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Shop Fox midi lathe, Seems to be a winner

Shop Fox midi lathe, Seems to be a winner

11-09-2010 05:06 PM by jred | 5 comments »

My wife spoke words to me recently that I thought I’d never hear (at least not on her own volition). She told me that I should get a lathe! What a woman! I have been looking at “midi” sized lathes for a long time and really like the jet 12×20 I used at a woodcraft class. Two problems: There has not been a reasonably priced used Jet lathe go up for sale in the entire state in over six months (I’ve checked Craigslist and Ebay regularly). Second problem: new lathe...

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Bowl Making Machine

Bowl Making Machine

01-01-2012 08:56 PM by doug1980 | 5 comments »

I bought this lathe used 2 years ago from my neighbor who also turned bowls with it. It’s powerful and easy to use. It will turn up to 38” spindles and turn 15” bowls inboard and up to 20” bowls outboard. I have made about 100 bowls with it and the only issue was the cooling fan belt slipped off once, easy fix. The headstock and tailstock are aligned perfectly and it accepts all the popular accessories like other brands. It may not be a Jet or Nova, but it is buil...

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New nova 1624-44 lathe from woodcraft

New nova 1624-44 lathe from woodcraft

12-29-2013 06:03 AM by Norm192 | 4 comments »

Just bought a nova 1624-44 lathe from woodcraft.$899. My previous, and first and only lathe, was a rikon 70-100. I have enjoyed it for about 3 years now. I have turned several 11-1/2” x 4”+ deep bowls on it. That’s maxed out. Great lathe but time to upgrade. The nova came well packaged. Assembly was simple and straight forward. Not impossible by yourself but an easy two man job.Banjo and tail stock lock down rock solid. No graduations on tail stock but operation is smooth. ...

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Midi Lathe Duplicator Vega 8500 - Worth the price? maybe

Midi Lathe Duplicator Vega 8500 - Worth the price? maybe

10-25-2012 09:50 PM by Nick_R | 4 comments »

I have a delta midi lathe and have been using it for over a year now. I can get things done pretty quickly and have done quite a bit of turning, but one consistent problem has been duplication of pieces that is accurate… I have wanted to build a chess set and a duplicator is necessary. After much research I went with the Vega duplicator because it looked the most complete and easy to use. Not many knocks against it and most actually seems more than satisfied.. I ordered mine fr...

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General Maxi-Lathe 25-100

General Maxi-Lathe 25-100

11-14-2008 09:24 PM by Chris Wright | 3 comments »

General makes two mid size lathes, the 25-100 and the 25-200. They are almost identical except that the 25-100 has a 1/2 HP motor with 6 speed stacked pulley, compared to the 25-200 having a 3/4 HP variable speed motor and the headstock assemble is capable of rotating for outbound turning. I was lucky enough to have a 25-100 donated to the shop and I’ve enjoyed using it now for the past few months. It is capable of turning small bowls, pens and spindles. I did notice when turning a ...

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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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GENERAL INTL Variable speed MAXI-LATHE Model# 25-200 M1   REVIEW

GENERAL INTL Variable speed MAXI-LATHE Model# 25-200 M1 REVIEW

09-13-2013 09:25 PM by brian watts | 3 comments »

For one, it’s at least 50 lbs heavier than others — and extra cast-iron is always a benefit for lathes. Mass soaks up vibration, which translates into smoother, steadier cuts. A heavy lathe is also less prone to do the jitterbug across your bench——————————————————————-Inboard, this lathe offers comparable swing (meaning the largest diameter you can turn) to the c...

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Great little lathe to get starting with woodturning!

Great little lathe to get starting with woodturning!

03-23-2012 03:37 PM by dpoisson | 3 comments »

It’s very gunky when you first take it out of the box. But after a good cleaning, I installed it on a mastercraft metal stand. When I rev up the speed, there can be some vibration, but nothing that is worrying. I love the electronic variable speed control. When I noticed that some more expensive lathes do not even include this feature, I was shocked. Once you taste the feature, you probably don’t ever want to go back to pulleys and belts or whatever else they use. There’s so...

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Modified MC900 Head

Modified MC900 Head

09-14-2009 07:11 AM by Woodbeatle | 2 comments »

I love the dbhost review and agree with all, The weight on the stand is needed, I have added a mod to the head as per attached photo. This acts as a giant clamp to lock the head to the bed, for turning boxed in access of 100mm diameter, as the head jumps a bit. Yes I know that this stops the head rotation, but it helps to steady the lathe I note that you talk of a manual. Is it possible to get a copy of the MC900 Manual, as I bought my lathe secondhand for A$75.00. I had to make up a few t...

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Craftex CT128 Lathe (vs. the Nova 1624-44)

Craftex CT128 Lathe (vs. the Nova 1624-44)

07-04-2009 06:56 AM by Tim Dorcas | 1 comment »

I have had my Nova 1624 Lathe for a almost 6 months. It is a quality machine. However as easy as it is to do, I hate changing the belt to change speeds. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about a new, more powerful lathe. Something with variable speed, larger capacity, more horsepower, and something that will quench my lust for bigger and better. I initially thought I had a great deal on a Powermatic 3560b. It turned out to be not true. At the same time I started reexamining Busy Bee’s Craf...

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