Model Engineering In Thailand and South East Asia

Photos Of The Huge ARGO 3VH Milling Machine And The Big Kinwa CH 430X1100 Lathe In The Vendor’s Workshop In Bangkok, Thailand

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These are photos of a huge milling machine and a large lathe that were sent to me by a member of the Announcement List on the website in response to my Page “Buying A Large Lathe In Thailand“.

As I explained on that Buying A Large Lathe In Thailand web page I need a large lathe and milling machine to install in my model engineering workshop here in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand, to make a large model of a steam traction engine.

The Announcement List member told me that the machines were about three years old and had seen little use and that he was prepared to sell them to me if I was interested. I was interested and arranged to visit the Vendor’s workshop. These are the photos the Vendor sent me by email.

Photos Of The Huge ARGO 3VH Milling Machine And The Big Kinwa CH 430X1100 Lathe

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Photos Of  The Big Kinwa CH 430X1100 Lathe

According to the Vendor, John, Kinwa is the last company to make non-CNC lathe machines of quality. Kinwa is a Taiwanese company and john says that these machines are far superior to lathes made in mainland China and that Kinwa is the make of choice for the discerning purchaser.

Specification Of  The Big Kinwa CH 430X1100 Lathe


KINWA Lathe Machine CH-430 Specifications


CH-430 x 1100


  Swing Over Bed

432 mm

  Swing Over Carriage

268 mm

  Swing Over Gap

610 mm

  Width of Gap in front of face plate

150 mm

  Distance Between Centers

1067 mm

  Width of Bed

300 mm

  Stroke of Tool Post

145 mm

  Stroke of Cross Slide

265 mm


  Spindle Bore

58 mm ( 78 mm Optional )

  Taper of Spindle Bore & Center

MT6 x MT4

  Spindle Nose

A1-6, D1-6

  Number of Spindle Speeds


  Spindle Speed

35,52,75,110,160,230,330,490,650,950,1350,2000 rpm

Threading & Feeds

  Number of Feeds


  Range of Longitudinal Feeds

0.037 – 1.04 mm / rev

  Range of Cross Feeds

Half of Longitudinal Feeds

  Leadscrew Diameter

35 mm

  Leadscrew Pitch

P = 6 mm

  Range of Inch Pitches

2 – 72 TPI / 44 Kinds

  Range of Metric Pitches

0.2 – 14 mm / 39 Kinds


  Quill Stroke

170 mm

  Quill Diameter

60 mm

  Quill Taper



  Main Motor

5 HP

  Coolant Pump Motor

1/8 HP

Machine Dimension



  Floor Space

2300 x 1000 mm


1800 kgs





Price Above Not Include Vat 7%

 Photos Of The Huge ARGO 3VH Milling Machine

John’s story of this huge milling machine and I was aghast at the size of it when I saw it, is that it is a Taiwanese clone of the well known and well respected American Bridgeport milling machine but that it has been “metricized”.

Specification Of The Huge ARGO 3VH Milling Machine

Vertical Turret Milling Machine 3VH

ARGO Vertical Turret Milling Machine 3VH Specifications




Spindle Motor

3 HP

Spindle Speeds ( rpm )

70 – 500 Low / 600 – 4200 High ( Verrival Speed )

Spindle Taper

R-8 or ISO 30

SpindleCenter to Column Face

6 – 3/4″ Min. – 29 – 3/4″ Max. ( 172 mm Min. – 756 mm Max. )

Spindle Nose to Table Top

0″ Min. – 18″ Max. ( 0 mm Min. – 458 mm Max. )

Quill Diameter

3.375″ ( 86 mm )

Quill Feeds ( 3 )

.0015″, .003″, .006″ ( .04 mm, .08mm, .15 mm )

Quill Travel

5″ ( 127 mm )


Head Tilt

45o Forward 45o Backward 90o Right 90o Left

Ram Travel

18″ ( 458 mm )

Ram Swivel



Work Surface

10″ x 50″ ( 254 x 1270 mm )

Max. Workpiece Travel

300 kgs

Longitudinal Travel

35″ T-Slots (3) ( 890 mm )

Supplied with Turcite B

Cross Travel

15.1″ ( 384 mm )

Supplied with Turcite B

Hardness and Ground Way

Vertical Travel

16″ ( 407 mm )

Hardness and Ground Way

Power Feed

X – Axis

155 / cm-kg ( 135 / in-Ib )

Z – Axis Driven Motor

800 mm / Min.


Approx. Machine Weight

1,250 kgs



Halogen Lamp


Chip Tray




Price Above Not Include Vat 7%

Details And Accessories

Details Of the SDN35CXA Super Quick Change Tool Post

  • 20,000 P.S.I. Holder locking pressure
  • For manual lathe, prototyping, maintenance work, limited multi operation and toolroom applications
  • Heat treated and precision ground alloy steel body
  • High precision, for internal and external operations, roughing and finishing
  • Interchangeable with industry standard tool posts and tool holders
  • Maintenance free
  • Manufactured in U.S.A.
  • Positive lock with absolute zero backlash
  • Repetitive accuracy of 0.0001″

 Specification Of The 6 Inch Milling Machine Accu-Lock Precision Vice

  • This machine vise without base has a 6 inch jaw width
  • 5-1/2 inch jaw opening
  • 1-3/4 inch jaw height
  • The lock down jaw provides 1/2 pound of force vertically for each pound of horizontal force and it eliminates tilt and hammering
  • The removed hinged handle helps fast locking
  • For Bridgeport milling machine
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7 Responses to Photos Of The Big Lathe And Milling Machine I Bought In Thailand

  • Great to see there are others interested in engineering in Thailand.

    I had a small workshop back in the UK and now live near Phuket and have workshop once again.

    I purchased a manual mill from (Sieg) POSH ENTERPRISE in Bangkok also a mini lathe (Sieg) two years ago.

    I purchased a big manual lathe from Sumore SP2110/750 also a copy (Sieg) KX3 cnc Mill SP2215 had them shipped into Bangkok and delivered here to Phuket with a few problems but now have most equipment I need, Tig welder Plasma Torch etc all of which I purchased from Bangkok Hardware in Phuket.

    There are plenty of suppliers of most steel and I have found one that stock most every thing and will cut to length, but like you say you have to make the best of it the same as most things bought here!!.

    Will leave it for now but any one interested in Machining metal I would be pleased to help.

    • Hi Vince and thank you for your contribution to the website.

      Your comments are timely because there is another person (Lieven) in Phuket looking to but a lathe and milling machine but is having problems finding reliable suppliers.

      We had a long discussion on this most of which is recorded on the website starting here:-

      I will let Lieven know of your experiences and I hope you can help him.

      I (as would other visitors to the website) appreciate if any further comments could be posted on the website for all to see.

      Again, welcome to the Thailand home workshop machinists community.

    • Hello Vince,

      The SP2110 lathe you have appears to be just what I’ve been looking for, and at a reasonable price too (listed price on their web page is $2000 FOB). Can you tell us what shipping costs were? What shipper did you use? Import duty fees??

      Thanks for any help you can provide,

      Mike (in Nong Khae)

  • Hello Alan:

    Great machines and an excellent combination for making sooo many things!!!!

  • Those are beautiful machines, but how did you get them into your shop, and how will you move them into their final positions??

    • Hi Mike and thank you for the comment.

      The machines are now in place where I will be using them. I have some new photos of them and some movies showing how they were moved from Bangkok to our house. I’ll be posting them on the website when I get chance.

      Best Regards

      Alan Brown

  • Nice bits of kit. Still think the lathe is a bit pricey. My mate has sold out all machine tools except one humoungous long monster lathe. Even sold his own boring machine @1.2 mil baht. New order from China on the way.

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