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Posted on I have an opportunity to get a full size grizzly lathe does it make sense

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 10:52 PM

It all depends on what you want to turn. Bigger lathes can turn bigger diameter things and longer things. A bigger lathe will also have a lot more power which you will definitely notice even at low speeds. The negative is the space it takes up. If you could try both types out, the experience might make it easier to decide. Another consideration is that as you learn to use a tool properly you will likely want to use it more and find more challenging projects to do. The mini lathe doesn’t have that much growth potential, but they are nice for small projects.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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