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Re: Lathe question

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08-07-2013 18:13:19

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Sharp is not Chinese but Taiwan made and they have a pretty good reputation. I had same pattern lathe with different name badge and it was a solid performer. One thing that it or none of the others in its size range have is a clutch and I personally would not be without one in a general repair shop situation. Problem is you have to go up big time in price to get one. If all you do is turn it makes little difference but if you tap, tread to or away from a shoulder, do any metric threading etc a clutch is darn near mandatory. I have a 16 x 60 Summit and love it but it carries a stiff tariff.

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08-07-2013 20:41:06

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 Re: Lathe question in reply to Butch(OH), 08-07-2013 18:13:19  
I hadn't thought about it not having a clutch, but your dead on in needing one for the type of stuff I often tend to get into. Thanks for the advice.

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08-08-2013 05:03:27

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 Re: Lathe question in reply to NCWayne, 08-07-2013 20:41:06  

The Summits are a Bulgarian made clone of the Clausing Colchester and as a couple others said it doesn"t get much better than that mark. Mine was new somewhere around 1998-9 and was 21K then, rated 16x60 but swings 20" over the ways. Hard to say what one would st a person back now but obviously out of line with most peoples hobby lathe budgets. Used ones I have seen bring big bucks too. If you can find a similar Clausing in good shape you will like it, that is for certain.

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