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Another Harbor Freight gem!

Another Harbor Freight gem!

08-26-2009 05:44 AM by dbhost | 37 comments »

Knowing that the lathe itself is just the tip of the financial iceberg when it comes to wood turning, I needed to control costs wherever I could without sacrificing quality I searched, talked with the club representatives at the various woodworking shows etc… And the response came back about the Jet JWL 1236 and its CLONES… It would appear this lathe had been rebranded by several companies, including, but not limited to Grizzly, MasterCraft, and for those of us that are a bit on t...

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Amazing lathe for amazing price

Amazing lathe for amazing price

08-28-2011 07:27 AM by ChadR | 33 comments »

I was looking for a starter lathe, and found the website http://www.edmwi.com/home/edm/page_1225_164/new_electric_wood_lathe__table_top_40_industrial_4.htmlI was surprised with the price. Only $89. I thought it was too good to be true but figured I would give it a try. I thought if the thing ends up being fake or plastic I can always try and sell it on craigslist. When it arrived in the mail I was amazing by the size of the box. After opening I was again shocked. The thing is huge, over 4&...

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Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe with digital readout

Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe with digital readout

03-01-2009 06:20 AM by trifern | 30 comments »

The Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe is an enticing machine based on it’s price point, horse power, and features. I would not recommend it. Don’t get me wrong, I have made some fairly nice pieces on it. However, I wish I had never purchased it. In one year I have replaced the belt around 10 times, replaced all bearings, replaced the tool rest, and replaced the tail stock hand wheel twice. The tail stock and head stock do not align, it vibrates, and is noisy.

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Impressions of the Powermatic 3520b after 4 months of ownership

Impressions of the Powermatic 3520b after 4 months of ownership

03-29-2009 05:34 AM by Chris | 21 comments »

Some of you may remember my blog post regarding this Christmas Gift . I just wanted to post a review now that I have used it for a while…. Assembly: Ouch! Get help, Get a Friend but whatever you do don’t do it by yourself! It’s heavy and unwieldy; you could easily hurt yourself if you are not careful. Make sure you assemble it where you plan to leave it, moving it is no simple chore. Make sure there is enough room behind it for the cage to open fully and plenty of room on...

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A Beginner's Dream

A Beginner's Dream

09-19-2011 04:27 AM by Grondor | 19 comments »

I did my first wood turning when I was about 13. It was in wood shop in school, and I made 2 or 3 pieces—a bowl and a bat for sure. It was fun, but it was also TERRIFYING! The lathes we had were industrial sized monsters with motors that could lift the Titanic, and more than once did I have a catch that bent the chisel, once it launched it towards the window I was standing near with rather catastrophic results. More recently I started looking up some videos on YouTube about wood t...

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Restored the lathe I bought

Restored the lathe I bought

10-03-2009 01:43 AM by RBWoodworker | 19 comments »

I found this Delta Lathe off of Craigslist for 450.00.. I have been looking for this particular lathe for years.. I passed up a chance to buy one about 15 years ago..and regretted it ever since.. when I got this one home.. it was not in bad shape, but I wanted to really refurbish it and give it a new life.. It’s solid..I mean solid!! heavy cast iron everything..I could not find any of the blue/gray paint that Rockwell/Delta uses, so I completely sanded off all the old paint all the way...

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Very, Very nice beginner lathe

Very, Very nice beginner lathe

12-24-2008 06:00 AM by teenagewoodworker | 18 comments »

i have had my Jet mini lathe for about 5 months now and it is a solid performer. there is a lot to consider when looking at lather so this will be a pretty long review but worth it. Power Power is a big thing when looking into a lathe. this lathe is 1/2 hp which is underpowered. this lathe does do quite well though. i find that i can stall it up up usually i am good. the only times that i have been able to stall it up is when roughing out very large out of true logs. other than that it ...

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initial thoughts upon assembling

initial thoughts upon assembling

10-02-2012 06:18 AM by Jimnl | 17 comments »

It looks like Nova needs a little more quality control. While assembling the stand, I cut myself on the leg braces. The edges on the cast iron are jagged and sharp on my unit. The cut wasn’t bad, but enough to make me stop putting the lathe together and take a file to all the cast iron edges. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get the motor attached and try it out. The pictures are from after I’ve filed the sharpest edges off.

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Ordered New Lathe Today

Ordered New Lathe Today

07-16-2009 02:15 AM by StanCurtis | 17 comments »

Today I ordered a new JET JWL-1442VSK wood lathe. The dealer did not have one in-stock, but it is to be delivered from the distribution center on Friday per his promise. I would like to thank ND2ELK for introducing me to LumberJocks.com. The reviews and forums were a great help to me. One of the reasons I chose this particular lathe is the accessories I have for my JET 1014 lathe are nearly all usable on the larger unit. My small lathe, which I have been using for three or four years, w...

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I am disappointed

I am disappointed

10-20-2011 10:30 AM by MNgary | 17 comments »

While not, in my opinion, a professional level lathe this full-sized lathe is adequate for advanced hobbyists wanting to turn spindles longer than popular midi lathes allow and it does a nice job turning turning shallow bowls. I have not turned pens so do not know how it performs for that more precision task. Assembly is straightforward and waiting until the 170 pound lathe is placed in its final location before tightening the stand’s bolts allows installation on an uneven concrete ...

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