Thread: Clarke Lathe

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  1. #1
    Just bought this with a load of extras,the lathe is 8 months old....did I get a bargain :whistling::whistling:

    http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...hes-milldrills

  2. #2
    Depends how much you paid for it will determine whether its a bargain

  3. #3
    I'll let ya know when it transpires first,Peter.

    Can't go counting me chickens ect,ect watch this space.

  4. #4
    Hi George,

    It might be only 8 months old because I suspect the buyer outgrew it. The guys in the toolroom at work always tell me they like to do even the small stuff on big lathes because of the mass and rigidity. Still, let us know how it goes when you've had a play . . .
    Building a CNC machine to make a better one since 2010 . . .
    MK1 (1st photo), MK2, MK3, MK4

  5. #5
    Well as much as I'd like a bigboys toy I really can't have one...simply because I wouldn't be able to get it in the cubby hole(workshop) we don't all have garages ya know.

  6. #6
    You need to factor in (wrt bargain or not) that Clarke lathes (as all their stuff) are typically more expensive like for like.

    I much prefer the super C3 variant here ...

    http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/Catalo...-C3-Mini-Lathe

  7. #7
    How do HMS...unsinkable

    The Clarke is exactly the same model as that C3 and other variants of this model.

    http://www.littlemachineshop.com/pro...ory=1271799306

    Axminster do it with their own name across it,so does the Taig.
    Last edited by GeorgeD; 04-08-2010 at 08:17 PM.

  8. #8
    I just compared the two there HMS,and the clarke has a better gear cluster and they're external gears ie easily accessed,whereas the AUT C3 has two gears(plastic) internal on the spindle shaft and gear change rod,this means if you wanted to change those plastic gears then you would have to strip it down and that means taking the back 62mm beairng off(not an easy feat).

    Plus the motor has a higher spec.

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeD View Post
    I just compared the two there HMS,and the clarke has a better gear cluster and they're external gears ie easily accessed,whereas the AUT C3 has two gears(plastic) internal on the spindle shaft and gear change rod,this means if you wanted to change those plastic gears then you would have to strip it down and that means taking the back 62mm beairng off(not an easy feat).

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    Please try doing some homework first.
    The external gears are for screwcutting and the internal gears are the 2 speed high / low drive.
    Both machines have the same gears, you just didn't bother to read and compare correctly.

    The Taig lathe is a totally different animal, doesn't even look like the C3 mini lathe variation and is made solely by Taig in the USA.

    .
    John S -

  10. #10
    The external gears are for screwcutting and the internal gears are the 2 speed high / low drive.
    Both machines have the same gears, you just didn't bother to read and compare correctly.
    Arc Euro quote
    Quieter machine since spindle gears no longer required

    MHS was on about the C3 the above quote is for the Supec3 which is the same as the clarke.

    I'll have anothe gander at the Taig now?

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