new lathe from PennStateInd - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 Old 01-24-2010, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
don't let the name fool u
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 62
View lumber jock's Photo Album My Photos
new lathe from PennStateInd

Looks like Penn State is coming out with a new lathe this spring. It's called the Turncrafter Commander. The specs are pretty awesome. What I like most is the digital readout. It's also comes with 1HP.
Click below to change the main image



Close Window

lumber jock is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 01-24-2010, 12:09 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Posts: 3,257
View john lucas's Photo Album My Photos
I went to their website and didn't see any information. Is the motor DC or AC. I've heard bad things about their DC modification they are selling. If it's an AC motor with Variable Frequency Drive like the new Delta has then it is probably a good deal. If it's the DC motor then it might be a good deal depending on price but will be considerably less power at the low speeds than the Delta.
john lucas is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 01-25-2010, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
don't let the name fool u
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 62
View lumber jock's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by john lucas View Post
I went to their website and didn't see any information. Is the motor DC or AC. I've heard bad things about their DC modification they are selling. If it's an AC motor with Variable Frequency Drive like the new Delta has then it is probably a good deal. If it's the DC motor then it might be a good deal depending on price but will be considerably less power at the low speeds than the Delta.

Introducing the new 12"
Turncrafter Commander VS
More Power! More Features!
More Capacity! More Fun!

The most advanced, powerful and easy to use lathe in it's classs. Powered by a 1 hp high performance induction motor (our largest) & an SBC microprocessor developed for automotive applications delivering precision control and lasting reliability.

Includes a heavy dute live tailstock center and two toolrests (6" and 12"), spare drive center and safety goggles. Optional extension bed increases turning length to over 40".

Features include:
  • 1 hp variable speed motor provides superior power and performance
  • SBC microprocessor technology delivers pinpoint control and reliability
  • Vary speeds from 150 to 4000 RPM for shaping or finishing with the turn of a knob
  • Digital readout lets you work at precise speeds and is easy to read
  • 24 indexing positions with spindle locking
  • Convenient work light with 18" flex cable makes it easier to see even the most intricate work
  • Cast iron base is sturdy, stable and accepts optional extension bed for turning projects to over 40"
  • Included heavy duty, ball bearing tailstock center provides great grip with much less stress to avoid splitting
  • Tool storage rack keeps chisels and other tools close at hand
  • Designed for easy belt access and removal
  • Weight: 106 pounds
  • 4" Faceplate
lumber jock is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 7 Old 01-25-2010, 08:29 AM
Senior Member
 
toolman Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Cocoa Fl
Posts: 288
View toolman Steve's Photo Album My Photos
Very nice, do we know $$$$$$.

Steve M.
toolman Steve is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 01-25-2010, 09:51 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Posts: 3,257
View john lucas's Photo Album My Photos
Sounds pretty good but they still don't tell you what kind of motor it is. High Induction is like Sears telling you Peak Horsepower. It's a sales pitch that sounds good but doesn't really tell you anything. I'm not trying to put it down. It could be a very good lathe but I need more specs or someone who actually owns one to find out if it will compete with the others on the market.
john lucas is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 01-25-2010, 09:13 PM
Super Member
 
Dvoigt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Fraser, MI
Posts: 781
View Dvoigt's Photo Album My Photos
I was checking thoughs out, I love the bigger motor and swing. The Variable speed is very nice too, digital read out is nice extra but at around $400 (without the extention bed), that is a bit too pricey for me.

See what we offer at HandmadeWoodGifts and become a fan of our Facebook page
Dvoigt is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 02-11-2010, 03:00 PM
Guest
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 3
View BuellRider's Photo Album My Photos
I called Pen State, they told me that its a DC motor, and all the lathes they sell are DC motors as well. They will be available in 30 days, and have a 100% money back guarantee if you send it back within 30 days. I have never read anywhere on the older type lathes that they were having any problems with them. If the thing does not break while doing what I get it for, then I'll be happy.
BuellRider is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
new lathe stand for my old lathe hughie Woodturning 3 05-03-2009 08:55 PM
old lathe frankp Woodturning 4 08-30-2008 12:49 PM
New Lathe jdixon Woodturning 1 07-26-2008 09:12 PM
Help with new lathe Umpqua Woodturning 1 02-15-2008 12:56 PM
New Lathe Burlkraft Woodturning 10 08-05-2007 03:07 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome