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Shop Fox M1015 6-Inch by 10-Inch Micro Lathe

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  • 4 hex wrenches, 100-2000 RPM spindle speed
  • MT #2 spindle taper, MT #1 tailstock taper
  • Double ended wrench, socket head wrench
  • Oil cup, stand Included
  • Chuck key, 3 external jaws


This Model M1015 Mini-Lathe is a perfect lathe for someone who wants a durable and well-designed machine that can fit in a small location. This Mini-Lathe gives model makers, toolmakers, gun hobbyists, and the weekend machinist a way to economically produce small precision parts, threaded parts, fittings, and dies. Made in an ISO 9001 factory.

Manufacturer: ‎Shop Fox

Part Number: ‎M1015

Item Weight: ‎71 pounds

Package Dimensions: ‎27 x 14.3 x 12 inches

Country of Origin: ‎China

Item model number: ‎M1015

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: ‎No

Size: ‎10

Power Source: ‎Ac

Voltage: ‎110 Volts

Item Package Quantity: ‎1

Special Features: ‎Tailstock taper MT #1, Spindle speed 100-2000 RPM, Spindle taper MT #2

Batteries Included?: ‎No

Batteries Required?: ‎No

Warranty Description: ‎24 months limited parts / No labor

Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.

Date First Available: February 13, 2009

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Top Amazon Reviews

  • I retract - not even worth one star
I have half the mind to take these people to court for the complete fabrication that is this advertisement. ZERO of the specifications of this machine are valid. The centerline of the spindle (i.e. the swing) is NOT 6 inches. In fact, there IS NOT a SINGLE imperial fastener on the machine I recieved. The lead screw is NOT 16TPI as indicated by all labels and reference material. It's a complete joke, by far the worst thing I've bought from Amazon. Bar NONE. PREVIOUS REVIEW: Honestly, it pains me to write this review. To sit here and document the attrocious build quality does not make me happy. I sincerely hope it is a quality control issue, and not all of the lathes they sell are built to such a low level. First of all, the spindle on the unit I recieved was so botched up, it cooked the bearings within 2 months. and I mean _cooked_. Oh, and its CROOKED. Literally, there is a *bend* in the spindle. The bearings honestly had no hope. What's the point of using tapered roller bearings if you're going to take what looks like two pieces of a shaft, and weld them together and hope no-one notices it. Secondly, the 3/8" spindle bore - it's intentionally reduced. The spindle shaft itself is >20mm, and most of the spindle bore is at least 1/2" in diameter, if not 5/8". At this point I'm too annoyed to actually measure it, but suffice it to say, there is zero reason whatsoever for it to not have at east a 1/2" through hole bore. As you can see in one of my photos, the actual spindle nose is chowdered up. To hell with a finish pass I guess, just let the chatter be. I get that I'm not paying for some world class machine here, but I've yet to see other machines in this price range with such low quality. The dovetail ways would have been a nice touch if the gibs had been machined well, or at least to some sane tolerance. Both ends of both the Z and Y gibs were out at least 0.010", which made actually using the machine quite a task. On top of ~all~ of that, the actual speed control circuit and motor used is quite literally a joke. You basically get a dremel motor, with stupider speed control. Literally. The motor in mine is a 110V DC, brushed, motor. You read that right - DC. And the circuit used to actually control it is the product of what I can only assume is a bipolar electrical engineer. Do yourself a favor, wait a few extra days, and get any other machine. Seriously, I wish I had. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2020 by Robert Novak Robert Novak

  • Good Product
I received this lathe a few days ago. I have to admit the packaging leaves something to be desired, the wooden crate was pretty banged up and the parts were sliding around inside, still nothing was damaged. Given some of the other reviews before I finished removing it from the crate I tested it to make sure it was in working order, which it was, no issues, but I think the manufacturer could do themselves a favor by having this shipped in a strong cardboard box with foam inserts; besides that I am happy and impressed with the lathe. To be clear I am not an inspiring master machinist (that was my grandfather). I wanted something to play around with and I think this lathe is perfect for that. I have used some of the other micro lathes like the Central Machine, and I feel this one is a better option. I have done some test cutting with it using both HSS cutters and carbide insert cutters, and am satisfied with the results. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2020 by Rbarryz

  • Quality Mini Lathe!
This mini lathe is just what my small shop needed. Many tools and jigs for the luthier / woodworker are quite expensive. But, with the DIY know how and right equipment, alot of money can be saved and business can be earned. This Shop Fox m1015 mini lathe is made of quality materials. Don't let bad reviews mislead you. This machine is accurate, mills as it should and gets parts done. Upgraded the m1015 with the Shop Fox Steady Rest and Milling Vertical Slide. Now it can get both cylindrical and vertical milling jobs done perfectly. Thanks Shop Fox! ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2021 by MONERO ACOUSTIC GUITARS

  • Replacement circuit / control board needed
Used this lathe for about 10 hours before the circuit / control board burned up.
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021 by Joshua Stewart Joshua Stewart

  • Five Stars
Works great for small task around the shop.
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2015 by Glen K.

  • Looks good, lacks features.
I purchased this lathe on Amazon for $497.00 no tax and free shipping. I needed a small lathe to do just one job.... turning some Delrin rod down to 32mm. The Lathe arrived boxed in a thin wooden crate 10 days later via UPS. The crate was damaged, it had been dropped and had a huge hole underneath, My wife signed for it and never noticed the damage, so I unpacked it and found the lathe was remarkably undamaged apart from a broken cord that I repaired. I had looked at the Harbor freight lathes and they looked "cheap" this one looked a little better but not much. I started using the lathe and it works fine for me, It is small! a bit too small really but it works. The side casing enclosing the gearbox is not alloy as I had thought but cheap plastic, the warning stickers are already coming off, as are the decals showing the switch settings. I really miss the compound cross slide feature that comes with the other lathes, guess I`ll just have to buy one as an extra part. Using the lathe you soon run out of feed on the tail stock and cross slide, you have to keep re-setting the tool post every time you want to change a tool. The lathe really needs to come with some "extras" to make it worth while, I had to go out and buy a chuck,live center, and cutting tools to get up and running.I took plenty of photos and some video of my setup, you will need to make a box to raise the lathe up to a good working height, otherwise your back will start aching!. Overall its OK, but honestly, buy a bigger one, and one that has a compound cross slide and no plastic parts. I will keep this lathe as it does what I needed it for, but for anything else bigger it will struggle. My advise if you need a tool for one purpose like me its OK, if you plan on doing other jobs...get a bigger lathe. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2010 by Dave the Inventor Dave the Inventor

  • Best Lathe ever.
I can make anything on this sweet machine. It can polish things to a mirror finish if you want one.
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2013 by Joey-boy

  • Doesn't work
Excited when I got this lathe delivered. Boy! That didn't last long. Could Not get it to come on at all. Put a call in to the manufacturer and spoke with a technician. Tried everything he suggested but still no good. Returned it to Amazon and they shipped another one immediately (Excellent Service). Guess what! The second one didn't work ewither. Sent it back for a refund. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2013 by Gene S. Young

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