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  1. Are we talking about a Starturn 4 or Starturn 8? The 8 is comparable sizewise with the 7x14 minilathes, but the 4 with its 10mm bore is too small for what I need longer term (can't get a 16mm ballscrew in there!). I dont need computer, monitor, etc (I have enough of those) and I am using EMC2. What can you do?

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    they are only Starturn 4's unfortunately, but the Boxford 125 tcl and 160 tcl i have may be more suited to your needs. Larger bore for both machines and the 160 has an 8 station rotating turret. The 160 is partially converted to mach3, but i can revert it back to it's original control if you prefer.
    If you'd like a chat about these machines i can pm you my contact details.

  3. either the 125 or the 160 would fit the space I have... but I'd be surprised they are in my budget range...

  4. Well saw an ad on homeworkshop.org.uk for a minilathe at a bargain price for a nearly new one and it was within 30min driving distance, so took a wander over there and picked this Warco 4820 (a CJ0618, 180mm swing, 300mm bc) up for a sizable discount off a new one. Its virtually new, used a couple of times on brass and ali, with a set of tools and a tailstock drill chuck. Belonged to a ex-British Rail engineer who sadly passed away just after getting it. There was a nice Denham Viceroy lathe as well for 800 and a small press for 80 but I passed. An RF-20 mill with a decent vice, drill chuck, collet chuck and a set of collets and a substantial steel stand (home-made but you'd never know it) had already been sold for the paltry sum of 300...

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    You jammy git. that looks imacculate......That is a very good site
    I dont think you will be getting rid of that even once the other lathes are fixed tho eh :whistling:

    Out of interest how much did the Halifax near you make? I thought I was watching it but apparently not, and know its ended I cant find out.

  6. it is ... got it home, chucked up a scrap piece of 40mm dia ali bar, faced it and turn it down to 30mm dia over a 25mm length... measured it for parallel & square.. i cant measure any error.... but more tests needed over longer lengths..

    The Halifax went for 240, 25bids...that was a bit more than I was expecting :surprised:, an Atlas 10 went for 195 the day before.

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    Hows that lathe going? (cant beleive its been 2 weeks since I was last on here)

    Thats a good price for the Halifax then, mind it was in good condition and had lots of accessories.

    Have you remade all the bits for the relmac then ??????:heehee:

  8. I wish... pressures of work and no free time last 2 weekends have conspired against me... but i have tried it out and turned a couple of experimental parts for my rotary table conversion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by i2i View Post
    they are only Starturn 4's unfortunately, but the Boxford 125 tcl and 160 tcl i have may be more suited to your needs. Larger bore for both machines and the 160 has an 8 station rotating turret. The 160 is partially converted to mach3, but i can revert it back to it's original control if you prefer.
    If you'd like a chat about these machines i can pm you my contact details.
    Saw your entry on mycncuk blog. Do you still have the 160tcl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vitrace View Post
    Saw your entry on mycncuk blog. Do you still have the 160tcl?
    yes i have still got it.

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