Hobby or entry-level machinists will not want to pass up this versatile machine. Great for turning, cutting threads, drilling and milling small projects, this combo lathe is packed with extra add-ons like a 4-way turret tool post, 9-1/2″ faceplate, 4″ 3-jaw chuck, and a built-in rotating vise. Features a 16-1/2″ swing over bed, 11-1/2″ swing over saddle, 19-3/16″ distance between centers, 3/4″ spindle bore, and MT #3 tapers.
The list of features is huge for such a mini lathe:
- T-slots in cross slide
- Cuts inch and metric threads
- Turret tool post
- Tailstock offsets 1/2″
- Built-in vise
- 4″ 3-jaw chuck
- 1/2″ drill chuck
- MT #3 chuck arbor
- 2 dead centers
- Change gears
- 5″ backplate
- 9-1/2″ faceplate
- Motor size: 3/4 HP, 110V, single-phase
- Swing over bed: 16-1/2″
- Swing over saddle: 11-1/2″
- Distance between centers: 19-3/16″
- Spindle bore: 3/4″
- Lathe spindle taper: MT #3
- Mill/Drill spindle taper: MT #3
- Tailstock taper: MT #3
- Draw bar: 3/8″-16 TPI
- Tailstock barrel travel: 1-1/2″
- Cross slide travel: 4-1/2″
- Number of Mill/Drill speeds: 14
- Mill/Drill speeds: 117, 150, 220, 290, 276, 345, 360, 440, 450, 575, 640, 836, 1000, 1300 RPM
- Number of Lathe speeds: 7
- Lathe speeds: 160, 300, 375, 470, 600, 870, 1360 RPM
- Thread range (inches): 27 @ 8 – 120 TPI
- Thread range (metric): 18 @ .2 – 3.0 mm
- Approximate shipping weight: 475 lbs.
This is a review from Amazon.com by someone who purchased this lathe.
From: SHOP FOX M1018 Small Combo Lathe Mill (Amazon Tools & Hardware) by B.Christensen.
“This is the “real deal.” It is mostly cast or machined steel and very heavy – shipping weight was 501#. I used a diesel engine hoist to get it up on the workbench. The workmanship appears to be very good. The vise and beds are very tight and no visible or measurable play (by hand) yet moves smoothly. The gears, motor and all drive parts run very smooth and quiet. I have not used the mill portion yet but will update when I do. If you buy one, be certain to check EVERY nut and bolt as loosening may occur in shipping. The gearbox on mine was only half full of gear oil. Also be sure to run the break-in process outlined in the manual. It takes about 6 hours to complete so plan time for it. I ran a 1/2″D x 6″L round 6160 and had less than .002 variation over the length. I then threaded the piece and was quite pleased with the consistency and accuracy of the threading. CEVA was the shipper and they were anything but expedient, I had to call them after sitting on in for almost a week at the local dock – CEVA does have tracking on their own Internet page. I have some materials ordered for upcoming projects and will update this when the machine has had more use.”
The Shop Fox M1018 from Toolking.com ( I recommend you have a look at Toolking as they are more of a machinery specialist) is extremely versatile and you’ll end up making projects that were impossibe without the vertical mill. Offering much more latitude than you can get on a 7×17 or 8×12, this mini lathe mill combination is the answer to saving space, saving money and turning out exciting and inspiring work.
The Workshop Manual for the M1018 is available at on the lathe Hints page