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Wood lathe (Beginner)

I have been doing some research on different lathes, but can get confusing, with that said I have never done this but would love to get into this hobby, what the best starter lathe that would be good for a beginner??

Size? Length? Table top? How many HP?? Etc please help!!
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What are you wanting to turn? Pens, table legs, candlesticks? Bowls or vases? Lathe selection depends on use.

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I would love to learn to do bowls.
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Anyone???
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Get the biggest full size lathe you can afford. You will never wish you had a smaller lathe.
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Get the biggest full size lathe you can afford. You will never wish you had a smaller lathe.
....and have room for
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....and have room for
For bowl turning bed length isn't very important. You could get a heavy duty short bed made for bowl turning.
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First lathe I ever bought (Never turned a thing either) was a 14 foot long pattern makers lathe.

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First lathe I ever bought (Never turned a ting either) was a 14 foot long pattern makers lathe.
Why does that not surprise me!

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When choosing your first lathe--get one that takes standard accessories--

You want a head with a Morse taper--
Thread sizes that match common face plates and other screw on items
See how much throw the tail stock has--If you will be drilling, using the tail stock--the longer the throw the better.

Weight---bowl turning can shake a machine before the blank is rounded off--get one with some weight.

Horse power---1/2 HP is the minimum----

How big of a bowl can you turn?

Others can fill you in on thread sizes--Morse taper sizes and other technical numbers--Mike--
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Because the choices are endless, we should ask you what your budget is.

There have been numerous threads in the turner's sub forum about getting a first lathe. Start there:

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/ne...stions-108330/

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Make sure the spindle thread is 1-8 or 1-1/4-8. Make sure the morse taper is 2 or larger. I would up the minimum hp to 1 hp.
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My 2 cents: I just ordered a Delta 46-460. Should have it by Tues. I have never turned before but feel that this fits my needs to turn pens to bowls and plates to small vases. It is 1 HP and has the optional extension if ever needed.

I weighed all of my options and feel this is the best for me. Hope that helps.
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Great information guys, thank you very much for all The information, this has helped out a lot.
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Delta 46-460 was a lathe I have been looking into, and that is the choice I am going with..
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