I have the chance to get a Unimat SL lathe pretty cheap, but wondered how
they are - if they're good or not. This one seems to have some accessories
in the box, but I haven't had the chance to really look at them yet. Just
wondering if this would be good to start woodturning (small scale of course)
Thanks for any input.
It's a very small high quality metal-turning lathe, and worth a great deal to
folks who use one. Parts cost an arm and a leg, the motors are unreliable, but
they're really nice for watch or model making types of work. I have a full
Unimat SL rig my father bought back in the '60s.
Unless you have a need for making small metal parts, you'd do well to buy it
cheap, sell it very high, and buy a large wood lathe.
I have 2 SL's and have wood working attachments and have great success with
wood turning! The size if the limitation. With riser block youi get 3" max
and only 7" long, but you can not but appreciate the accuracy. For model
making the SL can't be beat!
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