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Forum topic by ART LACKEY posted 10-31-2009 05:00 AM 1670 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2009 05:00 AM

Hi all: In case some of you haven’t heard this before I just want to ask if anyone has a used minimax t124 copy lathe or a hapfo manual copy lathe that is within driving distance of ct. usa, and would like to part with it,please let me know. I do turnings at work but need the ability to do turnings at home also. so these lathes are my 2 pics. They are the best for the job. THANKS IN ADVANCE—ART

-- Old turners don't die, they just turn to dust!

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 03:48 PM

Art, I have a T124 Minimax lathe, but sorry, don’t want to part with it. Love it! I don’t get to use it very often, but when I do, it reminds me why I bought it in the first place. I had a project that required 69 large matching spindles. Being a novice at turning, I knew that would be like telling a story 69 times (the last one never quite resembles the first one) LOL. So I invested in the T124 and that 1st project paid for it. That was almost 15 years ago. Normally I wouldn’t invest that much money in a tool that gets used so little, but once it was paid for on that first job, I’ve never been sorry I spent the money.
There’s a place in Sanford, NC that sell large used woodworking equipment. I can’t remember their name, but will try to look it up for you. I know that’s a long way away, but finding that lathe, you may have to travel a ways. BTW. whatever happened to the Minimax Co. They used to advertise in all the national woodworking magizines, but haven’t seen anything in a few years? Are they still in business?

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#2 posted 11-01-2009 02:52 AM

Yes they are but they’ve moved from texas to the carolinas. We have a hapfo copy lathe at work (which I could have bought for 1200 bucks but told my boss to buy it) I kick myself for that often! It has 2 cutters,one for roughing and the other for finish cutting. You would give up the t124 in a heartbeat if you ever ran one of those. That machine can do a complicated ballister (before sanding) inabout 45 seconds to one minute.And it does a nice clean job too.I have seen the t124 on the net (used) now and then but there too far away.I want to be able to go see it first.So I guess I won’t be going to CALF. or SOUTH AFRICA any time soon. There was one in vermont about a year ago,dark green which means “older” and it had large bend in the bottem shelf. they must have tried to pick it up with a fork lift in the wrong place.I guess I’ll just keep looking or maybe break down and buy a new one—-ooooh did I just say that?

-- Old turners don't die, they just turn to dust!

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