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Tips for Choosing a Bench Brake Lathe

Mass

Body mass is important when considering brake lathes because higher mass prevents vibrations or “chatter.” The easiest way to cheapen a lathe is to reduce mass.

Speed Adjustment

Rotors “sing” or “chatter” at certain speeds and ruin surface finish. Purchase a lathe with adjustable speed to avoid this.

Drum/Disc Conversion
Drums and discs must both be serviced on brake lathes. A lathe that can switch easily between the two saves time and money.

Digital Readout
Digital readouts are easier to understand and reduce technician errors.

Rotor Thickness
Some lathes can measure rotor thickness and prevent technicians from cutting rotors too thin.

Independent Feed
Different rotors call for different feed rates. Being able to adjust the feed rate independently of rotor speed makes the lathe more versatile and effective.

Adaptor Quality
Vibrations are bad for surface finish when using brake lathes. Adaptors that absorb these vibrations improve results.

Adaptor Variety
There are different ways to mount rotors and drums on a lathe. Choose a manufacturer that gives you options to suit your needs.

Service Support
Any machine will eventually need service. Make sure the manufacturer supports their products in the field with a team of reliable service representatives.

Reputation
Brake lathes should last a very long time. Choose a lathe that is built to last.

When choosing a bench brake lathe for your shop, talk to one of Hunter Engineering’s bench brake lathe experts.

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