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    Newb, please help me get started

    Hi! Been reading the site often and ready to make a lathe purchase. Am wanting to get into making the odd motorcycle engine parts so accuracy is of utmost importance. Has been suggested I look for something in the 11 inch swing range.

    I have an opportunity in Wellington on a Boxford C-10. Deciding between that or a newer Hafco type, AL-320G or AL-335. Its my first lathe and I dont want to fall short. I hear great things about accuracy on the older models, but dont believe the Boxford has a power feed? Are parts hard to get?

    Can a Chinese/Taiwan model come close to the older machines? If so, Ill just go new as it seems an easier path for me.

    Let me know. I know you get asked this all the time. Appreciate the help.

    These are the new lines Im looking at
    https://www.machineryhouse.co.nz/Bench-Lathes

    If you were willing to lay down lets say $5000 NZD what would you choose?

    Regards,
    John

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    Am also looking at one of the machineryhouse lathes so would also like feedback from anyone who owns one.



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    If you were willing to lay down lets say $5000 NZD what would you choose?
    I would seek for second hand Okuma. It's possible to get old Soarer for that price



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