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I am looking to get a new lathe and was looking at the Turncrafter ones from pennstate and was wondering if anyone has used them and what they think. And also how do you tell if other chucks will fit them?
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-11-2011, 09:48 PM
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Never turned on one, but the Turncrafter has a 1"-8 spindle so any chuck with a 1"-8 thread will fit.
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A friend of mine has a Turncrafter and loves it. He uses it for pens and mini birdhouses. He has a Nova for his bigger projects but he uses the Turncrafter 80% of the time.
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I have one. Decent little lathe. Great for pens, bottle stoppers, and other small things. It will get the job done for small bowls and peppermills and stuff, but I think it is a little under powered for that.

I would suggest getting the variable speed option as well.

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I am looking to get a new lathe and was looking at the Turncrafter ones from pennstate and was wondering if anyone has used them and what they think. And also how do you tell if other chucks will fit them?


Here's the one I bought for the Wifey last year, but I use it more. 106 pounds of dynamite, it's one powerful little machine. Quiet, smooth running, goes down to low RPMs, for roughing out big bowls. Excellent quality.:


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


Read the reviews. Yes, it's a 1"-8 TPI spindle.

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Here's the one I bought for the Wifey last year, but I use it more. 106 pounds of dynamite, it's one powerful little machine. Quiet, smooth running, goes down to low RPMs, for roughing out big bowls. Excellent quality.:


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


Read the reviews. Yes, it's a 1"-8 TPI spindle.

If I was in the market for another small lathe, that is the one i would get, no second guessing that. But i want my next lathe to have a minimum swing of 16"

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I just bought a turncrafter pro on craiglist for 150. With ext. Bed and 6 tools. I turned a couple of pieces of 2x2 pine just to see how it worked and it ran smooth. Now I'm waiting for my pen kit to come. So I can turn my first pen.
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I've been using the Turncrafter Pro w/extension bed since Oct. 2007 and its a great machine for turning pens and small projects. I purchased the Pen blank chuck at PSI and use it for drilling on the lathe and it gets a perfect center every time. Both the Lathe and the chuck is well worth the money spent.
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Wow
This lathe looks promising for my upgrade.
I've been looking at CL and roaming the net but have yet to zero in on one I liked.

Any other users out there?

Learning more about tools everyday
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