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7x10, 7x12, 7x14 Mini-Lathe Information

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First Look at the 8x12 Lathe

Here's the first impression of the 8x12/8x14 after just receiving it from the shipping dock. It's massive. You'd think (without knowing the actual weight) that the difference between a 7x12 and 8x12 is the swing. Wrong. Very wrong.

the obligatory crate shot. i ordered the splash guard as well.

crate dims:
22"W x 37"L x 23"H

guard box dims:
18"W x 33"L x 11"H

uncrated at the shipping facility.
here's what you get.
here's what's inside the tackle box.
splash guard in box.
it was dented.

what's the difference between a 7x10 and an 8x12? the 8x12 can eat the 7x10 for lunch.

There are certainly advantages to having the 7x10, 7x12 or 7x14 mini-lathe. Its portability, reverse feed (by lever action), variable DC motor are a few of the niceties. You can turn 5/8" diameter ballscrews, ACME leadscrews, and even chunks of aluminum using a faceplate. But beware! Due to its size, concentricity and weight distribution is a limitation. We've tried turning things using a 4-jaw chuck and it can get quite interesting.. and dangerous as the lathe can easily start wobbling! Read up on the 7x mini-lathe at

We'll be launching and to talk more about the 8x12/8x14 and 9x18/9x20/9x30 lathes respectively.

a little rust on the way under the carriage?
finally, a 1.5" dia. rod fits this chuck. and i can use jobber drill bits!


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