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Shop Fox lathes ?????

Does anyone here have any experience on Shop Fox lathes. Their prices seem too good.

http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Fox-W1758-43-Inch-Variable/dp/B0019CGYLM
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I have looked at one that was set up at my local Tool Depot. The fit and finish were crude to say the least. It was poorly ground and finish cast iron and the lock downs, knobs, etc felt cheap and easily broken. The headstock and tailstock did not slide easily. I didn't turn it on, so I can't speak to vibration, power, run up, run down, etc. It is a good price, but I don't know if it's a good lathe. Didn't look real nice though.
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Does anyone here have any experience on Shop Fox lathes. Their prices seem too good.

Amazon.com: Shop Fox W1758 16 x 43-Inch Variable Speed Wood Lathe: Home Improvement
I don't have the shop fox but i do have the grizzly(same machine different color). It got me started in this crazy vortex. It's all right for a starter, but with the reeves drive it only goes down to like 600. To fast for big out of round pieces. there are ways to work around this, by getting your blanks as round as you can first. Since i upgraded to the new go698 18x47 with theVariable speed, it just sits in the corner and i use it as a buffing machine.
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Thanks for the response guys, I appreciate it. I was considering buying one. I was also checking the HF one. I might have to check the Grizzlies as well. Dealing with sellers on C-list is becoming to be such a head ache.
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Lumber if you were or are any where near McNairy co TN, you are more than welcome to come by and check this out in person.
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I think shop fox and grizzly are like sister companies. I have friends that have shop fox and love them.We have a SF bandsaw at work and it looks and works great. I would not have a problem buying SF products myself. Just my 2 cents worth.
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