Hello Jocks I am looking for advise on Lathes . I want to get into turning as I did some turning in school and loved it. But my shop is a basement shop so I must be able to carry / drag down to the basement. I am not counting out used lathes I just don’t know whats decent. I want to be about to turn pens, bowls ,bats. So from small projects to mid sized is what I am thinking. Now is 1/2 big enough for 11” ~12” bowls. The lathe I used in the past was 3 hp delta / Rockwell. It was a beast compared to what I am looking at now…
I really like the delta 46-445 midi 5 speed and the rikon 70-100 but I don’t know if they will handle large bowls as these seem to be small lathe that you can extend the beds with.
I also have my eye on a delta 46-700 variable speed he’s asking 375.00 seems high to me for used lathe.
I think I would enjoy the 46-445 a bit more, But I need something that will last a long time, and if it breaks I can get it fixed.
I want to keep this affordable if possible…lol
-- Chris ~ Central Michigan