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#1 posted 03-22-2014 07:40 PM

bcramer: WARNING … You are approaching a danger zone! Turning is addictive, and you will generally spend more on tools and accessories than the lathe itself.

That being said, check out CraigsList … there are often decent used lathes that can be had for very reasonable prices. A used Jet or Delta mini or midi lathe might be just the ticket. In my opinion, you should stay away from the Sears ‘tube’ lathes … a lot of turners have them and get good results, but others find them to be very problematic.

If you are thinking you want a new lathe, the Delta 46-460 midi and Jet mini and midi lathes come highly recommended.

You will get mixed reviews and comments about the lathes that Harbor Freight carries. Some users have found them to be real diamonds (maybe in the rough) ... others find them to be stones. HF does have a pretty good return policy and with the frequent 20% and 25% discount coupons you can get started for a small investment.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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