Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Springfield, MO
Why not Grizzly G0694
Why would someone buy a Laguna 20-42 for $3195 when you could get the same exact lathe from Grizzly (G0694) for $2750? I've heard bad things about the Grizzly like not being able to tap out the spur from the headstock or to insert a vacume cup. I got a rod with mine, seems like it should go through. I don't necessarily like the idea of the set screws to hold the face plate on, but I may not use the face plate that much. I think the reason the set screws are there is because the machine has the ability to go forward and backward. The outboard threads are the same as inboard
1 1/4" X 8tpi. This means you don't need a left hand thread adapter for your Barracuda4 chuck. Anyhow that is what I bought.
The outboard tool rest is limited if you turn GIANT things. If you are going to turn Giant, no powermatic 3520 is going to be able to go Giant anyhow. So even with a DVR-XP if you turn the headstock 90 degrees you are still going to need an additional toolrest. Last time I checked the powermatic was $395 for theirs. I reckon I am partial to my Grizzly even though I haven't turned a single item on it yet. It probably has to do with the fact that I live in in Springfield, MO and if parts are needed that are just minutes away. You can get an Xp for $1912 plus $170 for the bed extension, $340 for the cast iron legs, plus $230 for the outboard toolrest. hmmm that equals $2662. List price on the Grizz is less that $100 dollars more.
I look forward to reviewing the capability and confirming or denying any claims against My Grizz.