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I'm looking for a small lathe that works well and doesn't hurt the wallet. My girlfriend wants to make plug style earrings, pens and some other random small things. My cousin offered to give me one of those cheap lathes with the drill attached to it but it has no speed control and is just cheap all around. I'm thinking about the lathe in the picture from grizzly $135 isn't too bad. Is there a better one in this price range?

http://www.grizzly.com/products/G9247

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Jodie
 

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Hi Jodie my brother last year bought me my first lathe for Christmas. It was a Grizzly 8690 model great for pens. Then last summer I bought a Rikon great choice. Got it from wood crafter. I do my heavier work on this one even bought the extension bed for it can turn up to 40" now. The one on the shelf is the Grizzly.
 

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Hi Jodie,,, You might want to check out the little lathe on www.homier.com its a small metal lathe but you can also use it for wood working,,,, nice thing about it,,,, you have both the metal and wood working world to play in,,, its a very heavy little lathe so vibration is not a problem,,, and its variable speed makes it usefull for a lot of materials,,, there are forums on the web that talk specifically on lathes this size,,and they post projects they have made on tools this small,, amazing stuff,,,
One nice thing about this thing is it has automatic feed so you can round out your wood with out holding the lathe tool in your hands,,, once ya get it round,, then ya can do your hand work,,,,

I use a larger lathe at work and do some wood turning on it from time to time,,, having that auto feed is nice thing to have,
 
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