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- 8 Nov 2014
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- West Yorkshire
It's probably more true of lathes than mills (as there are quite a few sizes of "home" mills now) but my mini lathe is ~40kg and 80cm long. A lathe that was 1m long and 120kg would be acceptable for a small home shop, have a bit more capacity, and would be much more rigid due to the mass.Yup, it really IS true about "price". With my "budget" (!) one of the things I'm still having to learn (lathe only, me, no mill) is that you really DO need to appreciate how the light-weight components lead to inherent lack of "real" rigidity. But if one isn't in a hurry (what's 4 x 10 mm cuts against 1 x 40 mm cut?) is that it's "only" my time! No real problem, and I don't have the space for "proper" machines anyway.
The problem is that most of the old lathes for sale are either of the "mini" variety, or north of 1000kg!