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ludedude

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« on: January 22, 2006, 06:20:13 PM »
Hope to pick this up this week...

Item No: B2229
"CRAFTEX" Combination 16" x 20" Lathe/Mill, 3/4 HP

<moved specs to later post to keep blog entry size down>

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2006, 06:55:01 PM »
Sweet! How much and where are you getting it?

ludedude

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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2006, 07:12:30 PM »
www.busybeetools.com

on sale for $1800 I think (CDN :) )

A combination metal working machine to double the capabilities of a beginning
metal worker. Easily adjustable to both functions, it has a 16" swing and 20"
between centers.
Two separate motors, magnetic and forward and reverse switches, hardened and
ground bed ways give real versatility. Cuts inch and metric threads, has mill
table with T-Slots, and has steady and follower rests. This machine has been
extremely popular with our metalworking customers|

Specifications (Lathe)
3/4 HP, 110V motor
Spindle bore: 1 1/8"
Speeds 7 (160 - 1360 RPM)
Spindle taper: MT4
Other tapers: MT3
20" between cent res
5 1/2" swing above cross slide
Cross slide travel: 8"
Threads: Metric: 2-6 Inch: 120 - 4 TPI
Feed 12 (.05 - .35)

BOTH LATHE MOTOR AND MILL/DRILL MOTOR ARE 3/4 HP, 110V

Specifications (Mill/Drill)
3/4 HP, 110V motor
Speeds 16 (120 - 3000 RPM)
Spindle to work table: 12"
Spindle travel: 4 1/4"
Drill capacity : 7/8"
End mill capacity: 1 1/8"
Face mill capacity: 3 1/8"
Spindle taper: MT3
Combination Lathe/Mill weight: 280kg.
Carton size: 23" x 43" x 44 1/2"

Standard Equipment
5" Lathe Chuck
1/2" Drill Chuck
Steady Rest
Follow Rest
2 Lathe Cent res
Turret Tool Post - 1/2" Capacity
Change Gears
Wrenches

2 Year Warranty

Optional Accessories available, for more information,
please search the following model numbers.
Model Description
B2229100 Stand for B2229 - 42 1/2" x 19" x 27" high 1" Deep Tray Steel Stand
Two Doors & Two Shelves
B2229SB Elevating Block for Model B2229 - 8" x 6" x 5" high Heavy Cast Iron
with Two 1/2" T-Slots

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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2006, 07:18:49 PM »
Do an internet search for the 7x14 lathe groups. I supect that that is one of the chinese units. They have mixed reviews, but most of the issues are with initial setup. The more time you spend getting the thing setup and trued before you start working on anything the happier you will be with the mahcine.

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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2006, 07:26:39 PM »
I'm pretty sure it is a Chinese unit....it's a good price for my first piece, it'll be good to see how much use I make of it and whether to uograde to a larger mill or lathe first, if need be.

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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2006, 07:49:13 PM »
Looks great for the price - it should always be good for smaller jobs (especially in aluminium).  It's amazing what the Chinese can make for the price!  I'll be interested what you think of it's quality and accuracy.

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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2006, 07:55:12 PM »
If I get it I'll report back...aye aye!

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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2006, 10:13:01 AM »
Lude's Machine Shop - I never thought I'd see the day!!! :wink:

Congrats on the next step into the world of "do-it-yourself"!!!
I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left!  :shock:

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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2006, 07:19:08 PM »
Picked up the lathe/mill combo today! At first they told me they didn't have any in stock and wouldn't sell the floor model. Then got talking with the manager about what I wanted to use it for (first off anyhow) and that I couldn't wait 2 months to get started.....he reconsidered and let me have the demo unit. So that save me having to build the whole thing from parts in a box!

The whole day was just running around, so I only had time to play a bit with the lathe, then had to go and pick up the girls from my parents. Tomorrow is paperwork...maybe some time in the shop in the evening. Thursday Trish gets comes home from her once a month stint of 3 night shifts (she stays in town with her sister), and Friday it's back to work for 5 (3 days, 2 nights), so they're won't be much done on the next week. First up on the list is clean-up and organize. Been doing too much this and that in a hurry and stuff is everywhere. Then I need to determine where I want to put the new center, at least for now. As the shop isn't finished yet, I can see it moving. I bought it with the stand (shelf/storage unit), but it's pretty light and flimsy, I may make a heaveir stand for it to sit on. I need to finally builing a welding table too, I have a 1/2" (I think it's 1/2" LOL...I know it's HEAVY) plate ~ 2-1/2'x4' that I'll use and put some 1-1/2" square tubing for legs on it, and a vise...need a vise yet...not to self...watch for vise on sale ;)

Well I'm beat, so that's the update for now!

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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2006, 06:54:27 PM »
Cool!!!  I wore out an old Jet bench top mill and an old Jet lathe - you have both in one unit.

Good setup and not taking too large of bites when you get to the precise stuff and you should be good to go.
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