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10" x 22" Metal Lathe with Digital Readout - Craftex - CX-Series

Powered by 1 HP motor, this 10” x 22” metal lathe with digital readout and variable speed control is a reliable workhorse and is able to take jobs requiring a 10" swing, a 1" spindle bore and 21-3/4" distance between centers with ease. It is designed with hardened and precision ground bed, slide ways, oil bath lubricated gears and high quality spindle bearings to ensure smooth and vibration free operation. The variable speed with the combination of belt & gears setting allows user to choose from speeds ranging 50 – 2000 RPM and the four way tool post makes operation fast and efficient.

Like all CX Series machines, this unit features powder coated paint, sharp two tone colours, overall heavy duty construction and 3 year warranty. 

Comes with 3 jaw chuck, 4 jaw chuck, face plate, steady rest, follow rest, mt2 centre, mt4 centre, change gears and wrenches.


Emergency Stop

Spindle Forward / Reverse Switch

Digital Spindle RPM Readout for precise cutting

Carriage control for left or right thread cutting

Easy to use carriage controls

Hardened and ground cast iron bed

Lubricated slide ways

Full length Splash Guard

Full Length Chip Tray

Four way tool post to hold the cutting tool

3-Years Warranty



Motor: 1 HP, 110V

Swing Over Bed: 10" (250mm)

Swing Over Cross Slide: 6" (152mm)

Distance Between Centers: 21-3/4" (550mm)

Width of Bed: 5-5/16" (135mm)

Hole Through Spindle: 1" (25mm)

Spindle Nose Taper: MT4

Number of Spindle Speeds: Variable

Range of Spindle Speeds: 50 - 2000 RPM

Number of Metric Threads: 21

Range of Metric Threads: 0.35mm - 3mm

Number of Imperial Threads & Range: 37/8-80 T.P.I

Range of Cross Feed: 0.0014" - 0.004"

Range of Longitudinal Feed: 0.0025" - 0.014"

Tool Post Type: 4 Way

Max. Compound Slide Travel: 3" (80mm)

Max. Cross Slide Travel: 4-1/2" (110mm)

Max. Carriage Travel: 17-3/4" (187mm)

Tailstock Spindle Travel: 3" (76mm)

Taper in Tailstock Spindle: MT2

Overall Dimension of the Lathe: L 45-1/3" x W 22" x H 22"

Weight: 319 lbs (145 kgs)

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5 Reviews

  • 4
    Good lathe but has few issues

    Posted by Marc on 31st Oct 2021

    Crating was excellent. The supplied toolbox was okay but very cheaply made. I had to adjust the speeds; "HI" was barely 920 RPM. I managed to crank it near 1050 RPM. The 3 jaw chuck was vibrating at high speed. I tried an other unit I had at hand and the problem was solved. I'm running the lathe with the other chuck but I should make a claim for the first one. That kind of thing shouldn't happen. The other issue is the tailstock. If it is adjusted to clamp firmly at about mid distance between the allowed travel, it clamps okay. But it is clamping loosely near the chuck. It slips when you apply pressure like drilling a hole of appreciable diameter or threading a hole. It is as if the "ways" were "thinner" near the headstock then it are near the other end. This will force me to contact BB to explain and try to find a solution to that. An other issue is the compound slide. It wiggles a bit and the screw was not strait so the handle is stiff to turn at every half rotation. I dismantled it and manage to straiten it a bit and rotation smoothness has improved. But there is still room to improvement. This is one element disappointing. Making "taper" shapes will be challenging. But lets face it: this is an Asian lathe. These kind of issues are to be expected, REGARDLESS of the brand you're buying. This is my third brand and they all had something to correct before being adequate to use as expected. Bottom line is yes, I do recommend this lathe. Its an easy tool to work with and once the bugs are fixed, it is a pleasant tool to use.

  • 4

    Posted by Hobbyist on 17th Jul 2021

    I've had this lathe for a few years now and thought I'd write a review for it. I've had a mini lathe for many years and felt a bit limited by its size so I moved up to the 10x22. The choices in Canada aren't particularly numerous nor all that compelling. Nevertheless, I went with the CX706 and for the most part I'm quite happy. The BusyBee website actually doesn't mentioned a few things that actually make this lathe better than its apparent Grizzly counterpart (the G0602). First it has power feed for both the carriage and the cross slide that do not use the lead screw's half-nut). The chuck mount mechanism is pretty nice in that the chuck studs/nuts go in together and then a rotating retaining ring keep the chuck in place while you tighten the nuts down. This does mean that you will need to either source or make your own special studs in the event that you want to use additional adapter plates for other chucks (or reuse the ones on existing chucks). The follow rest and steady rest mating surfaces are not clean and were covered with bits of paint. Changing the range of speeds requires a belt change so if you change between large and small stock often, this could get tiresome. Also, the banjo for engaging the leadscrew requires removal of the side cover and requires some Allen keys which is also a bit annoying. The lath otherwise is pretty reasonable. As long as the electronics hold up, this lathe should provide reasonable performance for a "small" lathe.

  • 5
    Best lathe for my hard earned money

    Posted by TB on 1st Feb 2015

    I'm semipro and this is the best lathe in its size I could find. I searched and did my research for over 1 year as I was replacing an old Grizzly and took my time on the decision. Very happy with this so far and would recommend if you are looking for a this size of lathe in Canada. Service at BB was top notch as well.

  • 4
    Lots of nice features

    Posted by Sas on 18th Oct 2014

    Light enough to move with 2 people (just barely). The "digital readout" is as mentioned not a DRO but really just a digital tachometer. That said, it's a really nice feature on a variable speed lathe. The gearbox on the lead screw can be disconnected in a matter of seconds if you are not using the power feed, which is a nice plus for some users. Setup out of the box was just about perfect, it's running well and cutting accurately with no fuss. Nuts and bolts I've checked have been tight. Tailstock is not wobbly at all. Good small lathe.

  • 3
    Does not have a digital read out

    Posted by Unknown on 22nd Jul 2014

    This machine does not have a digital read out. A digital read out is a linear scale that is digitally displayed to replace the function of the mircometer dials on the hand wheels. The read out in this case only pertains to spindle rpm.

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10" x 22"
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    100% CANADIAN
    Crown Lubricants