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Drill powered repair lathe? - 02-28-2020, 08:50 AM

Hi, I want to know if this make shift drill powered lathe is ok for just replacing tips. I have to do it all manually. ZZZZZZZ! If I'm careful, will it be safe for me and the shaft?
Thanks for your thoughts. here is the link:
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lathe - 02-28-2020, 09:39 AM

Over several years, you will be much better off investing in a Hightower or Mid America.
The ease of operation, versitility and the fact that down the road you would be able to recoup a large chunk of your investment. If you go that route, you can thank me later.
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02-28-2020, 11:26 AM

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Over several years, you will be much better off investing in a Hightower or Mid America.
The ease of operation, versitility and the fact that down the road you would be able to recoup a large chunk of your investment. If you go that route, you can thank me later.
Come to Kokomo and try mine out
Bob,
this is very good advice....
" Don't buy the drill thing-
Having an actual lathe of some kind work so much better.....
" I also install my own tips-
I have a small machinist lathe,
I bought different size collets and also have a tip centering tool to install the tips properly as well'
There are a lot of videos on youtube showing tip installs for you too


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02-28-2020, 02:34 PM

I have no clue how he gets it to cut on vid
I could never make it work
Save your self the trouble and steer clear


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02-28-2020, 03:23 PM

The guy that was selling a really simple drill powered cue lathe and doing the demo with it at the APA event in LaVegas , was a really skilled guy who was trying to palm it off like anyone could do what he was doing. Definately not the case.
How much is a replacement cue shaft that you want to re tip?
If 5 shafts cost around 2k if they are available, how many are you prepared to ruin while learning on sub standard gear.
The cheapest option is a mini lathe from any big box store, that can take the shaft through the spindle. Not only can you make other things with it , but have confidence that you wont wreck your cue shaft in the process. You can also then do ferrule replacements, as a ferrule is intended to be a replaceable item anyway.
Many do tips by hand, but it is time consuming for sure.


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02-28-2020, 05:36 PM

Seeing that the starting price for a good shaft is now around $300, it can be a costly affair to go with a homemade solution like that. If your only doing your own tips, work on your technique and it shouldnt really be a problem. If your re-tipping other players shafts (especially if you charge them...) don`t go for a half assed solution, I see people with totally fine lathes that manages to mess up a simple tip install in ways I struggle to understand, With the drill powered solutions out there you are setting yourself up to fail. A basic cue lathe isn`t that expensive, if this is something you really want to do



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02-28-2020, 10:08 PM

If you do a decent amount of repairs then a good lathe will pay for itself in no time. Itís worth the investment to get one. Donít be tempted by low price. Youíll regret it.
  
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02-29-2020, 02:14 PM

Thanks for all the advice. I only want to replace tips for myself so, based on your comments, Iíll just keep doing it with blades and sandpaper.
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02-29-2020, 03:12 PM

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Thanks for all the advice. I only want to replace tips for myself so, based on your comments, Iíll just keep doing it with blades and sandpaper.
I appreciate your time.
If you tried giving that contraption to me for free I would seek a restraining order against you.
  
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02-29-2020, 03:33 PM

Might I suggest a willard trimmer? I bought one a while back and it was perfect for me. Change tips at will to try out what i like. Also ended up paying for its self with the local league players because there is no one around that does any sort of tip work.


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If you want to try one, send me your address. I bought one a long time ago to give it a try.
It worked. I only used it on test shafts that I have left over from cut down house cues. The problem I ran into was any amount of pressure you exert when trimming the tip flush is reflected in bands where the shaft lies in the bottom rollers. I ended up trying to cover them with a microfiber cloth - it helped. I saved some pennies and just bought a basic starter kit from Mid-America.


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If you want to try one, send me your address. I bought one a long time ago to give it a try.
It worked. I only used it on test shafts that I have left over from cut down house cues. The problem I ran into was any amount of pressure you exert when trimming the tip flush is reflected in bands where the shaft lies in the bottom rollers. I ended up trying to cover them with a microfiber cloth - it helped. I saved some pennies and just bought a basic starter kit from Mid-America.
Thatís a nice offer, Thank You. I think Iíll dodge the bullet and forget the drill thing.
  
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03-05-2020, 04:42 PM

With 2 cheap pillow block bearing you can easily make a set-up really accurate like a lathe.
  
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