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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 1087 days ago 1664 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just purchased the large wood turning lathe shown in advertisement on LJ’s . I’m guessing there are a few LumberJocks who have shallow pockets like mine? Bought it so I might turn posts, legs and such for chairs and tables. Welcome your input and direction on how to make this a GOOD experience.

Many positive comments on this productn the Harbor Frieght site, some issues of stress, lubrication and it’s made in China? but I can’t afford the JET or another brwand. Grizzly’s lathes were criticized on Amazon and for the money decided to go this way.

Looking forward to chatting about successes. And correction of failures?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher



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MikeGo

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#1 posted 1087 days ago

I see in the add they are on sale for $199.99, 12”/33-3/8 . Its a copy of the jet and the Grizzly. The only problem I herd of it`s slowes`t speed was 570rpm.

-- Mike, Marietta,ny

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 1087 days ago

Mike,

600 to 240 rpm. Recomendation I have so far is different drive belt, Handles from woodcraft( don’t know until it gets here. Shipping almost as much as cost of lathe. LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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MikeGo

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#3 posted 1087 days ago

I have a used Delta/ rockwell from the 70`s I use for now. I looked at that one and some reviews said that 600rpm was to fast for them and what they turn. Mine has a faster slow speed and I have no problems. ( for the money I would buy one). My next one will be the Grizzly G0698.

-- Mike, Marietta,ny

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David Kirtley

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#4 posted 1087 days ago

If it is this one:

then it is the same as the one I have.

I actually like it. No it’s not perfect. The variable speed is kinda cheesy but it works. The stand keeps it off the ground is the best thing I can say about the stand.

Not being able to slow it down a lot means you have to prep and center carefully.

I like the rotating head. It is in the category of “good enough” but has been dependable and worked well.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 1087 days ago

Yep thanks for posting it. Had it for very long? Number of complaints about tool rest. You?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Robert Brown

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#6 posted 1087 days ago

I bought the HF 34706, same as the one shown by David Kirtley, in 2005.

I built a shelf and put it on the crossbars of the legs. Initially kept my lathe tools on it but quickly found it served better when I put 4 or 5 bags of cement on it. Also had to shim the headstock to get that spindle in line with the tailstock spindle.

I’m okay with it and have no plans to replace it.

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Dave T

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#7 posted 1087 days ago

Other than the tool rest not wanting to tighten down the way it should I have no complaints about mine. I’m not a heavy turner, just starting out. But it’s done what I’ve asked of it so far.

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David Kirtley

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#8 posted 1086 days ago

I have never noticed anything about the tool rest but maybe I just don’t have real high expectations :)

I have had mine for maybe 6 years. I can’t say that it has had heavy use because I have not been doing many projects that require turnings. A few handles now and then and a couple rolling pins.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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DocSavage45

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#9 posted 1085 days ago

Thanks are there any good wood turning threads on LJ’s? HB has a set of gouges for what appears to be the least expensive middle pricing. High Speed Steel. Anyone have these?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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JJohnston

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#10 posted 1085 days ago

I’ve found that the tool rest is soft, and gets nicked easily, which causes the chisels to hang up as you move across. I’ve had to file it a couple of times. Other than that, for a turner wannabe like me, it’s fine.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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David Kirtley

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#11 posted 1085 days ago

I just got a set of HSS mini-turning tools from Penn State Ind. The look fine but have not tested yet. Also picked up a collet holder for the spindle from them. (Stuff came in the mail yesterday and have not had time to play yet.)

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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JoshJock

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#12 posted 1082 days ago

I just got mine and I put it together last night. I would definetly recomend doing that with help.. lol I did it by my self and sucker is heavy but luckly I happened to watch a NOVA show that shows how the piramids were build… (at least how they think it happened) and they show how they lift those heavy stones little by little adding planks under each side of the rock unitl it reached the desire hight ….. then I just transfered the lathe to the legs… anyho!!! I just wanted to brag about how smart I felt lol.. I also read many reviews on this lathe and they all seem to be concern with the shaft lubrication and the weak tool rest “arm” which they said is very weak. besides that I am very exciited to use this lathe today. I wll add my first impressions tomorrow!!

-- "Does this lathe makes my butt look big?"

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DocSavage45

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#13 posted 1082 days ago

Thanks for your building info. Mine is coming on friday. I have no physical help available except for the truck driver. I’m a whose!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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JoshJock

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#14 posted 1080 days ago

on the HF HSS tool set.. I like them! I’ve used them for like a year when I got my first MIDI lathe. I got them on sale for $49 and I had a 20% off coupon! They are great (in my noob opinion) but you will still need to buy a bowl gouge if you are going to turn bowls. But this set has everything you need. :-) BTW if you don’t have a table grinder yet… my opinion is.. don’t get HF one.. I tried both 6” and 8” and well… they didn’t work for me. I purchase two grinding wheels from Rockler (white 80 and 100 grid) i installed them on the grinder and the think was vibrating like crazy!! I took the same grinding wheels and put them on my brother’s grinder (craftsman) and I could do the nickle test on that sucker!! just my .02 c .. :-)

-- "Does this lathe makes my butt look big?"

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DocSavage45

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#15 posted 1079 days ago

Josh…Thanks for the info on the HF Lathe tools.Have you used other HSS chisels and gouges? If you have, how do these compare?

Per suggestions made by other users, I got my lathe yesterday, the driver helped bring it into the shop. The assembly bolts for the base are just big enough for flat washers. Had problems finding a thread when attempting to put it together w/lock washers. Per a suggestion re: vibration.

Paint is better than on some of my other HF equipment, like 46 inch belt sander disc sander. I was disappointed with the milling on the bed, and that the motor housing had a fine coat of rust? Cleaned it up.

Got to earn some money today so I will get back to finishing the assembly tommorrow.

Oh yeah….to get it mounted? Took the tool rest and the Centering post (?) off and used a 2×4 scafolding and trusty come-a-long. Thanks for the pyramid analogy. LOL

All in all, so far, I’m a happy camper. There is a 4 jaw chuck on HF…Seems to be a reasonable price, if it fits the threads on my lathe. Any comments?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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