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#1 posted 02-15-2011 10:31 PM

Mike, MUCH good advice above. With the lathe alone, I’ve paid for itself twice over, and then some with just pens.

Yes, take the plunge, but which lathe? The ONLY down side I see is that it is a BIG one. You can turn surprisingly large bowls and vessels on a mini or midi(like the new Deltas). I avoided lathes for years because every big one I saw in a guy’s shop sat in the corner, took up a lot of space and they never used it. Imagine taking your lathe with you to visit a friend. That’s some REAL advantage to some. Being able to put it out of the way on a shelf for a few weeks could be really helpful too.

Not trying to convince you OneWay or another(pun intended, ha ha). Just bringing up a point. I wish you much success and happiness wichever route you take.

Edit: Owning a Big lathe(to me) is like owning a boat. You don’t want to own it, you just want to use it once in a blue moon. Make sure you have a good friend with one on the rare occasion when you really need it. Do you really need a big lathe ALL the time?

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