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Good lathe - 01-05-2019, 03:17 PM

What would be a good accurate lathe for a cuemaker?

I am planing to try to make cues and I need some advices..

Any tips for beginner are welcome


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01-05-2019, 06:08 PM

I would suggest you search here and in the Cue Machinery forum for "lathe". This question gets asked in both forums 2-3 times per week. You'll get a lot more information that way.
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01-05-2019, 07:26 PM

What brand or what size class?


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01-05-2019, 07:31 PM

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What would be a good accurate lathe for a cuemaker?
You can't beat the accuracy of a metal lathe


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01-05-2019, 07:55 PM

This one with DRO.
https://eisenm.com/products/eisen-14...v-single-phase
  
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01-06-2019, 05:28 AM

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01-06-2019, 06:47 AM

get a Hightower Deluxe........ it does it all........... plug it in and build cues............. if you get a big iron lathe you still need to add taper bars and a rear chuck........

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Joey - 01-06-2019, 10:02 AM

That looks just like my grizzly, different color, and $1500 more
  
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01-06-2019, 11:59 AM

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That looks just like my grizzly, different color, and $1500 more
Made in Taiwan. Not China.
  
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01-06-2019, 12:26 PM

What Kim said. Buy one from cuesmith.com and buy his book and dvds on cue building.
  
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01-06-2019, 01:37 PM

12x36 or 13x40 with a 1.5" bore or bigger.
Get one with a oil bath gear system, so you don't have to mess around with swapping out gears to get the right thread pitch.
These discussions pop up from time to time and you will find lots of makers recomending the lathes from unique, Chris Hightower or Todd and they can indeed work fine for cue building, but it's no metal lathe.
If you have the space, a proper metal lathe is the way to go.



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01-06-2019, 07:48 PM

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I am planing to try to make cues...
That's actually what i use - a planer.

I like Joey's Eisen, didn't even know they made less expensive lathes. They used to be one of the Hardinge clone makers, and had a good rep - if you couldn't quite afford Hardinge when they were still being made. As was mentioned, there's a big difference in made in China vs made in Taiwan. Taiwan can still make some junk, but they tend to produce machine tools about competitive with Japan. That said, again, that specific lathe is news to me, so have no personal experience.

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01-08-2019, 09:36 AM

Obviously a cuemaker needs a lathe, or more than one. But for making cones and profiling, it has always puzzled me that AFAIK, none uses a linear profiler, which is designed to do that type work. Maybe they've all gone to the scrapyard since furniture plants moved to cnc, or moved offshore. But i saw a couple advertised cheap in the past few months. Then again i guess cue-makers are all going cnc, too.

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01-08-2019, 10:06 AM

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Obviously a cuemaker needs a lathe, or more than one. But for making cones and profiling, it has always puzzled me that AFAIK, none uses a linear profiler, which is designed to do that type work. Maybe they've all gone to the scrapyard since furniture plants moved to cnc, or moved offshore. But i saw a couple advertised cheap in the past few months. Then again i guess cue-makers are all going cnc, too.

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Just for educational purposes can you post a link to pictures of the type machine you are talking about.
  
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01-08-2019, 02:03 PM

I believe he's talking about something like this.
  
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