Well, with all my hard work and time put into restoring my great grandfather’s lathe, I finally got it all refurbished.
Then it broke.
The pulley wheel being aluminum had already taken a beating over the years while in storage and it finally split with the tension of the belt and motor. Long story short, I don’t want to let it become a money sink when it’s a pretty simple lathe.
That being said. I still want to do pens and bowls, etc. I’ve done a little research, decided for space reasons a mini will do me just fine. I like the Jets, but they are a bit more than I was hoping to pay (still trying to acquire a lot of other tools of the trade). I heard the Rikon’s are decent knock offs, but I also wondered if anyone knew anything about the Central Machinery HF knockoff that’s a benchtop model. It’s about $200, just curious. I’ve heard reviews on the large ones and didn’t know if it was junk or gem. I know I should buy the best I can afford, just wanting to see what all info I can get to compare. I’ve recently come into $200 in menards gift cards, unfortunately all they have are the Performax large lathes (already heard how bad these can be), so I almost contemplated seeing if I could sell off those gift cards for cash and just go for the Jet or Rikon. Or if the HF one would get me by for the time being. I’ve searched all over Craigslist in the area, but the only lathes here are the big industrial metal lathes, and the OLD craftsman lathes.
Thanks for taking the time to read on my problem. Any advice is appreciated, but I’m betting I already know the answer, try to get the Jet or Rikon.
Also, is 1/2hp enough, or should I definitely try for the 3/4hp?
-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana