|Review by interpim||posted 02-15-2009 11:08 PM||6526 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
EDIT: I have now had this lathe for over a year now, and I am still very happy with it. I have now turned bowls, pens, spindles etc… on it, and it has done very well. I still haven’t pulled the trigger on the extension, but to be perfectly honest, I haven’t had a need for an extension yet. I did purchase a barracuda chuck system from PSI, as well as a new set of Benjamin Best lathe chisels.
The motor has held up well, and I am still on the first belt that came with it. I have checked frequently, and the alignment hasn’t moved/drifted since I purchased it.
I still whole heatedly recommend this lathe to any person looking for a midi lathe. The value is tremendous for the lathe you are getting.
I ordered this lathe as part of a pen turner starter set, and have been pleased with the results so far.
I have turned only small pieces on it so far, such as pens and a couple of chess pieces, but it has done well.
The lathe speeds are manually adjusted, which is the only annoyance I can find about it so far. Out of the box the center and headstock were dead on, point to point.
The lathe comes with a small plate, drive center, and live center.
I have enjoyed it, and plan on purchasing the extension bed once I have some extra funds to spare.
I would recommend this lathe to any wood turner on a budget. You are not sacrificing quality at all. If you want variable speed, you can pick up that model for just a bit more. If the quality of this lathe is anything like that one, you will not be disappointed.
-- San Diego, CA