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Grizzly   |  Model: G8688
7" x 12" Mini Metal Lathe
Price: $515.00
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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
  • 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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    4 Customer Reviews (4.8 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review

    G8688 7" x 12" Mini Metal Lathe purchase review
    5/ 5stars

    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!

    Excellent Value
    5/ 5stars

    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.

    Great lathe but....
    5/ 5stars

    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. \r\nProblem is tge 4 jaw chuck that goes to this lathe has been discontinued. Seriously grizzly bring the 4 jaw chuck back.

    This is the lathe you buy before you buy your lathe
    4/ 5stars

    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.\r\n\r\nIf 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. \r\n\r\nThe 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.\r\n\r\nBuy this lathe, run it into the ground, then get a real one.

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