Semi-Impulse Lathe Purchase

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Blog entry by Chase posted 02-15-2010 02:14 AM 1724 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was at hamcation (an amateur radio vendor and swap meet) in orlando this weekend and to my surprise someone was selling this!

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I walked around a few times, haggled for a bit, and finally walked away with the thing for 130. what searching I could do on my phone at the time and afterwards seems to suggest that this was a good deal. in addition to the mini lathe there was a set of basic chisels and a set of crowntools from Sheffield England. So do I have dumb luck, or am I just plain dumb?

I didn’t have any burning desires for a lathe, but my girlfriend and mom are both into knitting and spinning so I could earn lots of brownie points with both of them by making spinning wheel parts, knitting needles and drop spindles. I see a lot of people do bowls and pens, but what else do people consider must try projects on a new lathe? before that, what do you start with as a beginner lather?


-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 02:22 AM

Chase, ya did good! 130 is close to stealing. The tools are probably 130. Now, the bad news. The lathe is always the cheapest part. Now you NEED chucks, faceshields, dust collection,sharpening equipment , and more tools. It never ends, but it sure is fun.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 02:29 AM


OK, I am officially gelous, I also went to the hamcation and did not see it most surely you had already snatched it haha
Although you always find an assortment of weird stuff. Me and my wife had a blast even with the chilli 44deg.

My purchase was a new Buddipole, just tested hope to use it next weekend at our club by-annual outing.

Any way congratulations on your find and happy lumberjocking not to mention happy DX

73, de W4BFL

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 02:33 AM


This was the first lathe I owned and it was outstanding for small projects and pens. It should be a reliable addition to your shop.

To echo Hairy’s comment: You should invest in a good chuck to go along with the faceplate…..

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 02:33 AM

hairy is right, but a guy always needs new excuses to buy tools, I have bought tools then told the wife, in order to make this work I have to have ? otherwise I just wasted money on the new tool, but it will pay off eventually. lol
btw, I have the same lathe ,I like it, but I paid a new price for it.

-- Smitty!!!

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 02:39 AM

Jerryz, you may have noticed me on Saturday. I was the fool with the kilt and short sleeve shirt. It was frosty but a lot of fun. Haven’t broken into HF yet, still messing around with my 2m. I did also pick up some of those solar panels for the the next hurricane comes. No power outage is going to stop me from yapping! Going to have to start looking into these add ons. It is like cell phones, they get you with the accessories!

-Chase, K4YAR

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 02:49 AM

Great deal!

-- Jeff,

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 03:29 AM

Nice Chase!!!!!! I have a couple extra pen kits and a good how to book to get you started. Let me know and I will bring them to work.

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#8 posted 02-15-2010 01:09 PM

You scored.
I’ve had a Jet Mini for about 10 years, and it’s a great tool. My wife bought it for me, and was more than $300 (I think). There is a limit to what you can turn, but you can still do a lot with it. At least, it’s a great entry level tool to the round world. If you enjoy turning, you can move on to bigger and better.
I also use mine for buffing, drilling, sanding, and more. Be creative, make jigs.
If you decide it’s just taking up space in your shop, you can always sell it…at a profit

-- Steve--

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 03:47 AM

Great buy. have some fun with it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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