Equipping the Shop #7: Harbor Freight 5 Speed Bench Top Wood Lathe - Model #65345

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Blog entry by Ocelot posted 01-09-2012 06:25 AM 2935 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked this little lathe up in early december, again with a 20% off coupon and on sale, so I paid about $155 for it. My wife gave me some turning tools for Christmas (which were on my list and expected). So far I turned a couple of little spindle tests out of pine. It’s fun and the lathe seems to work well.

More later.

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 02:46 PM

I assume this is the lather you refer to? Looks good to me! I have the HF full size lathe (the heavy duty one with the cast iron bed and reversable head) and I have been very pleased. You should enjoy yours just fine, and all the cash you saved can be used to buy some new turning tools or a bunch of stock!

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 09:09 PM

Yep. That’s the one. It’s quite rigid and seems to have enough power for making spindles, which is all I plan to do with it now. 18” is somwhat of a limitation, but most spindles are shorter than that. I view it as a starter lathe. It would be nice if the tool rest was longer so I wouldn’t have to stop and move it so often, but other than that, I have no complaints.

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 01:39 PM

I have one and I like it as much as the 5 speed Jet I had in the States. My son sent it to me. He bought it for me with a 20% off coupon. Sweet deal.

-- Dennis Patzer

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