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AndyHi, I'm looking for advice if i were to buy a beginners lathe, what is a good make to look for?
is a lathe the best machine to start with for a workshop?
My work is primarily on watches, and of the four makes mentioned by Betzel I'm only qualified by ownership to talk about the Cowells machines. There are two flavours, built on the same basic framework and with the same high level of precision; the 90CW which takes 8mm collets, and the 90ME, (which I have), and is a small machine lathe with a cross-slide and the ability to screw-cut, (and with accessories, also cut wheels). I'll leave you to browse their website, but as you'll see, their prices are pretty steep, although the quality is excellent and the construction is very robust. I use my 90ME mainly as a complement to my 6mm watchmaker's lathe, to make tools, jigs and parts which are too large for the 6mm; it isn't used very frequently but it's essential for these bigger jobs.Otherwise, something like a Sherline, Cowells, Proxxon or Warco would be my suggestion, as they all (IIRC) fall within a specified quality tolerance, come with test papers, have parts and extensions ready to buy now, etc.