Update: Homier 7x12 Mini-Lathe

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"Original" style Homier Lathe

Update (09/03/02)

I have received reports from two recent purchasers of the Homier 7x12 lathe that the lathes they received were not as described in my review and as shown in the picture above. The lathes being shipped now appear to a blue version of the familiar Sieg 7x12 lathe, the same as that sold by Grizzly.

I have requested confirmation of this change directly from Homier, but so far have not received a definitive answer. Update (9/5/02) Homier has confirmed that Sieg is now the supplier of their mini-lathe. Their representative did state that they had made a vendor change and that some of the features are different, but not explicitly that the new lathes are the Sieg version. It is also likely that some of the older versions may still be in stock at various Homier sales around the country, so you could end up with either version if you buy one during the next few months.

On casual observation the two styles of lathe look similar, but there are a number of details that are different, as summarized in the following table:

  Original Homier Model Sieg Model
Packing grease light coating of nearly clear grease thick red grease
Saddle Rectangular shape, bare metal with way wipers and oil ports H-shaped, painted metal; no way wipers or oil ports
Tailstock No markings on ram, acorn locking nut, flat base not painted Inch markings on ram, flat locking nut, flat base is painted
Power supply SCR type MOSFET type
Compound and Cross Feed dials Have locking setscrew No locking setscrew
Protractor Black plastic Chrome metal
Threading dial Silver with adjusting screw Black, no adjusting screw
Compound and Cross Feed Handles Elongated Not elongated
Leadscrew Adjustable nut on end, extends beyond pillow block No adjusting nut, flush with pillow block
Tool Holder Plain shiny steel Black oxide steel
Toopost stud Center portion not threaded Threaded over entire length
Tool size 3/8" 5/16"
Headstock 4 bolts attach to bed 3 bolts attach to bed
Spindle 3 bolt holes (6 on some) 6 bolt holes

Here's some information provided by Al Tyson: (thanks, Al!)

Just received the Homier Mini Lathe I ordered and discovered that it does
have the additional 4 holes in the spindle for the 4 jaw chuck. However the
reason it does is not because they've added the additional holes to their
original machine but because they've gone to the SEIG 7 X 12 Mini Lathe. My
machine has none of the additional features of your Homier IE: The way
wipers, the plastic protractor or the additional length on the lead screw
with the nut and set screw. It has all the features of the Grizzley 7 X 12,
IE the metal protractor, the Tail Stock Ram is graduated and it has the
shorter lead screw with no nut with set screw to take up slack in the lead
screw. I have'nt checked whether it's set up for 5/16 tooling like the HF and
Grizzley rather than the 3/8 of the original Homier but considering it has
all the other features of the Grizzley including the fact that the rubber
mounting feet were NOT installed I'd say it's a pretty good bet that it's set
up for 5/16 tooling as well

By the way I called Homier & asked them if they changed manufacturers
and was told they had. Also the parts diagram which is part of the
instruction manual is the same diagram posted on the Little Machine Shop web
site as the Grizzley 7 X 12 including all of the parts #s.

Here are some photos sent by Charlie Brighthaupt (thanks, Charlie!)

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