|Review by MoreWoodPlease||posted 11-28-2010 03:48 PM||11401 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
Did some turnings, so I’m ready for a review.
The wife one day was looking through one of the mired of catalogs we get in the mail, and came across a cherry bowl for $300.00. She then proclaimed, “You can make that!”. There’s the buzzer, and their off! A green lite to buy tools!!!
As it happened, Grizzly was putting on their “Tent Sale” in two weeks. I planned a weekend around it. With a stop at Hershey Park. The wife loved it, because well, she loves chocolate. Sometimes, this is the length we must go to in acquiring a new set of tools.
Anyhow, the tent sale was disappointing. The lathes that were left, were missing parts, parts broken, no paperwork, ect.. I learned that you must get to the Grizzly Tent sales early.
I ventured inside, and low and behold, a lathe demonstration was in progress. A really nice guy was giving a class on turning bowls. This of course sealed the deal.
Grizzly had that lathe on sale for $475.00. Since I was there, I saved on shipping. After the loading of a brand new G0462, we were off to Hershey Park.
Its been a month now, and I have turned a bunch of scrap for practice, one bowl, and a couple of wine stoppers as pictured above.
Whew, now for the review. I do love the lathe. It may be somewhat because I seem to love turning. Turning is a very natural skill. Of course, to turn safely, and to make usable, beautiful objects, a course of study is required. That being said, wine bottle stoppers are a great starting point. They are easy, and people absolutely love them as gifts. They do say, in a recession, the liquor stores and bars are still busy.
After running a dedicated 20 amp circuit, I bolted the lathe to the garage floor, and changed the stock belt to a “Link-Belt”. Both reducing vibration to a minimal. To be honest, I don’t know what a OneWay lathe is like, I have only owned an old Rockwell-Beaver lathe, and have only that to compare.
Speed changes are easy, but you need the link belt. A standard belt will quickly get chewed up by the variable pulleys. Its just physics. Other reviews of the belt problem seem to overlook this. Yes, maybe Grizzly should provide the link belt from the start, but for $475 bucks, I can spend the $16 for two feet of link belt.
The headstock and tail-stock points line up to within a 100th. Acceptable. I can imagine this only being a problem if I am turning a floor lamp, and have a drill bit three feet long.
The lathe is heavy, cast, and easy to assemble. Also Grizzly used the “more standard” #2 MT, and 1” x 8tpi. Both make it easy to buy accessories.
So far, 2hp seems to be plenty of power for what I can foresee me tackling in the near future. I also like that the late is much higher than my old Rockwell. Easier on the back.
Now, why the eBay comment in the title? The fit and finish on Grizzly tools is minimal. Don’t get me wrong, I have a Grizzly Jointer, cabinet Table Saw, dust collector, and many smaller tools and accessories for the same. All of which I could not afford if I only bought a single tool from one of the “prized” names I see on lumberjocks. I now have a well equipped wood shop, for the price of a single OneWay lathe.
I firmly believe, and my father taught me, never to blame the tools. With machinery, setup is vital, and you can take an average lathe, like the G0462, add a link belt and new live center, and end up with a lathe than can handle anything for years. And there is the rub. I think that this lathe will ware belts and pulleys in the years to come, and out of frustration, I will purchase a Powermatic, that is, if I am still this excited about turning.
Bottom line, for $475.00, no S&H, you really can’t beat this lathe. Even with the $98 bucks for shipping, its still a great lathe. Bear in mind, no lathe comes with all the other stuff you will need. HSS turning tools, a jaw chuck, grinder with Norton wheels, grinding jigs, specialty chucks for lets say wine stoppers, hones, and the list goes on.
I hope this review helps someone. Thank you for reading, and a special thanks to that catalog with the $300.00 bowl.
Happy Holidays to all the great LJ’s.
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