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Blog entry by ART LACKEY posted 03-31-2014 01:55 AM 3759 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My name is ART lackey, and I’ve been looking for a good lathe to do turning in my retirement. After using a copy lathe at work for a fiew years I got a little spoiled. After all it is so easy to produce turnings with a copy lathe rather than turning by hand.Don’t get me wrong turning by hand is alot of fun and once you get going you can produce turnings fairley fast but not as fast as-say one every FIVE minutes. This HAPFO COPY LATHE that I picked up has a motor feed and can trace eather an existing turning or follow a template of the shape you want. Eather way it can produce a turning smooth enough that it hardly needs much sanding. In the video that I’m posting I am using a piece of scrap hemlock which when turned gives a rough and fuzzy finish but can be sanded to a smooth but rustic finish. When I filmed this video I held the camera in one hand and operated the lathe with the other. You can hear the turning start to vibrate a little so I had to steady it by hand. If I used the follower chuck to steady it, only one pass would have been nessary.——Well let’s see if it works—-

-- Old turners don't die, they just turn to dust!

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#1 posted 03-31-2014 09:02 PM

A steady lathe this Hapfo 5000 Great machine!! Build for constant work.


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#2 posted 03-31-2014 09:49 PM

that is not wood turning it is using a machine no skill needed
that is my thoughts on that


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#3 posted 04-01-2014 12:10 AM

Yes it’s a steady 900 pounds. When doing large turnings by hand you get little vibration. And when you have to do 100 baseball bats its fast and accurate,and that means easy money. Turning for fun is no longer an option for me. Hand turning on this machine is a dream. It’s so solid ,smooth ,and quiet ,you hardly know its running. You can’t make much money making pritty things that might not sell. I make multiple turnings for other companies.

-- Old turners don't die, they just turn to dust!

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