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#1 posted 02-21-2013 09:25 PM

I was kind of in the same boat as you. I started with a Harbor Freight 65345 10×18 mini lathe that I’ve outgrown. I don’t have 220 and we rent, so adding it isn’t really an option. So that limits me to 110V lathes. I looked at Jet, Nova and Grizzly lathes. After spending a lot of time looking at them, I decided that they all had limitations that I just really didn’t want to live with. If I were going to break the thousand dollar mark on a lathe, I want it to be a lathe that I’m in love with and will keep for years and years.

So I decided to get a better mini/midi lathe. First I started with a Delta 46-460 because so many people have that lathe and love it. Well I got a total lemon and Delta customer service/warranty service was pathetic. So I returned it. I was just going to make do with my HF lathe until we were in a house of our own, but then I started looking at Penn State lathes when I was surfing for something else there. So I decided to get their 12” Turncrafter Commander lathe with extension bed. It cost me a little over 500 shipped, but it’s a lathe that I can turn on for a few more years that will do 90% of what I like to do.

Once we have a house of our own with 220, I’m going to get a Robust lathe. They’re extremely expensive, but incredible lathes, and most importantly to me, made in the USA. I think with lathes, you kind of hit a pricepoint where if you’re going to spend that much money, you want to spend it really well and not regret it.

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