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post #21 of 29 Old 01-19-2018, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All,

Just wanted to thank you all for your input and suggestions. I've been hemming and hawing for long enough so today I ordered the Laguna 1836.

After months of reading everything I could find, watching more youtube videos than a body has a right to and comparing options, etc., I decided this was the one for me. I have a feeling it's just the right size to suit my current and future needs and it's built like a Sherman tank.

Thanks again for all your input. It definitely helped.

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I have had my Grizzly now for two years and love it G0766. Had the Novas and General Internationals as well love the Griz.
I have one too, I love it, just got finished turning an 18 in segmented bowl, without it exploding LOL

I really need to get some longer tooling

One thing I think they should do is either make the hole in the banjo big enough to hold a 1 inch tool post or offer different tool rests, I have the machinery to build my own posts, but a lot of people don't. I had to build a 10 curved tool rest to finish the inside of the bowl
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I have one too, I love it, just got finished turning an 18 in segmented bowl, without it exploding LOL

I really need to get some longer tooling

One thing I think they should do is either make the hole in the banjo big enough to hold a 1 inch tool post or offer different tool rests, I have the machinery to build my own posts, but a lot of people don't. I had to build a 10 curved tool rest to finish the inside of the bowl

I bought a 1" drill bit and made mine bigger using a drill press.
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I just picked up an old Floor model variable speed Rockwell 46-525. It came out of a chair factory. It is a 12 inch swing, but up to 16 in the bed gap and it has outboard turning. Mostly got it because it has indexing and a speed as low as 340 rpm. My help to move it into the shop did not show up, so I moved it myself 6 days ago. My back stopped hurting yesterday. I just got it set up finally yesterday and am going to try it out this afternoon.
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I bought a 1" drill bit and made mine bigger using a drill press.

That would be too easy LOL I was going to do that but since I had to weld up the rest I just turned the post down to 15/16
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I just picked up an old Floor model variable speed Rockwell 46-525. It came out of a chair factory. It is a 12 inch swing, but up to 16 in the bed gap and it has outboard turning. Mostly got it because it has indexing and a speed as low as 340 rpm. My help to move it into the shop did not show up, so I moved it myself 6 days ago. My back stopped hurting yesterday. I just got it set up finally yesterday and am going to try it out this afternoon.
*laughing* I see you have the same kind of "help" I always get, Holtzdreher! I all ready plan on putting that behemoth Laguna together myself when it comes and cut out the hemming and hawing I always get when I ask for help. Funny how when they need help it's always life and death and I have one of those "can't say no" personalities. Oh well. If your back is healing and nothing's broken I guess mission accomplished. I'm sure you're going to enjoy many years with that Rockwell. Those things were built like Sherman tanks. Enjoy your session this afternoon.
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When I bought my girzz I knew I would not have help so I ordered the hydraulic lift table for the same shipment. Than when I sold my Nova I used the same table to load it on the buyers truck. The table helped me assemble the lathe. No help required. When you live remotely you learn to improvise.
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When I bought my girzz I knew I would not have help so I ordered the hydraulic lift table for the same shipment. Than when I sold my Nova I used the same table to load it on the buyers truck. The table helped me assemble the lathe. No help required. When you live remotely you learn to improvise.
I have thought about getting a couple of those to rig up a raising and lowering platform in my shop, it gets tough bending down low the older I get, figured I could keep projects higher so I don't have to bend as much
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I was looking a little closer last night and realized that the rafters are such in my shop that it would be easy to put a couple of heavy eyebolts in the ceiling and use a couple of the cable winches I have to make a lift. That would at least get the bed up on sawhorses so I can mount the legs. The legs are 80lbs each. I can only imagine what the bed with the power head and tailstock on it must weigh. I think that may be the answer. Hopefully the delivery driver will back right up to the garage door. I requested a lift gate so that should pretty much streamline things enough to save the discs in my 57 year old, massively abused back.
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