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Mini Lathe Comparison

  Mini lathes are sold by LittleMachineShop.com, Grizzly, Harbor Freight, Homier, and Micro-Mark

This chart compares the specifications of the major brands of the mini lathe. Bold rows highlight what we feel are significant differences, rather than mistakes or variations in measurement.

  LittleMachineShop.com

Grizzly Industrial, Inc.

Harbor Freight Tools

Harbor Freight Tools

Micro-Mark

Micro-Mark

Homier Mobile Merchants

Brand

HiTorque

Grizzly

Central Machinery

Central Machinery

MicroLux

MicroLux

Speedway

Model

4100

G8688

93212

93799

82710

84631

03911

Size

7x12

7x12

7x10

7x12

7x14

7x16

7x12

Price

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Color

Blue & White

Green

Red

Red

Gray

Gray

Blue

Spindle Bore

0.8″

25/32″

3/4″

3/4″

0.787″

0.787″

0.79"

Spindle Taper

#3 Morse Taper

#3 Morse Taper

#3 Morse Taper

#3 Morse Taper

#3 Morse Taper

#3 Morse Taper

#3 Morse Taper

Tailstock Taper

#2 Morse Taper

#2 Morse Taper

#2 Morse Taper

#2 Morse Taper

#2 Morse Taper

#2 Morse Taper

#2 Morse Taper

Tool Size

5/16″

5/16″

5/16″

5/16″

5/16″

5/16″

5/16″

Spindle Speed

50-2500 RPM

0-1100, 0-2500 RPM

186-1100, 440-3000 RPM

186-1100, 440-3000 RPM

100-1200
200-3000 RPM

0-2500 RPM

0-1100, 0-2500 RPM

Motor Controller

Brushless DC

PWM

PWM

PWM

PWM

Brushless DC

PWM

Motor Interlock Switch

Not Required

Yes

No

No

Yes

Not Required

Yes

Horsepower

0.67 HP
(500W motor)

0.34 HP
(250W motor)

0.34 HP
(250W motor)

0.34 HP
(250W motor)

0.47 HP
(350W motor)

0.67 HP
(500W motor)

0.34 HP
(250W motor)

Threading 28 threads from 4 to 80 TPI 18 threads from 12 to 52 TPI 18 threads from 12 to 52 TPI 18 threads from 12 to 52 TPI 18 threads from 12 to 52 TPI 18 threads from 12 to 52 TPI 18 threads from 12 to 52 TPI

Cross Slide and Compound Rest Dials

1 mm / Turn (0.0394″)

1 mm / Turn (0.0394″)

1 mm / Turn (0.0394″)

1 mm / Turn (0.0394″)

0.050″ / Turn

0.050″ / Turn

1 mm / Turn (0.0394″)

Leadscrew

16 TPI

16 TPI

16 TPI

16 TPI

16 TPI

16 TPI

16 TPI

Tailstock extension

2.125″

2-1/2″

2″

2″

2.125″

2.125″

2.56″

Cross Slide Travel

2.56″

2-3/4″

2-3/4″

2-3/4″

2.56″

2.56″

2.56″

Compound Rest Travel

2.165″

 

2 7/8″

2 7/8″

2.165″

2.165″

1.38″

Spindle Tachometer Optional No No No Yes Optional No
Camlock Tailstock Yes No No No Yes Yes No

Faceplate

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Steady Rest

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Follower Rest

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Live Center

No

No

#2 MT

#2 MT

No

No

No

Dead Center

#2 MT

#2 MT

No

No

#2 MT

#2 MT

#2 MT

Tailstock Drill Chuck

No

No

No

No

No No No

Cutting Tool Set

No

No

No

No

No No No

Chuck Mounting Holes in Spindle Flange

6 (3- and 4-hole patterns)

6 (3- and 4-hole patterns)

6 (3- and 4-hole patterns)

6 (3- and 4-hole patterns)

6 (3- and 4-hole patterns)

6 (3- and 4-hole patterns)

6 (3- and 4-hole pattern)

All the mini lathes listed on this page are made in the same factory in China. Except where they have different features, the parts are interchangeable. In our experience there is not a noticeable quality difference between the brands.

The LittleMachineShop.com model 4100 HiTorque 7x12 Mini Lathe is the best in its class. It has the most power, most torque, and a longer center distance than other lathes in its size range.
The 500 Watt (0.67 hp) brushless spindle drive motor provides tremendous low-end torque. And you can vary the speed from 50 RPM to 2500 RPM continuously in both directions. There are no gears to shift.
The cross feed and compound rest dials are graduated in 0.001" and 0.025 mm. The lathe is equipped with a 4-way indexing tool post set for 5/16" (8 mm) tools.
Real top and bottom half-nuts and a reversible 16 TPI lead screw provide extended threading capability. You can create every American Standard Unified class 2A inch screw thread from 4 to 100 threads per inch, and you can create every American Standard Metric class 6h thread from 0.25 to 8 mm pitch with the extra 21 tooth change gear that is included.

The Grizzly model G8688 is a 7x12 mini lathe. The Grizzly mini lathe comes with more accessories than most of the other mini lathes, including a faceplate, steady rest, and a 2 Morse taper dead center.

Harbor Freight Tools sells two versions of the mini lathe. The Central Machinery model 93212 mini lathe is a 7x10 mini lathe. (Harbor Freight uses a different kind of ruler from everyone else when measuring their 7x10 mini lathe because it is actually 4 inches shorter than the 7x12 mini lathes.) The Central Machinery model 93799 mini lathe is a 7x12 mini lathe. This is the same size as all the other 7x12 mini lathes. Harbor Freight includes a 2 Morse taper live center with their mini lathes. The earlier version of the Harbor Freight 7x10 mini lathe is model 33684. The newer versions have some additional guards, but are basically the same machine.

Micro-Mark carries the MicroLux model 82710 mini lathe. The Micro-Mark mini lathe is a 7x14 mini lathe, which is 2 inches longer than the Grizzly and Homier mini lathes, and 6 inches longer than the Harbor Freight mini lathe. The MicroLux mini lathe comes with a 2 Morse taper dead center. The MicroLux mini lathe has several unique features besides the length of the bed. The cross slide and compound rest dials both advance 0.050 inch per revolution. On all the other mini lathes the dials advance 1 mm, which is very close to, but not exactly 0.040 inch. The motor on the MicroLux mini lathe is also larger; 350 Watts to the other's 250 Watts. And, the MicroLux mini lathe has a lever-lock tailstock, while the others require that you tighten a nut to lock the tailstock.

Micro-Mark also carries the MicroLux model 84631 7x16 mini lathe. This is the longest mini lathe available. It has the 500 watt brushless DC drive system and a lever-lock tailstock. The cross slide and compound rest dials both advance 0.050 inch per revolution.

Homier Mobile Merchants distributes the Speedway model 03911 mini lathe. The Speedway mini lathe is a 7x12 mini lathe. The Homier mini lathe comes with a 2 Morse taper dead center.

ToolsNow.com (Cummins Industrial Tools) previously distributed the model 5278 mini lathe. The ToolsNow mini lathe is a 7x12 mini lathe. The ToolsNow mini lathe has more accessories than any of the others, including a faceplate, a steady rest, a follower rest, a 2MT dead center, and a tailstock drill chuck.

This information is put together from published specifications and by measurements made by users of the machines. It is believed to be accurate, but there are no guarantees.

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