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    Hi everyone I am considering buying this lathe. Does anyone know it or has experience with it. It is really hard to find information about it online. Hope that you can help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibsea402 View Post
    Hi everyone I am considering buying this lathe. Does anyone know it or has experience with it. It is really hard to find information about it online. Hope that you can help
    Drejebaenk, Hobby 7 – dba.dk – Kob og Salg af Nyt og Brugt

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    Please note the word "hobby" in your title and how it relates to the rules.

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    Don't do it

    Unless you are just turning parts and not parting, it isn't built well enough to do anything more than brass, copper, and plastic. You could just as easily get a wood lathe and do that.

    Find someone to get you started because you are looking at the wrong equipment.

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    See what was said about that brand in this thread. Most of the comments were pretty uncomplimentary.

    ZMM Sofia 12 X 36 lathe

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    How much would the be in us dollars.
    Most mini lathes are not very good.
    Many sell foe $300 to perhaps $1200 perhaps $1200 and are not worth that much spent on a used real lathe.

    Still it seems that outfit makes a line of big lathes...so who knows.
    Not that many in the USA

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    Yes, i know it, or a machine very similar to it. I used to have one a long time ago.

    This is, or looks very similar to, a rebranded version of the Taiwanese manufactured Emco Compact 8. They were sold with several different names, sometimes the very same machine made in the same factory, namely the Fu-San Machine Works in Taiwan.

    Obviously it is not a super-duper industrial quality production machine; anybody can see that.

    But I used mine for thousands of hours, learned a lot doing it, and even made some money too when I was a beginner. We all gotta start someplace, and if that is all you can get, well then...

    Pricewise, 10 000 DK sounds like a lot more than it should. All the extra tools and accessories is a good thing of course, but 10k is very steep. Maybe machines are naturally expensive in Denmark, idunno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Rob View Post
    Yes, i know it, or a machine very similar to it. I used to have one a long time ago.

    This is, or looks very similar to, a rebranded version of the Taiwanese manufactured Emco Compact 8. They were sold with several different names, sometimes the very same machine made in the same factory, namely the Fu-San Machine Works in Taiwan.
    Although it may look like the much copied Emco AFAIK all Sophia branded lathes were made in Bulgaria. In that case buyer beware!


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