A lathe is a tool that rotates a workpiece on its axis. The purpose of a lathe is to drill, sand, cut, and deform a piece of metal or wood in various ways. Lathes help us create symmetry, whether for functional or artistic purposes, and they are one of the most important machines in woodworking and mechanics. If you’re interested in cars, motorcycles, boats, or robotics, chances are you’re going to need a small metal lathe at some point.
As for the mini lathes, they are smaller, cheaper versions of industrial lathes. That said, their performance is nothing to scoff at, as some of these models pack quite a powerful punch. The key difference is that mini lathes are used by hobbyists and in smaller workpieces.