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Old 02-26-2010, 01:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Enco lathe

I run a fire equipment business and while in one of my customers ware houses I noticed a lathe, and I was curious and asked about it.

Well they are a paper business and bout it just to service one customer and it has sat since.

I have ZERO idea how to use one.. i do know some machinist and I have always had an interest in turning some parts for myself and learning. Being I have a buggy as do friends it could actually get used

It is a Enco model number 110-2031


Would I be better off just getting a new unit from harbor fright to learn on, or will this have this do the trick just fine?

Its a 12" X 36" Bench lathe.


Im going to hunt for info on it, I did find that they are no longer making this model, and other than the fact that it works and its size.. im in the dark.

Any input? Good links or insight? Thanks in advance!!

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Old 02-26-2010, 04:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have had a 14x40 Enco lathe for 6 years with zero issues. I do a little more than hobbie work with it, I have more than 3000 hours logged on it. The size you are asking is great for hobbie work. If you can get it cheap buy it. Good luck
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Looks like that model is no longer availible according to Enco website.Sold for $2000.
I would say buy it if the price is good.
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Good shape and good price and I'd say you'd be a bit ahead of buying a HF unit. See what they're asking for it.
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I have one and love it. I don't do any heavy industrial stuff, just a few race parts for myself and one other team. Doesn't get much better for a garage machine. it typicaly comes with various gears for threading, follow rest, face plate, 3 jaw and 4 jaw chucks... keep that in mind when dealing with the price. if the gears are missing they can be difficult to find.
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