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post #1 of 4 Old 09-24-2008, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Lathe reccomendation

Hi Ya'll,
About 20 years ago with a home made lathe, I made glued up bowls, chess sets and briar pipes. I haven't done any turning since the grand kids, but would like to start again and need a reccomendation as to what to look for when I go lathe shopping. Also where are a couple of good places to start my search.
Thanks any suggestions.
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-24-2008, 09:52 PM
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Hi Forrest,1st how much money do you want to spend .I have three lathes,one is the Nova 1624 It has rev an a swivel head w/a 16" swing 1 1/2Hp 999.99 My 1st lathe was and I still have is a Ricon mini with a 12" swing 329.00 and The other one is just a little after market that I got for a good price,but good for little bitty stuff !00.00 with a grinder on Craigs list These 1st two are great lathes and I love em both,but If you want to get into the BIG stuff there are to many to mention PM One way,Robust to name a few,but then your looking at 2000.00 and up.Jet has many great models on the market and they are also great folks to deal with.You can go to woodcraft and just pull up lathes and get all the specs on Jet's the Ricon an the PM.
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Hmmm a lot depends on what you want to turn as well, ie pens, spindles or bowls.

I am from down under but you have a good variety of lathes from the el cheapos [$150 or so] all the way up to $5,000+. Google is your friend

Bearing mind these days the price of the lathe often works out to be the smallest cost in the long run.

I have three lathes, one is of the Grizzly type and the other two I have built myself, some what purpose built for what I like to turn. Which is bowls, vases and hollow vessels.

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Bearing mind these days the price of the lathe often works out to be the smallest cost in the long run. [quote]

You said a mouthful, Hughie!!

Forrest, it all depends on what you want to do. If you want to start small, I'd highly recommend the Steel City mini VS. Very versatile, and you can turn small bowls, up to about 4-3/4" or long pieces up to about 14". I have one and I LOVE it. If you're in the market for something larger, Steel City introduced a granite-bed lathe at the IWF in August. According to LOML, it's a real honey of a lathe---and of course, Steel City is becoming famous for building very good machines!!

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