well.. I made the trip down to San Diego to pick up the Lathe.. and it was great..I finally laid eye’s on it for the first time and after the owner explained everything to me..I couldn’t get the money out of my pocket fast enough..
The speed control lever was gone and he installed a really cool off/on speed control box, that even allowed reverse.. the speed varies from 300..to 6000 rpm on a 1 hp motor..it has a cool dial that controls the speed and a switch that allows off/on/ and another switch for forward/reverse..
Turning tools came were included and he made a cool wood section on the base to hold all the tools and stuff.. he even gave me 5 medium sized turning logs of different kinds of woods..
But the best part is the indexing head..I looked and looked for a lathe that had this feature and I found some, but at a very steep price..
Now I need to get the thing to my shop.. set it up.. sharpen the tools to a razor sharp edge.. and give it a run.. I will be stopping at my local Rockler’s to check out a few Sorby gouges and see if my budget will allow me a few..
Also included is several different post or tool rest that I haven’t figured out where they go yet and also a jig to hold longer pieces in the middle to keep them from wiggling. All in all..I think I got an awesome deal and couldn’t be happier..
Pictures to follow as soon as I get it back to the shop..
-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/