Do any members have any experience or on the Unimat
lathe which Rio has featured in its recent catalogue? Is this a
fairly versatile unit in the expereience of members?
If the lathe that you are refering to is the Unimat 1, it is
I have a unimat 3, which is probably identical to the Unimat 4,
imported by Blue Ridge Machinery Co. From the standpoint of
future usefulness, available accessories, and flexibility in a
small lathe and milling system, however, you may want to look at
the Sherline lathes. While the Unimat has served me well, the
accessories are much more expensive than Sherline, and nothing
has been added to the line in the last 15 years or longer.
On the other hand, Sherline continues to expand the range of
tooling and accessories, and Joe Martin’s book, Table Top
Machining, is an excellent reference and details the history of
a small manufacturer as well. If you are looking for a tiny,
cheap lathe, Clisby, http://www.clisby.com.au/ who designed the
Sherline, offers a new product. You might also want to consider
the Taig- Frei and Borel sells it.