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#1 posted 03-13-2010 01:07 AM

In my opinion, the only reason to buy a mini-lathe is if you have limited space in your workshop. You really don’t save much money on a mini-lathe relative to a floor model.

If you are going to do bowls you are going to have to deal with the issue of vibration. When you start a new bowl you are always going to be somewhat out of balance until you have completely rounded the blank. The best way to deal with vibration is with a sturdy frame, a lot of weight and (ideally) bolting the lathe to the floor.

I will suggest the Grizzly G0462 as a lathe that is worth considered. It is relative heavy (about 350 pounds) and it is very sturdy. It is also very basic. I’ve done a review on this lathe and I encourage you to read it. It does not have a lot of fancy features (spindle lock, indexing and electronic speed control). It is just a solid dependable lathe.

In the spirit of full disclosure I will mention that there is another review of this lathe on this website that is not as positive. You should probably read both to get a balanced picture of the lathe.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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