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Grizzly lathe on CL

I've been in the market for a lathe upgrade from my 12" Toolcraft/Delta Rockwell

What do you thing about this?

http://maine.craigslist.org/tls/2810182494.html

I'd like to give him a call with some questions.
Chuck?
Tools?
Any issues with this lathe that you guys know about ?

Thanks
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-25-2012, 08:37 AM
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I think that's the G1495 heavy duty with the stand. There should be some reviews on Amazon for that. If you plan on using it to full capacity, ask about the speeds - IIRC the low end isn't as low as some big bowl turners prefer.
Grizzly are imports, like most other makers today, but they usually watch their quality control and parts for most items are available with a phone call.

If it is the heavy duty lathe, then it was about a grand new, not counting whatever add-ons he's including.

PS: Ask about spindle size. I don't know their wood lathes that well, but their metal lathe has an odd spindle thread size so it's harder to find chucks to fit.

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Thanks for the reply, Joe.

Spindle size
RPM of low speed

Good start

How about tools and gadgets and all the other stuff?
Does that have a lot of value?
Does the year it was made matter?

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Quick review from Amazon

Recessed spindle?????
Does his require an adapter to use my Nova chuck?

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How about tools and gadgets and all the other stuff?
Does that have a lot of value?
Does the year it was made matter?
Well if the actual price for the lathe was 1K, and he's saying he's got 2K into it, those should be some killers tools, a pile of chucks and faceplates, live centers, dead centers, spur centers etc. Hard to say without knowing what he's got and all I can see in the pic is what looks like a rack of tools in the back, and two white buckets up front. You can go to fleabay and do a search on completed auctions for the basic stuff, see what it goes for and get and see the difference between cheap/expensive brands. Are those all Sorby or other expensive turning tools at 80+ bucks each, or are they all harbor freight, 10 bucks for the entire set? Unless he's upgrading to another lathe, he won't have a need for all the little add-on stuff so you may be able to talk him down on it.
Grizzly QC gets better every year, so it it's older it doesn't mean its no good, just that the newer ones have less chance of being a lemon. If you go in person, shove a drive center and a dead center in the stocks, move the tailstock up to the headstock and make sure that everything lines up.

That lathe might have had a hood too at one time, if so ask if he's still got it.

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I heard back from the lathe guy and he's selling just the lathe......
The spindle is a 1" x 12 and it's recessed into the head stock.
There's no hood.
no tools...maybe a faceplate and the chuck.
He's got a bunch of people looking at it.

oh well.....

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You can do better anyway.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I heard back from the lathe guy and he's selling just the lathe......
Then why did he say he had 2K invested in it, if his price only included the lathe? There's another good use for those short cutoff pieces of wood - mini bats for smackin' some sense into idiots.

Well like Sir Sawdust said, there are better ones out there. Pull up the craigsy and expand your search zone.

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It's extremely hard to find accessories for 1"x12 spindles. Grizzly is the only one who has that size. I have never liked that particular lathe. The gap bed is frustrating, the slow speed is too fast and the spindle size is too odd.
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I've been in the market for a lathe upgrade from my 12" Toolcraft/Delta Rockwell

What do you thing about this?

http://maine.craigslist.org/tls/2810182494.html

I'd like to give him a call with some questions.
Chuck?
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Any issues with this lathe that you guys know about ?

Thanks
Tom

I have a smaller grizzly. My first lathe and I am VERY happy with it!!
seems pretty smooth, speed adjustments are easy and it has plenty of power for what I need for now..... hope that helps........Bill
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