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7" x 12" Mini Metal Lathe - Craftex CX-Series
This mini metal lathe has the features and precision of the larger lathes and is an awesome machine for hobby machinists. The variable speed switch allows user to select the correct speed required for the job and the forward/reverse switch controls the direction of rotation of the spindle. The lathe features an efficient 1/2 HP motor, MT#3 spindle taper, cast iron bed construction, spindle speed ranges Low 0-1100 and High 0-2500 RPM, threading dial indicator, inch and metric graduation, three jaw chuck, complete set of change gears, steady rest, chip tray and splash guard.
A small beautiful lathe loaded with lots of features.
Like all CX-Series machines, this unit features powder coated paint, sharp looking two tone colours and a full 3 year warranty.
Motor: 1/2 HP 110 V, 60 Hz, Single Phase, 3 Amps
Number Of Speeds: Variable
Swing Over Bed: 7"
Swing Over Cross Slide (RD): 2-1/8"
Swing Over Saddle: 5"
Compound Slide Travel: 2-3/4"
Carriage Travel: 10-1/2"
Cross Slide Travel: 2-3/4"
Maximum Tool Bit Size :5/16"
Headstock Construction: Cast Iron
Spindle Bore: 20mm
Spindle Size: 3"
Spindle Taper: MT#3
Range of Spindle Speeds: Low 0 - 1100, High 0 - 2500 RPM
Tailstock Travel: 2-1/2"
Tailstock Taper: MT#2
No. of Inch Threads: 18
Range of Inch Threads: 12 - 52 TPI
No. of Metric Threads: 10
Range of Metric Threads: 0.4 - 2.0mm
Bed Construction: Cast Iron
Overall Dimension of the lathe: 28" x 12" x 12"
Weight: 75 lbs
Posted by Vincent Turcotte on 10th Feb 2017
I have this lathe as my first (personal) lathe. Plastic gears needs grease if you want them to last, handles miss positioned, colliding in some maneuvers. Change for the quick tool post right away! It should come stock with it. Crosslide isn't very accurate, tail-stock movement extremely loose.
On the pros, this item is very safe for inexperienced, will stop and "default" light if something goes really wrong instead of throwing everything everywhere. Auto-feed is reliable, leadscrews backlash is minimal. There is no lock for the bed swing, but you can lock it on the feed screw, it'll do the trick.
Individual jaw chuck tightening inefficient, making centering rod harder... should upgrade the chuck.
Otherwise, easy to use, compact, light and useful.
Posted by Don Querido on 2nd Dec 2016
I recently purchased a CX704 lathe.It is a nice product for the price but I have had some disappointments with it.Bad assembly, gears out of line, bad paintwork, design problem with handles for cross feed and carriage too close together so that when carriage is moved you also collide with feed handle thus messing up your setting,no oil holes for lead screw bearings,handle for toolpost broke off, its cast iron not steel,Gears are plastic not cast iron,assembly and quality are disappointing, accuracy is very average.