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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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Awesome Bang for the Buck

Awesome Bang for the Buck

09-10-2011 02:48 AM by DurocShark | 7 comments »

I’ve had several lathes over the years, starting with the cheap HF stamped steel lathe (no MT in the headstock??), then the hundred buck HF mini lathe (great for pens), a PSI TurnCrafter Pro (just OK), and then a Delta 70-700 with the Reeves drive (noisy!) I sold the Delta recently to make space in my “shoparage”. It was a nice lathe but took a LOT of space. And since I mostly do small turnings it didn’t make sense to keep tripping over it. Once I got that sold, I f...

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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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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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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 | 17 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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Finest out of the box machine I've ever owned.

Finest out of the box machine I've ever owned.

01-31-2011 12:56 AM by Dedvw | 10 comments »

As soon as I opened the box, I could tell Delta really put forth an effort to release a quality product. Much more Styrofoam than I am use to, making the box for this unit is very big. Everything was very well organized and in very good condition. Fit and finish was the best I have seen on a sub 1000.00 piece of equipment. Everything took about 20 minutes to assemble (including removing it from the box). Assembly consisted of placing the Live Center and Spur Center in the lathe and setting...

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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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I love it, but in a few years, look for it on eBay.

I love it, but in a few years, look for it on eBay.

11-28-2010 03:48 PM by MoreWoodPlease | 12 comments »

Did some turnings, so I’m ready for a review. The wife one day was looking through one of the mired of catalogs we get in the mail, and came across a cherry bowl for $300.00. She then proclaimed, “You can make that!”. There’s the buzzer, and their off! A green lite to buy tools!!!As it happened, Grizzly was putting on their “Tent Sale” in two weeks. I planned a weekend around it. With a stop at Hershey Park. The wife loved it, because well, she lov...

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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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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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