Grizzly   |  Model: G8688
7" x 12" Mini Metal Lathe
Price: $555.00
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Grizzly G8688 - 7" x 12" Mini Metal Lathe

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Powered by a 3/4 HP motor, this lathe also features: variable speeds (0-2500 RPM), inch and metric reading dials, turret tool post, chip tray & splash guard.


  • Variable Speed
  • 16 TPI Reversible Leadscrew
  • Forward and reverse in all speeds
  • Chip Tray & Backsplash Guard
  • Threading Dial Indicator
  • Standard & Metric Graduation
  • Made in an ISO 9001 factory


  • Swing over bed: 7"
  • Distance between centers: 12"
  • Bore Size of Included Chuck: 16mm
  • Spindle bore: 20mm
  • Spindle nose taper: MT #3
  • Tailstock taper: MT #2
  • Tailstock travel: 2-1/2"
  • Cross-slide travel: 2-3/4"
  • Maximum tool bit size: 5/16"
  • Speed range: Low Range: 0-1100 RPM, High Range: 0-2500 RPM
  • Range of standard threads: 12-52 TPI
  • Range of metric threads: 0.4-2.0mm
  • Motor: 3/4 HP, 110V, single-phase, 3A
  • Number of thread pitches: 18 inch & 10 metric
  • Cuts LH threads
  • Net weight: 75 lbs.
  • Approximate shipping weight: 90 lbs.

    Standard Equipment:

  • 3" Three-Jaw Chuck with External Jaws
  • 6-1/4" Faceplate
  • Steady Rest
  • Four-Position Turret Post
  • Complete Set of Change Gears
  • MT #2 Dead Center
  • Wrenches
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    21 Customer Reviews (4.8 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review

    Raymond R
    we love it !!!!! 2/16/2018

    This is a great lathe, we absolutely love it. it is everything that you said it was and more!!

    Great so far 12/28/2017

    Purchased the first unit and it came in damaged ,the ladies on the phone we're very helpful in fixing the problem, I received my new one and have been rendering metal useless since then

    Works right out of the box! 12/26/2017

    My research led me to believe that pretty much any mini-lathe was going to require tuning and adjustment before being able to turn out any usable work. That was not the case with this unit. After cleaning the shipping grease off and lubricating it properly, everything was tight an within spec right out of the box. No slop in the cross feed, no gibs needing adjustment, the runout on the chuck was good, tailstock and chuck centers lined up perfectly. Very pleased with this unit and when I caught the sale price it was considerably less than competing units. Highly recommended.

    Great price awesome quality 12/10/2017

    I purchased this for my husband , and due to it being heavy ish he carried it for me he opened it and has used it and LOVES IT. Also talked to someone in customer service had a great experience! Love this product love this company.

    Good Product 11/16/2017

    This is a good unit and works well for what it is intended.
    However, as I have stated previously I am not impressed with the freight company used to ship the item. That would be my hangup if I were to order in the future.

    michael B
    Yes it’s a nice machine 11/11/2017

    My only regret is the plastic gears. As easy as metal gears are to make and produce the machine really needs them this would give this machine a higher quality and separate them from other machines on the market I’ve decided to replace all plastic gears with metal for longer lasting use

    Phillip M
    Perfect for a newby like me! 11/4/2017

    I am new to home machining, but I am a retired engineer so I do have some background. This is a very nice piece of machinery and perfect for my projects. I love the amount of third party support for this mini lathe. I purchased a milling adapter from LMS so I can now produce just about anything I might want to. The delivery process to a residence was totally painless too.


    It arrived nicely packaged with minimum cleanup to begin use.

    Runs great 8/16/2017

    Fast shipping and perfect condition when it arrived.


    I love my new lathe it's small but it handles big job with ease.

    great tool for hobby work 6/5/2017

    After setting it up and cleaning/lubing everything, I put hte small lathe thru it's paces. I find with a newly ground bit (5/16 HSS), you're not going to take heavy cuts. .020 on softer materials is probably the most youd do. there is a bit of flexiness to the compound, but if you work with aluminum, brass, plastic or wood, it's fine. It runs quiet and your cut will make more noise than the machine itself.
    I do not like the accuracy of the dials. make sure to verify your depth with a vernier or mic. Traverse across the bed is true to .0001 perpendicular. also verify your compound squareness to the work. I don't trust the angle indicator either. using 5/16" tool bits, you need to shim them to center height
    properly set up and lubed, this machine will give you 1000's of hours of happy machining. recommended you upgrade to a QC toolpost (0XA), and 4 jaw chuck

    Was exactly as I thought it would be 6/4/2017

    Everything works like it should needed to do the cleanup and no big deal


    Good machine but i am a little concerned about the plastic gears

    Colin D
    This is the lathe you buy before you buy your lathe 5/20/2017

    To start with, it is a pretty awful lathe. It certainly isn't built to last, and it most definitely could have been better. A lot better. However,lets look at a different lathe. The Myford Super 7 has been a standard of quality for some time now. It's an excellent lathe, with lots of parts and attachments and tooling available. With The Grizzly 7 x 12, lathe, it + basic attachments and tooling will probably end up costing you around $1,000- 1,200. Compare that to the Myford's $10,000-12,000.

    If you buy the myford, who knows how much you will use it, or weather the attachments and tooling you buy will really be of any use to you. A Myford is not a beginner's lathe. It may be an excellent lathe with lots of bells and whistles, but it may not do what you need.

    The grizzly 7 x 12 Is an excellent way to learn the basics and understand what you need and what you don't without spending some obscene amount of money in the process. This lathe is pretty much the bottom of the market for something of it's caliber, and it is no where near professional quality, but it will do the basics pretty well.

    Buy this lathe, run it into the ground, then get a real one.

    billy S
    Great lathe but.... 5/4/2017

    This lathe is outstanding. Cuts like a dream with good carbide bits and holds good accuracy. Dials are in .001 increments and cut .0012. Close enough for government work.
    Problem is tge 4 jaw chuck that goes to this lathe has been discontinued. Seriously grizzly bring the 4 jaw chuck back.

    Lawrence M
    Excellent Value 2/8/2017

    Grizzly is known for high quality shop machinery, and this lathe is no exception. It has a relatively small footprint, but provides exceptional capability for its small size. I needed a bench top lathe for making small parts for model trains, and this unit is a perfect fit at a competitive price.

    G8688 7" x 12" Mini Metal Lathe purchase review 1/27/2017

    The G8688 7" x 12" Mini Metal Lathe was a good purchase for me. I'm new to metal working and have already broken a couple cutting tools and blown a fuse, but the machine was straight forward to setup and learn so I'm routinely producing parts with about 1 to 2 mil accuracy and expect to improve. The best part of the purchase was the Grizzly team! They went out of their way to make shipping and delivery a good experience for me. And, I had a technical issue just after purchase that they bent over backwards to make right. Excellent team!

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