There should be plenty of good used machine tools around. We don't seem
to have much need for them in industry these days. :-(
I would also look for a Unimat lathe. They don't handle steel very well,
but they're pretty decent for brass, aluminum, and plastic. And they're
very small. You should be able to find one cheaply, or more likely,
someone has one in their garage that they're not using. I might try
posting a wanted on your local Craigslist.
On 11/30/2010 4:49 PM, Linda Grunthaner wrote:
> Every year our best physics students enter the Panasonic Creative Design
> And every year kids come to my lab (work shop) during open lunch lab hour to
> drill, cut, glue and bend materials for their device. My problem is they use
> small DC motors with very small shafts and try attach either a dowel& wheel
> or a plastic axle from a connecting gear set with a wheel. Therefore they
> are trying to drill a 1/32" or less hole in the plastic axle or dowel to
> attach to the DC motor shaft and I do not have anything that small or
> precise. The small lathe I ordered this year was turned down by the main
> office at the last minute so I have decided I would buy a used lathe to help
> the kids out, the physics teacher mentioned I look for a watch makers lathe.
> I looked on eBay but I have no clue what to look for being I have only used
> a lathe in college for one project and that was 20 years ago. Anyone have
> tips on what to look for or know someone selling a used one? Is there a
> place to go to buy used tools like a watch makers lathe? I am guessing they
> do not have motors because they are done by hand right?
> I saw this one $169.99 is a bit high and I don't know if it is complete.
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