My dream lathe has finally arrived, and I wanted to take the opportunity to give you a quick preview! It’s the Precision Matthews TL-1660 Ultra-Precision metal lathe. Gordy Gritters and I show the “uncrating”, and also perform some quick demos. Stay tuned for the full review!
Precision Matthews is on the spot with shipping! They arranged freight for the TL-1660, and it was great to get a call to schedule the drop-off. Where are you located sir? She asked. I’m up a dirt road I said, and we left it at that. Well, when the driver arrived he said: “If I had known how bad that road is, I wouldn’t have driven up here!”. I was glad he didn’t know :).
Within minutes I had the crate and lathe suspended 6′ in the air using my Case 590 Super M backhoe. This machine lifted the 4000lb load without a problem, and it was a smooth-and-steady operation!
After uncrating and removing the cosmoline, I couldn’t wait to “make some chips”, and this machine didn’t disappoint!
This lathe is a beast! Here are some of the specs that have me excited about the Precision Matthews TL-1660:
- Ultra Precision, made in Taiwan
- 16″ swing, 60″ between centers capacity
- D1-6 high precision spindle
- English and Metric threading without gear changes
- One shot lube on the carriage
- 3-Phase 5hp motor
Also make sure you check out my Precision Matthews PM-1440GT full review:
This is the kind of information I’ll be putting together for the TL-1660, make sure you’re subscribed!