|Review by Karson||posted 11-19-2008 02:29 AM||5471 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
I bought this lathe to make a cane for my Mother-in-Law. I had a small Ryobi lathe that I used for making pens but it only had around 16” length. Not enough room for a cane.
I bought the variable speed version from Penn State Industries because I felt that it would be easier to use. It comes with a belt drive and a 3 step pulley. You can change the belt drive to change the speeds. The variable speed gives you a range within each of the pulley ranges. The motor is Motor: 1/2HP (650-3800 RPM). I also bought the extension table.
The lathe set up OK, but, the castings were a tight fit for the tail stock when you wanted to span across the two sections of the bed. I had to take the tail stock off and file and sand the edges to get it to cross the barrier of the two sections. it is still not an easy slide so I’ll probably do it again. As I was using the lathe I noticed that the tool rest also had the same problem. I could force it but It will require modification to give me an easy slide from one end to the other.
I wish the tool rest was longer, but it was designed for the mini lathe and is OK for it. But a lot of movement for a 30” piece of wood.
The belt was quiet when I ran it at start up. After I moved the belt I was unable to get it to run quietly I swapped to the additional belt that they provided and it’s quiet. They said they’d send a new one but it hasn’t shown up yet.
A pretty good lathe for $300 bucks. I could have driven to get it but the gas and sales tax was more than the shipping.
I think I’ll made a ball bearing steady rest for it also.
-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware firstname.lastname@example.org †