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post #1 of 7 Old 11-05-2017, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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new to the art ...been a carpenter life long am interested in turning bowls of various sizes, what is a good lathe to get things spinning..Thanks
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-05-2017, 08:56 AM
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That could vary from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. What is your budget? Really the heavier the lathe you can get the better. With a lathe the weight means less vibration. Personally I like the old antique cast iron machinery.
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Browse through this section, it will give you an idea of what is involved, personally i think I would practice on some smaller projects before getting into turning bowls.
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/

As Steve says there is a vast range of prices and machinery and to turn bowls you want the beefiest machinery possible.

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Make sure you get a good heavy one, if you get something too 'economical" you might not enjoy it as much, then you wouldn't get to spend money on all the high end chisels,scrapers and gouges

But a lot of entry level people start with something like Harbor Freight and work up from there

If you do get one and it shakes making deep cuts or catches, put some 2x boards across the bottom on the legs and stack some Sackcrete or play sand on the boards to ballast the lathe
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yup!

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Make sure you get a good heavy one, if you get something too 'economical" you might not enjoy it as much, then you wouldn't get to spend money on all the high end chisels,scrapers and gouges

But a lot of entry level people start with something like Harbor Freight and work up from there

If you do get one and it shakes making deep cuts or catches, put some 2x boards across the bottom on the legs and stack some Sackcrete or play sand on the boards to ballast the lathe
Don't let the tail wag your dog. Get one where the headstock will spin 180 degrees so you can turn larger bowls off the end. Have a lift on the end so you can move heavy trucks and glue ups without breaking your back. Take classes..... :smile3:
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Don't let the tail wag your dog. Get one where the headstock will spin 180 degrees so you can turn larger bowls off the end. Have a lift on the end so you can move heavy trucks and glue ups without breaking your back. Take classes..... :smile3:
But then I would have to b rag about a Grizzly
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Iím not going to suggest any particular machine but I will tell about my recent purchase of my first lathe. I posted questions on this and other boards. I read a ton of articles on lathes and wood turning. I watched a bunch of videos. I made a list of some of the things I wanted to make with a lathe. I made a list of the capabilities the machine would need and a list of the equipment I would need to do my projects. I listed the requirements my shop could supply with the most limiting factor being power, no 220.

I purchased an entry level free standing lathe with the largest motor that ran on 110. It has a rotating head stock. I also spent several hundreds of dollars on additional equipment. I have been able to spend a few hours working with the machine, learning it, the chisels and some of the other extras I purchased. The lathe itself has a few negatives I didnít foresee but nothing bad enough to suggest a bad purchase. The different chisels are somewhat intimidating and difficult to learn. I am finding the learning curve steep but enjoyable. I need to up my sharpening game and equipment.
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