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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 02-14-2015 10:46 PM 3186 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a question: Does anyone have one of these lathes and can you tell me any of its pros/cons? The link to the website which sells this lathe is found here

The same lathe using the same exact photo is also offered on Amazon and eBay for about the same price. Whenever I see something so obscure that the maker seems hidden, I gotta ask, has anyone ever heard of it or known about it. Seems odd that it’s always the same photo.

Thanks for the read and for any comments.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 02-15-2015 12:33 AM

Hi Dave,
Today might be your lucky day, I have what appears to be the same lathe. Mine came from Harbor Freight, item number 67690, and you can see it here.
When I bought mine, I didn’t have a desire to make anything on the lathe, but with a coupon that got me the lathe for $90.00, it seemed the thing to do. Since, I’ve made door & drawers knobs on it, and have plans for desk legs in the future.
As for your questions:
Pros – it works, it turns wood, as good as any pole lathe or other foot powered lathe that the “masters” used 200 years ago. I did make a bread dish for the wife when experimenting when I first bought it. Was pleased sufficiently that I bought the HF accessories: 4 jaw chuck, turning tools, and face plate.
CONS:
The bed is flimsy, when used for center turning application while setting on my bench, tightening the tail stock caused the bed to bow. I fixed this by making a base from 2 X 4s and 3/4” plywood. I bolted the bed along it’s length every 8” or so. This fixed the problem.
The drive center for spindle turning didn’t work so well, not sharp enough to dig into the end grain sufficiently to grab well. I fixed that by sharpening with a file. I also have made another from a magazine article, Shop Notes I believe, using a 3/4” coupling. It seems to be better then the original. If you need the article, I think I still have an electronic copy somewhere – will need to look for it.
Setting the tail stock isn’t as easy as you see in the Youtube videos, just slide it up to the stock. This one has some side to side wiggle, but you can eyeball when it’s centered, works for me.

I can’t say anything about the attached sanding accessory, never used it.

If you need any additional information, just let me know. I can send pictures of the stand I made, has splayed legs for stability, no vibration when using the lathe.

All in all, I’m very happy with this lathe, does what a lathe is supposed to do.

Tom

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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KDO

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#2 posted 02-15-2015 02:06 AM

Check out the Harbor Freight reviews.
It looks just like the really cheap Harbor Freight lathe.
It turns, but it does not take standard turning chucks, live cups, and accessories, etc.
If your needs are very limited it might be ok, but if you can’t grow with it, in my opinion it is not a good buy.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 02:12 AM

Oldtool, Comparing the two photos it looks like you have a longer lathe, but very similar design. I like the disk sander attachment idea, but it wouldn’t be a deal breaker. I’ve pretty much already eliminated the idea of getting the cheapest lathe available. It’s still in my future, but I’m considering this one from HF

It’s cast iron at least and small, but I understand other manufacturers extensions will fit on it. Not sure about chucks and such yet. I’ve got at least a year to decide.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 02-15-2015 02:15 AM



Check out the Harbor Freight reviews.
It looks just like the really cheap Harbor Freight lathe.
It turns, but it does not take standard turning chucks, live cups, and accessories, etc.
If your needs are very limited it might be ok, but if you can t grow with it, in my opinion it is not a good buy.

- KDO

I agree with all you’ve said. I’ve got a cheap lathe to play with now with my drill powered lash-up. I can save up and wait for something better.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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tomd

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#5 posted 02-15-2015 03:43 AM

For a few bucks more go with the HF 34706, a pretty good lathe.

-- Tom D

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emart

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#6 posted 02-15-2015 05:26 AM

I would buy an older lathe off craigslist you can pick up some decent name brand starter lathes for about $100 t0 $150 the only downside is they do not have variable speed motors but that isn’t a big loss

another option is a rikon lathe like the one I own. you can turn a bowl up to 12” wide

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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Charlie75

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#7 posted 02-15-2015 03:31 PM

Dave I recently saw a video done by Scott Phillips for his TV program on PBS. It looks a whole lot like the same lathe. He stated that for the money it’s not a bad lathe. I can’t imagine Scott using anything sold by HF which leads me to wonder if these are two different lathes.
Scott shows a variety of different chucks and assecessories.
Just my 2 cents.
Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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EEngineer

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#8 posted 02-15-2015 06:05 PM

I have a lathe that is real similar to this. (see it here ) I got it free. My boss at the time had bought this lathe to start woodturning and upgraded to a much better lathe after he decided it was something he wanted to pursue. That being said, he did show me a couple of nice wooden bowls that he turned on this lathe. I would have to say that, if I hadn’t gotten this one free, I probably would not have a lathe at all.

I have only used it for a few chisel handles and replacement spindles for a chair I repaired. It is better than no lathe at all and certainly better than the “turn your drill into a lathe” products that I tried in the past. I haven’t noticed the bed bowing problems that Oldtool mentioned above, but realize my lathe was built in 1991 – they may have cheapened up since then.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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waho6o9

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#9 posted 02-15-2015 09:06 PM

Harbor Freight springs to mind. I used one for a few years until I got my Delta.

Not too bad of a machine, kinda of dangerous though, it threw a couple of
items right of as I was turning them.

A weird noise happens and you know something’s going to happen quickly, so wear
a face shield and duck.

http://www.harborfreight.com/14-inch-x-41-inch-wood-lathe-38515.html

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