What do I use when I lap the lathe? I've read somewhere that somebody used 3-in-1 oil and Comet, is that ok?
[Don't do that, at least right away. These lathes, unlike some that come from China, come ready to run. If there's really a problem, you can consider it, but it really shouldn't be necessary.]
Is a 1/10hp motor okay to use? It's off my old Delta scroll saw, all I could find that would work right with the rpm's.
[That's too small. Find a 1/4hp motor or better; it doesn't have to be anything fancy.]
Can I turn granite and if so, what kind of bit do I need to use? That was an odd question, just wondering about the abilities of the Taig =]
[No, that would destroy your lathe. Even if you did manage to cut it without blowing up your bit (doubtful), the abrasive dust would kill the slides and screws in short order.]
What's everybody's favorite material to turn on the Taig?
[I like machinable wax, but acetal plastic (Delrin) is good if you're making parts to use and not just mold.]
One last Q, do carbide tipped tool bits work good on this lathe? I don't have a grinder yet and I was wondering if I can get the big carbide tool bit assortment from Enco for like $35.
[You only need carbide-tipped tools if you're working in hardened tool steels, or stainless, titanium, etc. Get good with the HSS tools and regular materials first, and work up from there. I think the Enco assortment is mostly too big, anyway.]
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