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Roy Turbett

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 03:15 AM

I don’t think the lathe in the picture is necessarily a good buy because it isn’t a brand name and parts may be hard to find. Also, its only 60” long which limits the size of the spindle you can turn. You can buy a new spindle lathe with a longer bed and a variable frequency drive at Harbor Freight for about the same price. You will find that tools and accessories such as duplicators and chucks frequently cost more than the lathe. I would look for a package deal. If you enjoy doing restorations, look at the OWWM site for ideas on which lathes make good canidates. You can also get alot of help if you get stuck.

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