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Machine
12-13-2017, 11:44 AM
Curious if anyone has any thoughts about Acer lathes? I might be buying a 1440G lathe soon and was wondering what people thought of their quality? It's a Tawainese machine, so I'm thinking it'll definitely be a step above a Grizzly or similar Chinese model. They're definitely more expensive than Chinese equivalents, so I assume it's a better product.

Toolguy
12-13-2017, 02:00 PM
I have a Dynamic 1440G Acer lathe. It is very precision and high quality. Very heavy duty industrial grade. I have a DRO on mine and can easily hold any tolerance I need to. Highly recommend this one.

Rich Carlstedt
12-13-2017, 05:17 PM
If I was to buy a Lathe from Chinese, or Taiwanese sources , I would pick the Acer First. Top notch castings of Meehanite Iron and superb finishing. Good Choice !

Rich

TOOLZNTHINGS
12-13-2017, 08:17 PM
Friends have a Acer lathe, very nice to run and well built. I have a Acer 6 x 18 surface grinder and it is very good, also. I think a good choice.

metalmagpie
12-14-2017, 10:44 AM
You can tell a great deal about a 14x40 lathe from the weight. They vary from 1500 to 3500 pounds. Which one do you think is more solid and rigid?

I once owned a 14" YAM lathe. Thing was very heavily built. The company that bought it originally paid over $14k in '80s dollars. Absolutely no comparison with the cheapos.

I like my Nardini but I wish I hadn't sold that YAM.

metalmagpie

Machine
12-14-2017, 12:11 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone. Sounds like the 1440 is a great lathe, which is certainly what it appears to be. Hope to have it following me home very soon. And metalmagpie I inderstand what you're saying, but this lathe weighs the same as a Bridgeport which is at the very upper end of my ability to deal with it logistically moving around and storage-wise in my shop. So hopefully this machine will be more than an amateur hack like me will ever really need, which I'm pretty sure it will be. Thanks a again all for the help.

Machine
12-22-2017, 06:36 PM
Well I bought the lathe, very happy to have it in my garage now. A hack like me doesn't deserve a nice lathe like this! Here's a few pics...

http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/attachments/f13/215896d1513985401-test-dsc_0025.jpg
http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/attachments/f13/215891d1513985157-test-dsc_0009.jpg
http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/attachments/f13/215892d1513985172-test-dsc_0016.jpg
http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/attachments/f13/215894d1513985208-test-dsc_0023.jpg

RichR
12-22-2017, 08:45 PM
Very nice and congratulations on your acquisition.