Old as dirt
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Middle Tennessee
Need recommendations new lathe
I had this posted in tools, think it should have been here.
I’m considering adding a lathe to my shop early next year.
I think I would like to start out turning pens, small work like wine stoppers, shave brush, etc. to be sold in my jewelry store. Also, I’d like to try bowl turning and finally, at some point I’d like to be able to turn spindles table legs, and maybe bed posts.
I saw in a review in Fine Woodworking that the 12" VS Delta midi is highly rated, but it's $750 with extension bed and I was hoping to keep my investment under $500. The same article rated the Penn State Industries 12” x 16” VS Commander with extension as a best buy at around $480, including the extension. It has a 1hp motor and variable speed down to 150RPM. I would like to know if any of you have opinions or experiences with Penn State Industries Commander lathes.
I personally like my other Rikon equipment so I might consider their lathe also, but they only offer a 1/2hp and a minimum speed of 500 RPM and I suspect I would need more power and lower speeds to turn bowls. Comments on this are requested.
I know used is a good option, but I have'nt seen any good offerings on CL in my area (Tennessee) during the last couple of months; just toy machines, Craftsman lathes with the tubular bed, and the cheap angle iron bed Harbor Freight machines that folks are trying to dump. Occasionally a big heavy machine like a $3000 PowerMatic will show up, but that's out of my league.
- Anybody have comments or suggestions.
Last edited by The Engineer; 10-31-2010 at 03:45 PM.