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What are some uses for small metal lathes?

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Mini lathes are tools used for shaping plastic, wood and other materials. They come in three different sizes: a 7 by 10-inch model, a 7 by 12 model and a 7 by 14 model. Fundamentally, metal lathes are used for shaping hard materials.

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Mini-lathes can shape most metals, including brass, stainless steel, steel and aluminum. They can shape plastics such as nylon, Teflon, delrin and acetal as well.

Mini lathes are ideal for people who like to create things such as miniature steam engines, planes, cars, or boats or people who like repairing things, such as household fixtures, motorcycles, cars and appliances. Artisans also use lathes to make bracelets, beads and other jewelry.

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