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I am contemplating purchasing a lathe and was wondering if anyone had experience with Unimat lathe's? Good, bad, otherwise?
The intended use is eventually to be able to machine a double roller balance staff for a 19 jewel Trenton that has a broken pivot and it is not a very common watch which I am finding extremely difficult to locate.
Steve, I have used a Uinimat 3 for clock work, making wheels etc, but would hesitate for finer work like watch work.I am contemplating purchasing a lathe and was wondering if anyone had experience with Unimat lathe's? Good, bad, otherwise?
Are these pieces I only want to purchase new?
The collets are not quite as precise as WW collets, but each collet can cope with a 1mm range of size
I've never tried to turn a staff in one of these collets, has anyone here done so? Because they hold the work at both front and back of the collet, unlike the traditional split collets, a short workpiece may not be held so precisely. It depends on the sort of work you intend to do.