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Jet Wood lathe

Jet Wood lathe

06-25-2009 04:11 AM by RICH GRABLE | 7 comments »

Hi again friends, I have had 2 Performax mini wood lathes. Both of them had some good features, price, variable speed, gaurantee etc. I purchesd the original one from Menard’s in North Platte Ne. I burned out the motor on the first one. They sent another complete lathe, and a few weeks later, I was going to use it and it wouldn’t turn on. They again gave me a new one. Fantastic business to do business with! While I was in need of a lathe, I purched a new JET JWL-1220VS...

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Lathe upgrade

Lathe upgrade

02-16-2010 05:43 PM by Jarrhead | 7 comments »

I recently decided to upgrade my lathe from the Delta midi-lathe I began turning on. I spent a lot of time researching which lathes were available on the market. Some of the most helpful information was found right here on Lumberjocks.com. Thank you to all who took the time to share your viewpoints and experiences. It made my decision easier. I settled on the Nova DVR XP, but I must say that it was not my first choice. My first choice was the Powermatic 3520B. I had to make some compro...

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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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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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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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Video review of the Nova Comet II Midi Lathe

Video review of the Nova Comet II Midi Lathe

12-16-2013 01:05 AM by THOMRIDER | 8 comments »

This is a video review Here is the link http://youtu.be/cKBAlCHqYTI

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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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Top class little lathe.

Top class little lathe.

05-23-2011 08:51 PM by murch | 9 comments »

I bought this little honey about 2 mts ago and have gotten very fond of it in the mean time. It has takensome hard abuse from my awkward, inexperienced hands but we are still friends and I am certain that I have gotten very good value for money.I was impressed right from the off with the weight of it and the general sturdy construction. It has 5 speeds that are easy to change (650 – 3000rpm) and it will turn a 10in o/d which is more than a few of them in the same price-range. 17.5in is ...

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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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Pennstate Midi Lathe

Pennstate Midi Lathe

02-15-2009 11:08 PM by interpim | 12 comments »

EDIT: I have now had this lathe for over a year now, and I am still very happy with it. I have now turned bowls, pens, spindles etc… on it, and it has done very well. I still haven’t pulled the trigger on the extension, but to be perfectly honest, I haven’t had a need for an extension yet. I did purchase a barracuda chuck system from PSI, as well as a new set of Benjamin Best lathe chisels. The motor has held up well, and I am still on the first belt that came with it....

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