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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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Well made, no assembly instr, Lathe doesn't work

Well made, no assembly instr, Lathe doesn't work

05-17-2011 09:29 PM by T32 | 16 comments »

I bought the 10” VS TurnCrafter Pro after reading all the reviews I could find. Built and finished a stand for it, read the user manual twice, then set about putting it together. The thin plastic “zip lock sandwich-bag-style” packaging was ripped so I had to hunt for the contents. And with no instructions I had to go by the diagram in the user manual to see for example that a short handle needs to be added to the adjusting wheel on the back of the tailstock. The wiring to th...

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Pretty good deal

Pretty good deal

01-25-2009 06:36 AM by peabody | 16 comments »

I want to start off by saying that for all spindle or pen work, this lathe is perfect, the adjustment speeds are great and it is a breeze to operate. The problem is that when you try to turn anything larger than about 3” the whole machine goes to crap. I broke my shop’s midi while turning a 3.5” bowl and I bent the shaft, meaning that nothing can be turned on it ever again. As long as you use this for smaller objects it will serve you well although if you plan on using it...

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Robust Sweet 16

Robust Sweet 16

08-05-2010 11:28 PM by hairy | 15 comments »

I treated myself to a retirement gift. I could not have made a better choice. I have been using using this for 2 months now. I wanted my review to be based on what I’ve done with it. I looked at everything I could see in person,and read for hours on the web what others have to say about their lathes. I had certain needs that had to be filled, plus I wanted options to grow into as my experience grows. My main concern was getting it into my basement shop. I wanted bigger capacity...

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Nice new lathe thats 23 years old

Nice new lathe thats 23 years old

12-20-2010 04:19 AM by westerndf | 15 comments »

I just had the opportunity to purchase a very well maintained (Very little use) Delta DL40. It has a digital variable speed control that is on the front in the middle or can be relocated to the end near the tail stock. It has a 1.5hp motor that is also reversible with a push of a button. There is an enormous 48+ inches between centers and a 16 inch potential for bowls on the right side and 24 inch bowl on the outside of the head stock. I was also fortunate to obtain three face plates, ste...

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For a small lathe, or starter lathe, not bad at all.

For a small lathe, or starter lathe, not bad at all.

06-11-2013 07:28 PM by Tennessee | 15 comments »

I have owned a Powermatic 3520B for quite a few years, with a Stronghold chuck and a fair amount of extra tools. One thing I kept noticing, it just wasn’t that good for small things. Hard to move around those big tool rests, and I just could not get myself to pay somebody $78 for a six inch tool rest. Plus, I hated to take off the Stronghold every time I wanted to do something smaller. Since I had an empty small bench right next to it, I started looking into a small lathe, one I c...

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New verses old

New verses old

01-08-2014 05:37 PM by Jimthecarver | 14 comments »

Having the Jet 1014 mini lathe and really loving it, and having no problems with it what so ever. I decided on the 1221VS model. Unboxing it was fun, my past lathes have been hand me downs and/or very used and in need of rebuilding. Upon opening I removed the lose goodies that came with it and lifted off the foam to reveal the site of a turners dream…mine anyway.After getting it unboxed I noticed NO live center….bummer! Just a call to get that taken care of easily. Noticing a...

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Great Value In A Lathe

Great Value In A Lathe

01-18-2014 06:16 PM by OSU55 | 14 comments »

I had never used a lathe for wood turning, and wanted to give it a try. I didn’t want to break the bank to have a lathe for occasional use. As others have, I wound up with this HF model. I haven’t tried anything larger than 6” dia, but so far I’m extremely pleased. I think I paid ~$180 with discounts. Although I’m new to turning, I’m not new to machinery of all types, and a wood lathe is a simple machine (I’ve been in automated manufacturing in eng...

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First lathe - Rikon Mini

First lathe - Rikon Mini

09-20-2009 02:59 PM by Berg | 13 comments »

If you have looked at the bowl project I posted you know I am a complete turning neophyte AND you know I don’t actually own a lathe. Until now! I was at The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers’ annual meeting with a friend who suggested we make a trip to the neighborhood woodworking supply store. I thought it was a great idea because from where I live it’s an hour to either of the two stores (in the state, believe) that have cool stuff like lathes. He knows I have been ...

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jet mini lathe

jet mini lathe

03-05-2008 06:24 PM by runngt | 13 comments »

This was my first lathe since middle school shop class. Back then I made a lamp for my mother that made it all the way to state finals. I was excited to get this in my shop and start turning on it and after several months it has performed flawlessly!! I have added the bed extension but not used the tool since adding it. The bed is very solid and the extension was easy to install and level. This model has the spindle lock and indexing head and operates at 500 – 3900 rpm. I think it is...

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