I purchased a HF T34706 lathe over the weekend and assembled it. Haven’t used it yet, because waiting on tools and accessories to arrive. So I can’t provide a review. But I can provide feedback on purchase and assembly process.
This is my first lathe. I researched several new lathes over a period of a couple of months. Also, tried to find a lathe on craigslist. In my area, not much on CL. Most were either junk or overpriced. There were a few older lathes that seemed ok. But for the price did not think they would be worth it.
I was close to buying a grizzly model, but decided on the HF lathe instead. With a coupon it cost $248.00.
Less than half of what I would spend on the grizzly G0462. And less than one third of a similar Jet model.
Lowering the lathe cost enabled me to purchase additional accessories that I can use on this lathe and future lathes I may have.
The HF lathe has mostly positive reviews. I think the biggest problem is that some purchasers want to pay
the low price, but get a premium lathe.
Bought the lathe and a stand. Did not need a separate stand. The stand was included in the lathe box.
The fit and finish are better than expected. The only thing I noticed was minor. Some green paint on the top of the bed.
The lathe assembly process is really simple with just a few screws to attach bed to stand and motor to lathe bed.
To assemble the stand took me around 30 minutes.
I fired up the lathe and motor sounds good. Will post additional blogs and reviews as I use the lathe.