Updated November 28, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

The 6 Best Metal Lathes

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We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Identifying the right tool for the job can be hard when you have too many options to choose from. We've done the difficult part for you and narrowed down your choices to only the best metal lathes money can buy. All of these machines can cut threads, drill cylindrical, conical and other surface shapes, and more. They do this by rotating the workpiece while moving the cutter in a linear motion. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best metal lathe on Amazon.

6. Erie Tools SP2102

5. Grizzly G8688 Mini

4. Jet BDB-1340A

3. Shop Fox M1016

2. Grizzly G0602

1. Shop Fox M1112

Editor's Notes

November 26, 2018:

Considering that a lathe is one of the most important tools in any workshop, we knew that it was prudent to filter out all the low-quality machines that are known to break, overheat, or bog down when cutting. We also realize that while a 1,000-pound behemoth might be a great addition to a commercial shop, the average weekend hobbyist would find that to be overkill, not to mention it might take up all of their valuable floor space. For this reason, we have included both large and small models to suit a variety of needs.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on November 28, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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