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Disappointed by this lathe

Disappointed by this lathe

09-28-2018 06:04 AM by cathyb | 44 comments »

One month ago my Laguna 18/36 lathe arrived and I was excited. My previous lathe was from General Tools. It did not have any bells or whistles, but it was a dependable workhorse and I wish I had that lathe now. These are the problems I have experience so far with the Laguna: 1. If dust or small chips get wedged in the banjo clamp handle it will not lock in place. Take the time to brush off the dust and get the dang thing to hold in position on the bed. Really? 2. Same problem w...

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Adds variable speed, subtracts power

Adds variable speed, subtracts power

07-28-2018 12:29 AM by JayT | 18 comments »

A few years ago, I got a great deal on a 10in Jet lathe that was on closeout. I wanted variable speed, but the deal was too good to pass up. I also knew this kit from Penn State Industries existed and thought I could do the conversion in the future and still have less invested than buying a new variable speed lathe. During the recent Mallet Swap, I was doing a lot of turning and finally decided to spring for this kit and was looking forward to not switching belts near as much. Issue #1,...

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Laguna Revo 18|36 Initial review

Laguna Revo 18|36 Initial review

03-05-2018 11:41 PM by rizzo | 12 comments »

Before this review begins, let me first start by saying this is a combination review of the purchase process, the pickup/delivery, the setup and the first 30+ days of use. This is not meant as a full review of the lathe. In a year (or so) I will follow up with a more thorough review as I use the tool more and report back any findings, that may differ from this review. So with that “fine print” out of the way, let me say that while I feel like I decided quite quickly what lathe ...

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Central machinery harbor freight lathe review

Central machinery harbor freight lathe review

02-21-2018 01:18 AM by Gunnyb4 | 21 comments »

I did a you tube review of this lathe and figured it might be helpful on here for someone. I’ve owned it for over 2 years with no issues really to complain about. I was nervous when I bought it but didn’t have the extra cash at the time when my previous lathe kicked the bucket. https://youtu.be/XNZwXpc5TdE

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Revo set-up

Revo set-up

01-27-2018 02:54 PM by Dan Katz | 2 comments »

My shop was designed to house a heavy lathe and has a 6’ x 6’ x 20” slab which has the main beam for the crane sunk down 18” into the slab. The lathe is set directly under the path of the crane to help load heavy objects onto the spindle. This has proved over the years to be invaluable.I decided not to use the leveling feet but used shims to level the machine and then bolted the head stock end to the main beam of the shop and also bolted the tail-stock end to the floor...

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Unpacking -Revo 1836

Unpacking -Revo 1836

01-27-2018 02:15 PM by Dan Katz | 2 comments »

I ordered my new Lathe from Packard and had it delivered to a friends cabinet shop where they loaded it on to a pickup and brought it to my shop. I have an overhead crane system which moves out to the middle of my drive and enables me to lift objects out of a truck bed or trailer.My first objective was to remove the lathe from the box without destroying the box in case I wanted to return it or move it in the future.Before removing the lathe I found the plug and tested to see if it would fit m...

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Jet 1640 EVS - First Impressions

Jet 1640 EVS - First Impressions

06-24-2017 06:40 AM by WoodworkingVet | 6 comments »

When I started turning I bought a Rikon 70-220vsr midi lathe. Its a great lathe and served my needs quite well until I decided I wanted to go bigger. Two months ago I found a Jet 1642 for sale a few hours away and later that afternoon it followed me home. What a great lathe, but it lacked one feature that I was hoping to have in a new lathe. Because of some challenges that I have with my feet and back I find it difficult at times to stand at the lathe or to bend over the bed when hollowing. F...

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False Advertising

False Advertising

04-19-2017 01:13 PM by HGAlfrerd | 31 comments »

This incident is about “False advertising” and “using 1 HP inverter on a 1 ½ HP Motor” on the Grizzly G0632 wood lathe”.09-30-14 I ordered a wood lathe (G0632) including various wood working accessories.Once the lathe arrived and I had it assembled, I noticed that the inverter would cut-out frequently when operating the lathe. I called Grizzly and they shipped a replacement inverter. There was an issue with the first shipment of the inverter, as someone had picked the wrong item and instead o...

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Turncrafter Commander 12" VS Midi Lathe

Turncrafter Commander 12" VS Midi Lathe

02-13-2017 01:59 PM by Tennessee | 10 comments »

I had purchased a Harbor Freight 10”X18” about a year ago to turn pens and some other little things in my shop. My Powermatic was just too ungainly to do a pen on. My problem was that the HF was a PITA to change speeds, and to do a pen properly, I find it necessary to do two speed changes for a total of about three speeds for each pen. (Cutting/shaping/sanding/finishing/polishing) I decided that since the pens started to sell nicely, I would upgrade to a VS lathe. I looked ...

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JET 16" x 42" Variable Speed Wood Lathe WL-1642-2EVS ~ 2HP, 230V

JET 16" x 42" Variable Speed Wood Lathe WL-1642-2EVS ~ 2HP, 230V

09-07-2016 12:17 AM by XDM525 | 7 comments »

After 10 days of research and comparison I decided on a Jet . Many factors were resolved but the hangup was finding a lathe at the best price from a company that would give confidence in the purchase and the process. I wanted to save the $170 sales tax dollars too. So I got on line looking for the lathe. What I found was lots of companies that did not have the 1642 in stock. Finally, I found one on ebay (eqss1) and at a price 600 bucks less than anyone else. Too good to be true. Long...

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