Some photos of My Hobbymat MD65 Lathe


The Hobbymat was made in Eastern Germany until fairly recently and was designed for light duty hobby work. My own was manfactured in 1990, there are some images below which are linked to larger images, but be aware these are ~1Mb each.

Hobbymat Lathe

My Hobbymat - Click to zoom in

The Specifications are:


Height of centres 65mm
Distance between centres 300mm

Turning diameter over carriage

Cross slide traverse 80mm
Saddle traverse 55mm
Headstock taper No 2 Morse
Headstock bore 12mm
Speeds 250, 500, 1000, 2000 rpm
Tailstock taper No 1 Morse
Drilling depth 35mm
Depth 340mm
Length 810mm
Weight 45kg
Motor 250W


Hobbymat Lathe
Hobbymat Lathe
Hobbymat Lathe
The headstock & Motor
Cross & Top slides
Cross slides from above
Hobbymat Lathe
Hobbymat Mill
Hobbymat Lathe & Mill
The Headstock & Leadscrew Clutch
A BFE65 Milling Attachment
Lathe and Mill in Action

This lathe is related to the larger Prazimat lathe but has the considerable advantage of being small enough to be moved around by one person. There are some disadvantages to this, although solidly made from 45kg of steel, clearly this lathe is not in the same league as say an ML7, which is twice the size and weight, but it compares very favorably with many modern small lathes.

The BFE65 milling attachment fits to the bed of the lathe to produce a versatile mill/drill using the cross slide as an XY table. A special milling table that replaces the topslide is provided and can be seen in one of the photographs above. It is alos possibile to buy an XY table for the BFE65 to make a stand alone milling machine.

The Hobbymat MD65 is a precision screwcutting lathe and is supplied with gears for both metric and imperial threads. The electrics are built in and the motor can be reversed. As the chuck is bolted to the spindle, there is no danger of the chuck unwinding itself in reverse as can happen with lathes from Myford and Boxford. The spindle is bored straight through, with a No2 Morse Taper and can pass work of up to 12mm diameter.


All images (c) Mike Willis 2005