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.
Rotors “sing” or “chatter” at certain speeds and ruin surface finish. Purchase a lathe with adjustable speed to avoid this.
Drums and discs must both be serviced on brake lathes. A lathe that can switch easily between the two saves time and money.
Digital readouts are easier to understand and reduce technician errors.
Some lathes can measure rotor thickness and prevent technicians from cutting rotors too thin.
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.
Vibrations are bad for surface finish when using brake lathes. Adaptors that absorb these vibrations improve results.
There are different ways to mount rotors and drums on a lathe. Choose a manufacturer that gives you options to suit your needs.
Any machine will eventually need service. Make sure the manufacturer supports their products in the field with a team of reliable service representatives.
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.