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Posted on Revo 18-36

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#1 posted 04-09-2016 05:44 PM

I put the lathe together two days ago. I only briefly used it though. I have used my friends lathes in the turning club, including Powermatics, and I have to say, so far…. I think this is smoother.

Assembly is not for the weak….it IS a beast and heavy. It was relatively easy to assemble, and the fit and finish was very good to exceptional. I have to say that the wheel set did not come with instructions and the lathe instruction book seemed to cover all other accessories except the wheels, but it was not that difficult to figure out. All in all, while it was heavy, ( I was just a little sore the next day) but easy enough to put together.

The lathe appears to be very well designed, very smooth, and has lots of small conveniences, so in my mind, it is well engineered…now I have to say that the controls seem backwards… turn the pot towards the minus symbol to speed it up and the switch for forward and backward is odd too….my friend that helped me put it together is an engineer and had an explanation for it, that somewhat escaped me…so I used my label maker and put new symbols over the existing. Also the wheels work well too. For a 500 lb plus lathe it rolls incredibly easy. My only criticism of them is that the lever to engage/disengage is kind of an ankle buster.

To some it all up, if you are considering a new lathe… my mind, this is it!!! Go for it MTwoodwrkr!!!

-- Mike

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