View Full Version : Lathe questions ?

05-17-2004, 10:56 AM
www.shaftmaster.com (http://www.shaftmaster.com)
Does anyone have an opinion on this lathe?

05-17-2004, 11:47 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote PQQLK9:</font><hr> www.shaftmaster.com (http://www.shaftmaster.com)
Does anyone have an opinion on this lathe? <hr /></blockquote>

It's ok for light shaft repairs. It is very portable. I do not know how it will hold up. I thought it was priced too high. It looks good, and appears to do well. For tipping and cleaning shafts it should be fine. It may be ok for a rewrap. For anything else, I would go with the Porper, but that takes a lot more money. You get what you pay for, though, IMO. PS, I am not a cuemaker or cue repair person, I just have seen these machines in action at shows/tournaments.

05-17-2004, 12:28 PM
I don't know about the quality of that lathe, but there was a guy doing tips and cleaning at the tournament this weekend that had a Porper Mini Q Lathe. It was pretty good for doing tips and cleaning shafts and such. You can't really do a whole lot more with it. He said he had about $2000 invested in it and his accessories for it. If the shaftmaster did the same things as the Porper, then it's a heck of a deal. Of course, there's only so much you can do with it (tips, cleaning shafts, etc.)

05-17-2004, 01:15 PM
I bought a motor, a chuck and a motor speed control off e-Bay for under $100 and then bought the shaft pins from Atlas Billiard Supply for about $10.00. All together this was the way to go.

05-17-2004, 03:36 PM
I looked at one of those at the 'Vegas show last year. I'd say for tip and ferrule replacements it should work fine. The "rolling rest" did appear to leave a little bit of compression scarring on the wood that had to be sanded after the job, but otherwise it was good for tip and ferrule.

On the other hand, it is not as good for drilling and tenon replacement, at least not in the same sense as a chucking lathe. Because of the nature of the rolling rest, the drilling operation will not be automatically centered. The amount of offset will depend on the shaft diameter. Your drill bit will have to act more like a boring bar.


05-17-2004, 04:42 PM
That is a lot of money for what is essentially a mock wood lathe with a steady rest. You would be better off with a mini lathe and about $500.00 ahead.

05-17-2004, 04:59 PM
Thanks for the replies all. I want something to do my own tips with and while this would probably do the job I agree it is a litte pricey.

05-17-2004, 07:59 PM
I looked at one prior to getting my Porper Mini (then $1500). I would NOT trade !!!

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote PQQLK9:</font><hr> www.shaftmaster.com (http://www.shaftmaster.com)
Does anyone have an opinion on this lathe? <hr /></blockquote>

05-17-2004, 09:15 PM
I'd go with a mini-lathe for less money. It is better built. It's not as portable, but can be moved. I'll take some pictures to show what it can do. It's great for repairs. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif It will take me a few days because I don't have a digital camera, and I'll have to have a disk made. My scanner doesn't work.

05-17-2004, 09:33 PM
What do you use for a chuck on the mini lathe?Is it a 3 jaw or 4 jaw or something else?almer

Cueless Joey
05-17-2004, 09:42 PM
This one looks ok?

05-17-2004, 09:52 PM
Mine has a three jaw self centering, or almost centering. I still shim as needed. I have an additional 4 jaw chuck, but I've never used it.

05-17-2004, 09:57 PM
That thing doesn't look very portable. I might trade you with a little boot. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif HaHa

Cueless Joey
05-17-2004, 10:10 PM
Stick's Turner (http://www.blueridgemachinery.com/Sd400.jpg) OK, here ya go. On the way with 100,000 ft of ferrule stock. Make me ferrules then you can have this toy. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

05-17-2004, 10:38 PM
I'd make them, but I'd rather work towards a big lathe. It bores great, but I haven't tried threading yet. My lathe runs pretty fast on it's lowest speed. Maybe too fast? (200RPM) How many 100 thousand feet for a big lathe? /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif