Recommendations for Cue Lathe

Ok everybody, let me know what I should be considering for a cue lathe.

Thinking about this one for simple tip replacements but worried that I will wish I invested in something more substantial.



Those that have been down this road, your comments and suggestions are welcome.
 

Keith E.

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Ok everybody, let me know what I should be considering for a cue lathe.

Thinking about this one for simple tip replacements but worried that I will wish I invested in something more substantial.



Those that have been down this road, your comments and suggestions are welcome.

CT,

I'd recommend getting one that is upgradeable. Start with the setup that meets your initial requirements. There are vendors that provide equipment like that where the only added expense for upgrading is the shipping cost for components purchased later on. As in, there's no discount for buying the do-it-all rigs up front. You pay for the extra components and shipping when you feel the need to upgrade.

Best of Luck,
Keith
 

JerseyBill

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Ok everybody, let me know what I should be considering for a cue lathe.
Thinking about this one for simple tip replacements but worried that I will wish I invested in something more substantial.
Those that have been down this road, your comments and suggestions are welcome.
 

kling&allen

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I've been down this road and recommend something a little more expensive that will at least let you do joint work and upgrade as discussed above:


 

bbb

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That looks scary/dangerous. Save up and get a MidAmerica or CueSmith. Buy once Cry once.
mid america and cuesmith were recommended to me when i inquired about what to buy
i decided i was too clumsy to do tips so i pay a cue person
 

kling&allen

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Chris' book is also a good start to read before you invest any money in a lathe:

 

TheBasics

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Cranky Thunder, Howdy;

I like Mr. kling&allen's suggestion, basically gain some insight into what it is that you wish
to do and you'll be better able to make and informed decision. I've seen that same lathe
on the ebay in the past, so there is no hurry to get it. Take your time, it's your best ally.

hank
 

bbb

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Cranky Thunder, Howdy;

I like Mr. kling&allen's suggestion, basically gain some insight into what it is that you wish
to do and you'll be better able to make and informed decision. I've seen that same lathe
on the ebay in the past, so there is no hurry to get it. Take your time, it's your best ally.

hank
hank/the basics is an upstanding guy
i respect his opinions
 

GoldCrown

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bbb.....You're welcome to test drive mine if you decide you might want one. I bought it for tips and cleaning shafts. Lately I have done joint protectors, canes/walking sticks, rings with it.
 

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bbb

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bbb.....You're welcome to test drive mine if you decide you might want one. I bought it for tips and cleaning shafts. Lately I have done joint protectors, canes/walking sticks, rings with it.
thanks for the offer goldcrown .... (y)
 

muskyed

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I got the Mid America basic repair with the 250 watt motor upgrade, and couldn't be happier. No one in my area had a lathe for tip repairs that I knew of, and I like doing my own things anyway. Have replaced many tips, replaced ferrules, and retapered, resized, and cleaned a few shafts. All this can be done with the 250 watt motor, but I wouldn't mind having the 3/4 hp motor. I did have extensive previous woodworking and lathe experience, so learning curve was short. Was it cost justifiable, no, but it is really enjoyable being able to do your on thing, with a quality machine, and get a better result than anyone locally provides.
 

Chili Palmer

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bbb.....You're welcome to test drive mine if you decide you might want one. I bought it for tips and cleaning shafts. Lately I have done joint protectors, canes/walking sticks, rings with it.

Good looking ring, well done (y)

Funny. Buy a lathe to make money and need a part time to support it. A great hobby if not for income.

LOL, that's the conclusion I came to for me also. When my life slows down I will start making cues that I like and if they sell, great, if not, no worries.

When I'm looking at things to do for money I think of the gold miners, a miniscule amount of them got rich (if any) but the people supplying them did pretty well ;)
 

JerseyBill

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I've been down this road and recommend something a little more expensive that will at least let you do joint work and upgrade as discussed above:


Cuesmith lathes are used in conjunction with larger metal lathes to make cues. Can't hurt to buy one and if in the future you want to make cues you can get another lathe and keep the one you have for other operations.
 

SSDiver2112

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Ok everybody, let me know what I should be considering for a cue lathe.

Thinking about this one for simple tip replacements but worried that I will wish I invested in something more substantial.



Those that have been down this road, your comments and suggestions are welcome.

I had this struggle as well and looked at that same lathe. Since covid started I got the bright idea that I could build my own lathe for general maintenance. In the process of building the lathe I had to add some new tools to help with the build. My genius plan was to spend hundreds of dollars and months of time to save $20 for someone else to change my tip. I like the satisfaction of doing things myself if it is within my ability. A professional is needed for many things, but many other things are doable. Sometimes I get delusional and venture into the wrong territory though. Many things may be doable but require the right equipment to do it right or to be efficient. I succeeded in building the lathe and it is adequate for cleaning the shaft and tip installs. When my last daughter moved out, I moved everything into that room, so now the spare room is a workroom full of new tools. Guests will get the couch or blow-up right now. I've since made other things in my new workshop, like cue rests and chalk holders.

I've spent way more on new equipment than what I have produced is worth monetarily. I look at it as money spent on a hobby so it's fine. Plus, new equipment can be used for other things in the future too...

Now I've been eyeing up the Mid America lathe. If I was younger, I would definitely have interest in learning how to build a cue. I realize the time needed to perfect that skill is not realistic. General maintenance, ferrules and tips, even making joint protectors would be fun and within my current skill set.

Most hobbies are money pits, but if I get a couple bucks back now and then, why not?
 
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