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Shop Fox M1015 [Review]: 6 inch x 10 inch Micro Metal Lathe

by Jonathan Logtenberg

The Shop Fox M1015 6-Inch by 10-Inch Micro Lathe is the ideal lathe for someone looking for a durable space fitting machine. It’s suitable for beginners, model makers or hobbyist interested in starting small projects such as wood crafting and model making. It’s capable of producing economically small precision parts, fittings, threaded parts and even dies. It’s a lightweight machine and comes assembled, you just need to put it in your workshop and freely move it around when need arises. Before going for bigger projects and bigger lathes, this lathe will help you with the needed practice.

Product overview:

The Shop Fox M1015 6-Inch by 10-Inch Micro Lathe features a convenient control panel which is located at a convenient and easily accessible location. This enables you to access variety of lathe functions including speed dial, selector knob, and clutch for the various adjustments to enable accommodation of turning requirements. It consists of 4 wrenches with the ability to move from 100rpm to 2000rpm. To enhance its flawless user experience, the Shop Fox M1015 comes with three additional jaws and a colossal mill drill. Its controls are not complicated and are very easy to work with. It’s also made in an ISO 9001 certified factory.

Brand overview:

SHOP FOX brand is one of the top brands that is specialized in the industry for woodworking and metal working equipment and machinery. Over the years it has earned the best value for quality benchtop equipment and machinery. This leading brand from Woodstock international is highly recommended by users. It also features a 2-year warranty for its purchased products.


This lathe is created for mini machine enthusiasts with all the features and precisions you expect for a small scale turning. It comes with two feed rates that moves the apron 0.002 inch and 0.004 inch per each workpiece revolution. This precise adjustments allows for accurate cuts of the material. It features both auto and manual feeds. The manual feed hand wheel moves the workpiece to the right or left along the lathe bed. The manual feed control is of great help, especially when you desire manual movement during your turning operations. You can easily shift between manual and automatic feeds with the help of feed clutch. Has a cutting tool; it’s the cutting material used for cutting or removing metal or other materials such as lathe bit, reamer or drill. This lathe is capable of cutting variety of threads including 16, 18, 19, 20, and 24 threads per inch. Featuring thread gears and 3-inch three jaw chuck, the machine also provides a wide range of accessories to allow for various set ups.

Other Key Features and Specifications:

  • 4 hex wrenches
  • Oil cup
  • Double-ended wrench, socket head wrench
  • stand
  • Chuck key
  •  3 external jaws
  • Spindle speed – 100-2000 RPM
  • Spindle taper – mt2
  • Tailstock taper -mt1

Key Pros

  • Space saving
  • Features both manual and automatic feeds
  • Economical

Key Cons

  • Not suitable for professional work turning
  • Requires other accessories for complete workpiece operations
  • Not suitable for bigger projects

Final Verdict:

The Shop Fox M1015 6-Inch by 10-Inch Micro Lathe Machine shows value for money, its cost is ideally reasonable with its specifications. That is, it has what other lathes of the same size can’t offer. Its capable of handling smaller projects perfectly and smoothly. Unlike others, its features and controls are easy to use and operate. This reliable smooth running lathe is suitable and great for model makers and hobbyists. It’s recommended for small business and home projects where space is a factor.

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