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16" x 20" Mill Lathe Combination

This combination Mill Lathe is an excellent machine for any metalworker, from the hobbyist to the veteran machinist. Not only will it save space in your shop, but it has the features to allow you to tackle a wide range of jobs. Features 16" swing and 20" between centre, 2 independent motors, a 1 1/8" spindle bore, magnetic forward & reverse switches and hardened & ground bed ways. Milling head unlocks and can be rotated away for better clearence when using the metal lathe function.

The machine comes complete with a 5" Lathe Chuck, 1/2" Drill Chuck, Steady Rest, Follow Rest, 2 Lathe Centers, Turret Tool Post (1/2" Capacity), Change Gears & Wrenches

Like all CX-Series machines, this unit features powder coated paint, sharp looking two tone colours and a full 3 year warranty.

Lathe Specifications
Motor # 1 : 3/4 HP, 110V
Spindle bore: 1 1/8"
Speeds 7 (160 - 1360 RPM)
Spindle taper: MT4
Other tapers: MT3
20" between centres
5 1/2" swing above cross slide
Cross slide travel: 8"
Threads: Metric: 2-6 Inch: 120 - 4 TPI
Feed 12 (.05 - .35)

Milling Specifications
Motor # 2: 3/4 HP, 110V motor
Speeds 16 (120 - 3000 RPM)
Spindle to work table: 12"
Spindle travel: 4 1/4"
Drill capacity : 7/8"
End mill capacity: 1 1/8"
Face mill capacity: 3 1/8"
Spindle taper: MT3
Combination Lathe/Mill weight: 280kg.
Carton size: 23" x 43" x 44 1/2"

3 Year Warranty

Standard Equipment
5" Lathe Chuck
1/2" Drill Chuck
Steady Rest
Follow Rest
2 Lathe Centres
Turret Tool Post - 1/2" Capacity
Change Gears

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5 Reviews

  • 4
    It's rough

    Posted by Albert on 29th Mar 2023

    About 25 years ago I bought the predecessor to this machine. It was a similar concept but with only 1 motor and a lot of limitations. That machine was by the same manufacturer as this one and back then the castings were pretty rough. Well 25 years on they're still making them just as rough - maybe even more so. Really rough crude sand castings. They still do the same trick of using body filler to hide the crudeness of the castings. And boy you should go check out the steady rest. They didn't go to much trouble to make it look presentable or even painted completely. It's really bad. But having said all of that, the important thing is that this version has a lot more functionality and usability over the old model. Most notably the longer bed and a separate motor for the mill. The mill quill also travels twice as far as the old model and the mill head extends out much further. It came with most of the accessories including the steady rest, follow rest, and some carbide bits. other unexpected goodies in the box were an MT3 collet chuck set with 4 ER-16 collets. There was also a MT3 2.375 inch tri-bit facing cutter included in the box. It was quite rusty and had no grease or oil coating so I'm not sure if they just tossed these rusted freebees in the box just to get rid of them but it was very nice to see the unexpected extras just the same. I also wanted a mounting plate to turn between centers but there's no listing for it. Busy Bee does, however, have one for the B2229 lathe and I found it is a perfect fit for the 615. No mods needed. The 3 bolt chuck plates on both machines must be the same because it fits perfectly. Now having railed about the poor quality casting finish on this machine, it's not important. What is important is rigidity and I don't think you can get more rigidity from a lathe bed than one that made from a block of cast iron like this one so I can't complain. What I can complain about is the typical Chinese screwing up that I see so often on Chinese goods. I got the matching stand for free on a Busy Bee promotion and having hired movers to take the old one out and bring the new one in, I discovered that the mounting holes on the stand don't line up with the machine to bolt it down (after the movers left of course). I finally figured out that the mount on the chuck side of the stand was put on backwards out of the box which positioned the holes off by an inch. Luckily I was able to squeeze a scissor jack under the bed to lift the 550 pound behemoth up enough to unbolt the mount underneath and flip it around the right way to get the holes to line up. Problem solved with a bit of luck. I'm really looking forward to using this machine and hoping I'll get no more Made-in-China surprises. But at least the price was right.

  • 5
    Lathe/mill purchase

    Posted by Mark on 6th May 2021

    I bought this 6 months ago. and so far I am very happy with this purchase. Motors are a lot quieter than I was expecting. The mill/lathe machine and all the extras that came with it makes for a very good buy. I haven't used it a lot but so far I am very impressed.

  • 3
    Manual is very basic and not well written

    Posted by William LeGrow on 13th Mar 2021

    I reviewed the machine earlier today and was hoping to edit it, but it hasn't been approved yet... The manual is not literally the worst.. but pretty bad. If you go to the Grizzly site and look up G9729 - it is the identical unit, and the manual is very well written there. double the size of the manual here. I'd suggest that Craftex put the time into their documentation and the details... seems to be an indicator of a problem there. Definitely a bad translation of a skimpy Asian document. (note - the diagrams are pretty much unreadable as well..)

  • 4
    Good for crafting/hobby items.

    Posted by William LeGrow on 13th Mar 2021

    I've used this now for a few weeks and it is a decent machine for light cutting and smaller parts. If you try and get into larger cuts or bigger pieces the machine starts to show it's weaknesses.... the build of the machine is called into question rather quickly - it rattles and heats up quickly... Parts come loose - the mounts for the milling pulley cover loosens up and starts to rattle like crazy, and the quill on the mill is not stable for longer extension drilling/milling. Try and make sure your parts are as close to the retracted mill as possible. (your best bet for good quality milling.) The lathe parts are pretty good - but there is a lot of backlash on the saddle (longitudinal movement gearing). There are many things that can be improved on this machine - but, for the money - it is a good purchase for a home hobbyist! (two machines in one!) Be aware, I had to purchase this unit while the stores were in lockdown, so some of the additional units I purchased to work with it are not ideal... The worst is the adapter plate for the 4 jaw chuck (I will review that one as well, but wanted people to know here there is an issue..) Good luck and enjoy making (small) chips! :)

  • 5

    Posted by on 7th Jun 2020

    J'utilise le miens depuis plus de 10 ans (a l'époques il étaient de couleur verte et jaune) et j'en suis très satisfait. La partie tour à fer est excellente, mais la partie milling ça travail bien aussi mais distance entre la pièce a travailler et et l'outil de coupe n'est jamais idéal et c'est moins solide qu'une vrai milling, mais ça fait quand même le travail. Cette machine est parfaite pour quelqu'un qui à une espace limité et ceux comme moi qui n'ont pas les moyen d'avoir un tour + une milling distinctes. J'ai même réussi a tourner un plateau de 12 pouces pour une press-drill.

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5.5" x 20"
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