Handy mini-lathe sites:
- mini-lathe.com – vast amount of info, links to numerous individual mini-lathe sites. Mini-lathe.com is your go-to site for all things mini-lathe.
- Paul Hayward’s Mini-Lathes site – Another UK mini-lathe user, with further useful information and hints.
7xlathes.com – information and discussion forum.
- Yahoo 7x10minilathe and 7x12minilathe groups.
- Hazards associated with various metals (jewelry making site).
- A cautionary tale of fatal “metal fume fever”, very sad. More general stuff on the same site here.
Manuals and handy information:
- Clarke CL300M – manufacturer’s manual
- Mini-lathe user guide, from Rambin’ Dan.
- Carbide tip insert designation guide (i.e. what “CCMT” and so on means)
- Big tap & drill size chart from ncsu.
- Engineering Toolbox – loads of info on materials and all aspects of engineering.
- thelittlemachineshop’s gear calculator (use in browser)
- Varmint Al has a couple of gear calculators you can download (for Windows)
- W. E. Johns has a calculator, charts and formulae for change gears.
- Firearms Designer has a handy guide to making threads.
- Tom’s Techniques – lots of videos, info and links, extremely useful!
- Doubleboost, Machine shop and related videos.
- www.helicron.net has good stuff about gear cutting, and much besides.
- Aalco – I’ve bought various bits of metal from them in person, they have a branch not too far from me in Ammanford, the staff there are friendly and always accommodating, happy to sell fiddling small orders, at least I’ve found them so.
- Compositions of various steels.
- Dean’s Photographica: retired camera repairer has some lovely stuff on mini machining.
Lathe related blogs:
- Shanghai Sieg Industrial Co. Their mini lathes are here.
- Yangzhou Real Bull Machinery Co., Ltd. See products here.
Suppliers of mini-lathes in the UK
Note: links to individual product pages are highly likely to be broken as the suppliers alter their online catalogues. I’ll try to keep them up to date but I’m not promising anything. Also note that there may well be other suppliers of these things in the UK – I’ll happily add to the list if anyone knows other UK places to buy a mini-lathe. These are in no particular order, and I have no affiliation with, nor get any kind of commission from any of these people, nor do I have any experience or opinion of what they’re like to do business with.
In general, I do not endorse or hold any particular opinion of ANY business I link to here, please form your own judgements, this is for INFORMATION ONLY. I might blog about how it turns out if I decide to buy anything from any of these people, but at time of writing the only ones of these companies I’ve ever done business with are Rapid, from whom I’ve bought electronic components (a few years back), and Machine Mart – I walked into their high-street store, which I happened to notice while passing by, and I bought some safety goggles. Later, I went back and bought a vice. That went OK :-).
- Machine Mart – supplies the yellow Clarke version, product page here.
- Axminster – supplies the Sieg C2 finished in white/blue, product page here. They also supply the C0 and C1, plus a bunch of different lathes.
- Amadeal Ltd. – supplies the Real Bull CJ18 7×12, product page here.
- SPG Tools – offer two 350mm (14″) versions.
- Warco – theirs is green, their product page here.
The Tool Hut – Tool Hut supply the yellow Clarke variant, product page here.
- Chester Machine Tools – supply a version in white called “Conquest”, via their hobby store, here.
- Rapid – supply a red version badged Sealey, see here.
- Sealey – unsurprisingly, they also supply the red Sealey version, see here.
- Chronos Ltd offer the Clarke minilathe.
- Arceurotrade sell a long-bed (400mm/15.75″), brushless motor Seig Super-C3
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, or you’re a machine tool vendor, large company or school etc., or you just want a LOT of mini-lathes, you could try importing them yourself, e.g. via B2B sites like alibaba.com.
Other commercial links
- Ramblin Dan’s Store, an online seller operating out of Frisco, Texas, supplies all manner of small machine tool stuff, including, uniquely as far as I know, complete sets of metal gears for the mini-lathe, to replace the plastic originals.
- Browsing ebay for handy accessories, RDG Tools stood out as having a lot of very useful looking stuff.
- Chronos Ltd offer a wide range of engineering tools and model engineering supplies, including the Clarke minilathe.
This page last updated: 2015-01-16