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#1 posted 09-16-2012 08:37 PM

Lot depends upon what you want to turn on that wood lathe. If everything works not a bad price for a starter lathe. Another plus that lathe easy to fix. Cleaning oiling parts not a big deal, replacing headstock bearings while not difficult takes time.

Want to make sure no funny noise coming from headstock, loose or worn belt also make noise. No play in headstock spindle, could be a sign of worn bearings. Ask if bearings take oil some old lathes needed oil or grease? Check with motor off and spin headstock spindle by hand, should spin smoothly. With motor running should be smooth hum at all speeds.

Tailstock and tool rest base (banjo) and tool rest should lock down securely, not moved if tapped with hand or wood mallet.

Head-tailstock alignment should be close. With a drive center in headstock and live center or dead center in tailstock bring up tailstock and lock down tailstock points of centers should be spot on. Simple fix replace worn centers, or shims in tailstock.

While HF #34706 nice starter lathe and goes on sale all the time for $269.99, not sure coupon will work on sale items. Store in my town will not take coupons on sale items.

-- Bill

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