I’ve started a review of the lathe, but early days as yet so you may have to wait a while to get all of the details.
The lathe arrived just yesterday and took 2 of us to partly dismantle and then carry it through the house to my workshop. I removed the grease from the surfaces and chucks etc and then with some work today I now have the lathe bolted down with 3 off 12mm bolts.
The only thing that surprised me is that the lathe does not come with a drill chuck for the tailstock! It comes with fixed and travelling steadies, but no drill chuck….
My other lathe (Hobbymat MD65) is MT1 at the tailstock and my milling machine is MT3 and this Warco WM240B is MT2 so no luck with what I have already.
This is how the lathe is listed and I should have picked up on this, but somehow missed it. Luckily RDG tools sent me a discount card and so have ordered a couple of arbors and chucks today.
Just been to the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition and had a look at the Ceriani David lathe on the Chester Tools stand – as of 2016 looks like Chester nolonger distribute these lathes, so have added a link to the manufacturers pages:
Very nicely made lathe, the quality looks that much better than most of the lathes around at the moment. My only concern is the fixing of the top slide – two quite small bolts and if you look at the lathe the cross-slide is not that wide.
Has anybody got one of these lathes and experience of using it?
So what lathes are there with a maximum turning diameter of 250mm and 550mm between centres?
- Ceriani David 201 D200x500- emcomachinetools.co.uk
- Emco Compact 8 D210x400 – emcomachinetools.co.uk
- Excel Quantum D250x550 – Excel Machine Tools
- Sieg C4 D210x400 – a tad on the small side
- Wabeco D6000E D270x600 – emcomachinetools.co.uk – promises very high quality, but is this true
- Warco WM-250 D250x610 – Warco.co.uk
- The Warco WM-240 D240x400 – Warco.co.uk WM-240
What other lathes are there in this rough size range?
Just looking around at lathes and came across this lathe on the emcomachinetools website. It looks like a slightly more modern version of my Hobbymat MD that is about 25 years old – review on glue-it.com
Some more searching and this looks like a Prazi SD300 Masterturn.
A bit more searching and Wabeco and Prazi appear to be the same.
However, I just cannot quite pin them down – where is the manufacturers website?