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Lathe Reviews

A machine tool which spins a block of material to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, or deformation with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object which has symmetry about an axis of rotation. You can read about lathes and their use on our Lathes glossary page.

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Manufacturer of watchmakers lathes.

Review - Boley Watchmakers lathe - A tiny lathe, or should I say antique.


Emco Unimat 3

Review - Emco Unimat 3 - The small lathe for the model maker. Very easy to use and you get great results.

External Review - Unimat 3 tech tips - - images and details around headstock assembly and tips on repairs.


Hobbymat MD65

Review - Hobbymat MD65 - I've been using this lathe for over 25 years, not made anymore, but they do crop up on ebay. A solid very useable mini lathe.

External Review - MD65 - - mostly just images and specs of the lathe and the milling head that can be added as an additional item.

External Review - MD65 rebuild - - a discussion around the rebuild of an MD65 lathe, article and comments.


For a Model Engineering website I thought we had to have a Myford page, so here is a general Myford Lathes page.


Sherline Lathe - A very small machines at a reasonable price, lots of CNC conversions.


Lathes made in Shanghai China

External Review - Sieg C0 - - pdf page with a detailed review of the C0

External Review - Sieg C1 - - this is the Axminster coloured version of the C1. "this machine was ok working with larger materials (over 3mm) but due to excessive vibration from the machine when it was running it wasn't possible to work smaller materials and get a consistent finish."

External Review - Sieg SC2 - - the mini lathe moved to a new level, the SC2 is a much more substantial advancement.

External Review - Sieg SC4 - - I really like this lathe. It′s a good size for home shop use: not too big, not too small, and is accurate and well-made.

External Review - Sieg C6 - - good fit in price, size and features for the mini-lathe owner who's looking to move up to a more powerful and capable machine.


Taig Lathe - No review, but I had to put a page online about this lathe and link to some of the great websites out there where people are building extras for this extraordinary lathe.


The machine and tool company in Nanjing, China that manufactures lathes that you will see imported and sold as Warco, Amadeal, Toolco amongst other names.

Their website gives a good idea of the total product range:

Warco - UK importer and distributer of lathes, milling machines, drills and other machine tools mostly from China.

Weiss WM180

External Review - Warco WM180 - - overview and review of the lathe along with ideas for modifications.

Weiss WM240

Review - Warco WM240B - Belt driven, 240mm swing, 400mm between centres.

Weiss WM250

External Review - Warco WM250 - The Journeyman′s Workshop - a detailed review of the Warco WM 250, the wishlist to improve it is: "My wish list for the lathe is: Lever Operated Tailstock Clamp, Power Crossfeed, Mechanical Clutch, Bit More Finesse."

See also: Lathe Tools, Milling Machine Reviews, Tools.