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#1 posted 11-05-2012 09:05 PM

Shane, I would highly recommend Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Turning by Richard Raffan. It explains some of the terms you may struggle with now…plus after you get your lathe…he shows step by step how to turn different shapes.

I bought a couple of books and read online for a year before I finally bought a lathe! The hardest part is predicting which features you’ll want down the road so you don’t have buy a newer model! :)

I have a few big Grizzlys…bandsaw…jointer…disc sander…and love them, but I read a mediocre review of their model lathe with digital readout here on LJ…G0462.

And I had decided I wanted indexing abilities built in to the head stock…I don’t have the tools or skills to use that function now, but I will next year! That model Grizzly doesn’t offer indexing…so I looked elsewhere.

To ME, the variable speed was high on my want list…that’s how I ended up with my model. I love being able to switch from chisel to pencil and back to chisel just by turning the little speed control knob. To others that may seem meaningless…

Hopefully others will chime in with more advice…but I think choosing a first lathe is difficult! Take your time, bro. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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