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Have been doing some research on stationary power tools I'll need for turning. So far, I am thinking Delta 46-460 lathe, Ryobi DP121L bench drill press, Rikon 300 band saw. Anyone got anything they would recommend over and above these? Anything I need to be concerned about with these choices, or can I buy with confidence?
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Something to sharpen your tools on .
A dual wheel bench grinder , with top quality stones ,
or if you prefer , a belt sander style unit .
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i would go with a better drill press. ryobi is bargin basement tools, ive never had any luck with them.
give these a look. http://www.grizzly.com/products/cate...spx?key=380000
even craftsman would be a better choice.
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Have been doing some research on stationary power tools I'll need for turning. So far, I am thinking Delta 46-460 lathe, Ryobi DP121L bench drill press, Rikon 300 band saw. Anyone got anything they would recommend over and above these? Anything I need to be concerned about with these choices, or can I buy with confidence?
Thanks.

Here's a good deal on a lathe. Another feature is it goes down to 150 RPMs for roughing out larger stock, variable speed, and 106 lbs.. Bought this for my wife and she's a beginner. She's learning little by little...


http://www.pennstateind.com/store/TCLC12VS.html

Harrison, at your service!
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I have not used that exact Delta but I have never heard a bad word about it. And there have been LOTS of reviews on forums about it.
As to the drill press, is it just for pen blanks or similar? I haven’t done pens but I do need to drill fairly often and I just use a Jacobs chuck in the tailstock (about $30).
This guy has a review and some of the “cons” doesn’t sound too good to me.
http://www.joeswoodstuff.com/reviews.htm

Are you going to use the band saw for rounding bowl blanks? I see it is a 10” band saw, 10” is the width of the item, not the depth. Total depth of cut is only 3-3/8”; a 14” band saw will normally cut up to 6” thick. Rikon is good quality but this is a small band saw with only 1/3 hp motor.
For rounding logs (cutting off the worst corners) I use an electric chainsaw. Mine is a cheap Polulan ($60 on sale) but it has worked fine for a couple of years. A decent quality electric would probably run about $150. No, the blanks are not completely round but that doesn’t take long on the lathe.

I have a Nova 1624 lathe and it is super. If they are available for sale, Nova just reintroduced it Comet lathe. $500. There are no reviews on it yet as it is brand new but I like their idea of using the outboard as a hand wheel or p.t.o. It has about eight optional accessories for the outboard side.
http://woodworkersjournal.com/awfs/index.php/novas-mini-comet-lathe-accepts-grinding-sanding-attachments/#.Tiilo_VRdXA.facebook
http://www.teknatool.com/products/catalogue/10182_Nova%20Catalog%20USA_2011_web.pdf

Just my opinion of course.

You will probaby want a chuck fairly soon. Plan on about $125 for a smaller but good quality.

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I set up my shop last year and went with the 46-460. I don't have anything to compare it with but it does what I need it to do. It has enough power to turn anything that will fit on it as long as you dont cut too aggressively on the larger blanks. I got a 14" jet bandsaw with a 12" riser block which comes in handy a lot for me. I have made do with a jacobs chuck so far but a 12" drill press it on my list (but I honestly haven't needed it much). I tried to get by with sharpening freehand on a belt sander. Turns out I'm not nearly that talented. An 8" grinder with good wheels and a Wolverine jig is a pretty safe bet.
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i just purchased the sharp tool sharpening system for 199$ at woodcraft and that thing is awesome. I can do my lathe tools down to my chisels and my hand plane blades. Its fast and my tools have never been sharper! having a good sharpening system is key to turning wood, especially when you start working with figured wood and burls!!
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I've turned on at least 4 of the Delta's. Great lathes and I just ordered one for my self. The Penn State lathe on the other hand has problems. One of our club members put 2 motors and 2 drives on it and it still doesn't work right. He said he talked to several other people who also had various problems. I haven't heard that about the Delta.
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Thumbs up Thanks! Lots to consider!

As to the drill press, is it just for pen blanks or similar?
Primarily pen blanks, yes. Picked this one for the length of travel, and apparent quality from forum discussions. But I'd like to have one for general use on other stuff as well.

I haven’t done pens but I do need to drill fairly often and I just use a Jacobs chuck in the tailstock (about $30).


This sounds like a good investment too, even if I do decide to get a drill press. For $30, how could I go wrong in having the extra option?

This guy has a review and some of the “cons” doesn’t sound too good to me.
http://www.joeswoodstuff.com/reviews.htm

Are you going to use the band saw for rounding bowl blanks? I see it is a 10” band saw, 10” is the width of the item, not the depth. Total depth of cut is only 3-3/8”; a 14” band saw will normally cut up to 6” thick. Rikon is good quality but this is a small band saw with only 1/3 hp motor.

I hadn't really thought much about doing bowls... I guess I got a little bit of tunnel vision thinking about spindle work. Will giv ethis some more thought. Thanks.

For rounding logs (cutting off the worst corners) I use an electric chainsaw. Mine is a cheap Polulan ($60 on sale) but it has worked fine for a couple of years. A decent quality electric would probably run about $150. No, the blanks are not completely round but that doesn’t take long on the lathe.

I have a Nova 1624 lathe and it is super. If they are available for sale, Nova just reintroduced it Comet lathe. $500. There are no reviews on it yet as it is brand new but I like their idea of using the outboard as a hand wheel or p.t.o. It has about eight optional accessories for the outboard side.
http://woodworkersjournal.com/awfs/index.php/novas-mini-comet-lathe-accepts-grinding-sanding-attachments/#.Tiilo_VRdXA.facebook
http://www.teknatool.com/products/catalogue/10182_Nova%20Catalog%20USA_2011_web.pdf

Just my opinion of course.

You will probaby want a chuck fairly soon. Plan on about $125 for a smaller but good quality.[/QUOTE]

I am seeing more and more discussion and info about chucks, so I think you're right. I am adding that to the WISH LIST.

Thanks for some great info!
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i just purchased the sharp tool sharpening system for 199$ at woodcraft and that thing is awesome. I can do my lathe tools down to my chisels and my hand plane blades. Its fast and my tools have never been sharper! having a good sharpening system is key to turning wood, especially when you start working with figured wood and burls!!

Oh cool!!! I like this idea! Thanks!!
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