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barrywatch

Do I need a lathe

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Hi

I am thinking about the purchase of a second hand watchmakers lathe, not new but a good s/h machine. It is a relatively expensive bit of kit with ongoing expenses of collets and accessories. Good old Ebay has a few base machines but accessories can be expensive so the price goes up. I have found a boxed Pultra 10 with a few collects and other bits from a dealer of machines but at €675 I am wondering if I would find it difficult to pick up being able to be productive. Primarily my interest is pocket watches and clocks so would use it for staffs and pivots. I am struggling to justify in my mind that kind of expense although I would love to be able to fix some of the many broken watches that I have. Anybody been through the same dilemma and come out the other side. I already have and use a full size lathe for general jobbing work mostly on my other hobby classic cars.

 

Barry

 

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If you can comfortably afford it, and have room, sure - why not!

You could always sell it on if you don't get the use out of it right?

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I don't really need a lathe these days but I have six of them!! :laugh:

I just machines, After all- Watches are just machines in miniature!! :clap:

 

 

John:)

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  once you learn how to run a lathe,  all sizes - it is the best hobby or retirement  tool.  (and a  mill).  vin

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