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New wood lathe

After years of searching, I have finally pulled the trigger and purchased a new (to me) wood lathe. I have been using an old mid-80's Craftsman lathe. She has performed wonderfully and I have made some great projects on her. But the limitations of that design are many. I found a General 26020VS on Craigslist last week and made it over in time to purchase her before someone lathe blocked me. LOL. She is one huge wood lathe, as it came with the bed extension too. With some practice, I should be able to turn 102" between centers. I do have material for to make three 4-post beds and this lathe will allow me to do so. So excited. She is in great shape.
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Congrats.
The old Generals were great machines.
In the last thousand or so years, there has not been too much in the way of technologial advances in a wood lathe.
Other than the fact that it needs to spin the wood, it is still essentially a hand tool.
The General is a nice heavy machine with very solid feeling bearings.
Have a ball.

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Wow that's a beauty! Can I ask what you paid for it?
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Holy jeez....do you use telephone poles for rough stock.
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The tools don't make the craftsman....
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I had a 15 X 144 VS Vega and turned a lot of interior and exterior columns on it.Some up to 24' in two pieces.Some solid blanks and some glued up.Just make sure that if you glue any blanks up hexagonally that the joints are very good.Had one 12' long going at around 1200 rpm come apart on me once.Pretty scary.
The General is a very nice lathe.Congrats
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You can make some nice pens with one of those.
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Wow that's a beauty! Can I ask what you paid for it?
Yes you may, $2000. I realize that is a lot for a lathe, but this guy was almost $7000 when new for lathe and extension bed. I also got the 48" and 60" tool rest the previous owned had machined for this lathe. That would cost me another $100 or so easy. I believe it was a decent deal. I have been looking and you just don't see many large wood lathes for sale. I will keep this thing for the next 20-25 years. I believe I will get my money back when I do sale...
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You can make some nice pens with one of those.

LOL, Good one Luke..
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And I thought I had compensation problems. Just kidding, nice Lathe.
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Yes you may, $2000. I realize that is a lot for a lathe, but this guy was almost $7000 when new for lathe and extension bed. I also got the 48" and 60" tool rest the previous owned had machined for this lathe. That would cost me another $100 or so easy. I believe it was a decent deal. I have been looking and you just don't see many large wood lathes for sale. I will keep this thing for the next 20-25 years. I believe I will get my money back when I do sale...
I think that 2 grand is a pretty darn good deal for a quality lathe that size, not to mention the extras.
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Suuhweet!
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And I thought I had compensation problems. Just kidding, nice Lathe.
Just what would I be compensating for? LOL
My tiny shaper?
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