm in the chuck spindle.

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Yes agree, a cheap ML7 maybe a false economy. Spares can be expensive. Many may be past their best by now, they stopped making them in 1979 I believe.
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Old 19-01-18, 05:29 PM   #10
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RDG Tools bought the name and now make Myford Lathes and spares, do not know how they fare with them though.
Depending where you are in the South, The London Model Engineering Exhibition is on at the Alexandra Palace today, tomorrow and Sunday
https://www.myford.co.uk/cgi-bin/mf0...CTION=SHOWFORM
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