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Posted on What am I looking for in a lathe?

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 03:18 PM

If all you really want to do is turn table legs then some of the mini lathes may work for you. I started out with the rockler excelsior minI lathe, with the bed extension. It only has a 10 inch swing but plenty of lenth for legs. I wanted more than table legs so I sold it when I bought my jet 16×42. and all she does with it is table legs. Works great for her. Its cheap, at around $300, and will get you started. I found mine used for $150, and recoverd that when I sold it. Learned what I really wanted out of a lathe, without spending alot to get started.

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