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post #1 of 4 Old 12-10-2008, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Would I be able to make pens on this lathe?

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-10-2008, 06:02 PM
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Yes,there are folks who turn pens on the monster lathes.Juat as long as you have the right chucks.
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you could.
check that it doesn't have any run-out,and that the tailstock center lines up perfectly to the drive center.
i personally dont like the pipe-style lathe beds,seems like the tailstock and banjo/tool rest could have more play/slop
that way...do they twist out of center?or is there a groove in the back of the pipe or something?

there are brand new mini lathes that start around $100,like grizzly,variable speed too.


craftsman is kind of eh,..

edit:. i LOVE my jet mini,as do alot of people.its got a great rep..
i didnt suggest it as its 3x the price of this...worth every cent.

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The biggest problem with those lathes is the tailstock not lining up. I would save my money and get a jet mini or Rikon. You will get so much better quality from those it won't even compare to the Craftsman.
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