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post #1 of 8 Old 11-23-2011, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Want to Purchase Lathe

I am looking to purchase a lathe to begin my second hobby! I would love to hear comments and recommendations for products. I will not be spending countless hours doing this but do not want a tool I will be working on every other time I use it. Thanks in advance for all your thoughts and help.

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-23-2011, 10:11 AM
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You think you won't be spending countless hours now, but once you get the lathe, all bets are off. ;-). Type, size of lathe depends upon what you want to turn. Just remember two things: first, the cost if the lathe is just the beginning. Then there's a grinder, gouges, chucks, etc. Second you can turn small things on a big lathe, but you can't turn big things on a small lathe. Sooner or later you're going to want to turn bigger things ;-)

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Dunno what your budget is, but I'd say check Craigslist. I recently bought a Delta midi for $200, and it's in great shape.

A deal like that is good to get you started, if you can find one!
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This is a good site/article to help guide you through the lathe decision process.
He also has a tab for Lathe Specification which may provide some guidance as to price and capacity.
A general idea of what you want to turn and your budget may get you more pointed recommendations.
Jmho but as a “general rule” of good but not the best… starter tool set $100, bowl gouge $60, grinder & jig $175, Chuck? $125. Of course plus the lathe.

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Originally Posted by amccaul View Post
I will not be spending countless hours doing this

What are you interested in turning? What's your budget?

I have a Delta 46-460 and am very happy with it.

You have to watch out, you get one of these things and before you know it your house will slowly start to fill with all kinds of round wooden things.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-23-2011, 02:48 PM
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yea what he said ^^^^^^^
i have the 46-460 too
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have a look athis

heres another link about choosing your lathe


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I have an old powermatic 45. Does what I want except larger bowls. It has 12" swing and well built. I wish it had variable speed. (Guess my dream machine would be one of the newer powermatic models.) On bowls of 9 - 12 inches, my 45 stalls under heavy cuts.

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