Model Engineering In Thailand and South East Asia

Metal Lathe 900mm Centres Wanted

Can anyone help with the name of a supplier or maybe you have one for sale?

This is the email I received from Ray  Ferguson:-

Hi Alan,

I will be retiring to Thailand this year and want to buy a metal lathe about 700/ 900 between centers a name of 1 or 2 sellers would help, I will be living in Thaton near the Burma border.

Thanks Ray


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4 Responses to Wanted: Metal Lathe 900mm Centres

  • Hello Alan & Ray,

    I have made a few small purchases (2 different lathe chucks, drill chuck, MT#5 center) from “Everlasting”, a Chinese company with an office and several warehouses in Bangkok, and have been quite satisfied with the quality and price. They have a fair website showing & describing all their products, but they dont show prices, for that you need to call; they have one or two sales people that speak English, but I find it easier to have my Thai wife make the call. Here’s the link:

    If you’re looking for a used lathe, you can try the shop Gordon mentioned, or there’s also a shop on route 361 in Chon Buri that sells used equipment; (I need to visit the shop again to provide better directions).

    A few months back, I too was looking for a lathe of similar size,…for a variety of reasons I chose to build a lathe,…it’s a fully enclosed slant bed design,… I’ve posted a “build log” on another website that specializes in CNC machines:

    Whichever path you take, best of luck to you and welcome to Thailand,


  • Hello Alan.

    I will keep my ears open and ask some of my contacts but there are not many Thais into hobbies in the same way as the English/British.

    Last year I was looking for a wood lathe but no luck and didn’t want to start my new hobby off with something expensive in case I didn’t like it so I ended up making my own.

    Regards David.

  • Hello Alan,

    Just a thought about a lathe. Before I bought a lathe, considered buying in UK and then to ship over, that I did do but never again. Because from a lad a Myford ML7 was the only one I wanted. So buying one on e,bay was what was done, it is an old machine built in 1947 and cost me 410 pounds, had it airfreight over at a cost of 565 pounds. Because as a lad a Myford lathe was the only one that I had dreamed of to do model engineering, That cost was silly as 4 or 5 years ago a New Taiwanese lathe of similar size could be had in Klong Thom for 1000 pounds.

    There is a used machine dealer on the way out of Bangkok close to Nakom Patom and has a lot of lathes and other engineering machines. Going to BKK in 10 days and may call in and have a look at what he has. A good place is Klong Tom in Bangkok and if you were to ask me what should I do, the answer would be, have a day or more in Klong Thom with Eng;ish and Thai speaking friend.


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