I have carved for serveral years now and decided I would like to turn small bowls. I have never used a lathe, and just want something to get started with. I found one at Harbor Freight by Central Machine for $151.99 after discounts. Here is the info. on it.
- Turn material up to 10" diameter and 18" long
- Five speeds: 750, 1100, 1600, 2200 and 3200 RPM
- Extremely sturdy cast iron construction to reduce vibration
- 1/2 HP, 110 volt motor
- Pull-out switch allows lock out to help prevent unwanted use
- Includes 3" faceplate and 7" tool rest
- Nonslip rubber feet
- 8" x 30" footprint
- Includes three hex wrenches, live center and spur center
Quill taper: MT-2
Would this be good for a beginner who doesn't want to spend a lot at first.
Also, they sell a chuck, is this something I would need to turn bowls. Thanks,
Had a friend come over the shop the other day,asking the same thing. The big difference he had already bought the HARBOR FREIGHT lathe and chuck. I have 2 lathe jet 10x15 and 12x20. love those machine. The first thing I went through with Trent was the safety aspect of the lathe. Told him about the professional wood turning lady that died when a piece of wood left the lathe unexpectedly hit her in the head. That got his attention.
Then he tried to explain the frustration of getting the head stock and tail stock to align it self, the wood was turning off center. Thomas this is what I told him, that unit is an accident waiting to happen. Frustration = accident.
Money is always an issue, BUTT, a trip to emergency. The money spent on the hospital bill, you could of gotten a damn nice lathe.
So as I told Trent, watch Craigs list. look in the newspaper, go to Amazon, as mention, take a class, join a club, someone is going to help you. Someone knows somebody. Go to (Web site) Penn state, Woodcraft, Packard, Craft tools, Rockler, Grizzly, watch for sales, do price comparison. You waited this long. Better to be informed, then you going (ah man that hurt). Ron Marietta Ga.