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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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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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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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Nova DVR XP lathe

Nova DVR XP lathe

07-18-2012 07:49 PM by Darell | 15 comments »

I’ve had my Nova DVR XP about 16 months and I guess it’s about time to post my review and let other LJ’s know how I like it. Well, I just Love it. For my crowded shop it’s the perfect heavy duty lathe. The DVR has a 16” swing and 24” between centers. It features a 1.75 hp at 115 v or 2.3 hp at 230 v. The DVR is a direct drive variable speed lathe with a speed range from 100 to 3500 rpm. #2 Morse Taper, 1.25×8 headstock threads. It features a 360...

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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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The New Rikon 70-220 VDR Wood Working lathe

The New Rikon 70-220 VDR Wood Working lathe

10-18-2014 04:20 PM by ncdon | 14 comments »

After a couple of weeks of near full time turning I think I can write a decent review of my new Midi Lathe. To date I’ve turned a couple of bowls, several pens and some Christmas ornamentsTo tell the truth I stopped in my local Woodcraft store to look at the Jet 1221. I was very surprised to see a Rikon lathe with virtually identical specs.The 70-220 VSR is an electronically controlled variable speed lathe, with reverse. It advertises a 12 1/2 inch swing over the bed, a 1 hp motor, e...

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