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Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

11-22-2008 06:33 AM by Karson | 16 comments »

I’ve got this Penn State Lathe Duplicator I have mine mounted on a Ryobi Mini Lathe. I believe that it works for many brands. It’s not an all inclusive duplicator like the Vega. If you can make a pattern in something about 1/16” thick then you can fit it into the holding mechanism. Here are the Penn State templates This is a brass pattern of a small spindle that I’m making. The spindles are for a Vintage Sleigh I’m making. You mount your blank in the...

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Penn State Industries Temp 142CX Dust Collector

Penn State Industries Temp 142CX Dust Collector

01-24-2009 05:20 AM by ND2ELK | 13 comments »

The dust collection unit that I chose for my 14 X 21 shop was the Temp142CX from Penn State Industries. Some specifications and reasons for picking this unit are as follows: 2 HP, 220V Motor14” Impeller – 6 Fin½ Micron Filter CartridgesUp to 12 DropsUp to 30 Ft. RunsUp to 1200 Sq. Ft.5 Yr. Warranty I used the economy 26 GA duct work which was noticeably heavier than the stores. Penn State had everything I needed to put this unit in. There was nothing that I ordered that they did not hav...

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my dust collector

my dust collector

08-17-2008 04:03 PM by woodnut | 10 comments »

Let me first say that this is the only dust collector that I have ever owned so I can’t make a comparision betweein this one and any other collector. Now for the review. From out of the box it took me about 3 hours to have it hanging on the wall. This sucker is heavy so you better have a friend or two to help with the lifting. After the installaton I was surprised at how strong this collector is. My shop is 20’x40’ and I can put my planner at the end of my shop and it has no...

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I finally got my DC man it sucks

I finally got my DC man it sucks

02-19-2009 04:31 AM by Jim | 18 comments »

I ordered my Penn State 1 1/2 hp “Dustroyer” a week ago Sunday and I finally got it today. I was home with a “sick” 2 year old that when I asked if he wanted to go out to the shop he grabbed his coat. He helped me set it up witch took about an hour would have been less time with less help. The directions stink. I had to stick it in the addition until mommy came home and it stands 92” tall so it has to be lined up justright in the shop to fit. This evening I hook...

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Pennstate Midi Lathe

Pennstate Midi Lathe

02-15-2009 11:08 PM by interpim | 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....

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PSI Variable Speed Midi Lathe Conversion Kit

PSI Variable Speed Midi Lathe Conversion Kit

10-14-2009 08:27 PM by Chris Wright | 3 comments »

Here at the arts and Crafts Center we’ve been doing a lot of turning classes (mostly pen, but also the occasional bowl or bottle stopper) in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior program at Walter Reed and with the help of the local chapters of the American Association of Woodturners. Through them we’ve been able to have donated or loaned to the shop, lathes, chisels, chucks and other supplies. One of the lathes that was donated to the program was a Fisch Midi Lathe (essentially ...

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My new Penn State Lathe.

My new Penn State Lathe.

11-19-2008 02:29 AM by Karson | 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 (650-38...

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Adapter that will transform your HF lathe

Adapter that will transform your HF lathe

01-19-2010 05:55 AM by David Craig | 4 comments »

A friend of mine gave me a Harbor Freight last year to help support my interest in turning. It isn’t a bad beginner lathe and I am definitely not one to complain about such a thoughtful gift, but I did find the mounting and remounting of turned pieces on a faceplate frustrating over time. The lathe has a proprietary 3/4 inch x 10tpi spindle which makes purchasing 3rd party vendor chucks nearly impossible. I recently discovered, though, that Penn State Industries manufactures adapters fo...

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Building a cyclone system

Building a cyclone system

05-09-2014 08:03 PM by Crickett | 19 comments »

**I built my shop within the past two years and at first, I have to admit the dust collection wasn’t much of a concern to me. I simply would use adapters and wheel around my shop vac to different machines as needed. The more and more ignored this problem (for the sake of more time woodworking of course) I would notice how many respirators I started going through. But being how I am, I couldn’t just go by a cyclone system from someone – I had a burning need to piece one toget...

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Canister Filters

Canister Filters

10-22-2010 07:27 PM by dbray45 | 16 comments »

I have a generic 2HP dust collector that had a bag filter. This system, when started up, would give off a pretty good puff of dust in the air, kind of defeating what it was suppored to do. I recently bought a cannister filter and new bottom bag for this from Penn State. The overall permformance is much better and the dust in the shop much less. They give the filter a liftime warranty. They have differnt size filters to fit different rigs and for the price, wasn’t too bad when you in...

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