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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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Awesome little lathe (and bed extension)

Awesome little lathe (and bed extension)

07-23-2010 05:15 AM by John | 11 comments »

My shopsmith was a great intro into turning, but it was just way too short and I had to bend uncomfortably to use it. This lathe is set to the perfect height on a shop built bench. Bought it last year on sale at woodcraft – December I think – I believe they go on sale every winter, worth the wait. This little lathe has lots of power, is built like a rock and was thoughtfully designed including the tool caddy that hangs off the back of the headstock. Speed changes are quic...

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Does anybody have an opinion on this lathe?

Does anybody have an opinion on this lathe?

07-05-2010 09:11 PM by Tom Z | 7 comments »

I am seriuosly considering buying this lathe because of the swivel head stock. It has very similiar features of the DELTA 46-460 and the JET 1220. It is priced higher than both. Is it worth the extra $ ?

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Central Machinery 14x40 wood turning lathe

Central Machinery 14x40 wood turning lathe

05-30-2010 06:11 PM by thefishingschool | 6 comments »

I have had and used this very much and so far i am satasfied with it but the switch that comes with it broke so i just wired a light switch to it. the bed is made of square steel tubing and seems to have a decent but tolerable amount of vibration. only one compliant and that is when you tighten the tailstock the headstock will bend upwards

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my new toy

my new toy

05-07-2010 03:38 AM by bigjerpare | 12 comments »

just picked this beauty up today, runs great, and looks cool

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Gunhead CnC 7x lathe.

Gunhead CnC 7x lathe.

05-06-2010 01:13 AM by Mortemer | 1 comment »

I found this cnc lathe from Gunhead. http://gunhead.com/GMW/index.html I’m a small parts builder/hobbyist, and originally I was using a Sherline, but found it to be a bit inadequate. There just wasn’t a small lathe that was tough enough to do what I needed in steel,aluminum and various woods. That is what I thought until I found the Gunhead 7x lathe. I bought it,abused it and it does the job. It’s made of steel and iron, unlike it’s aluminum rivals. Best tool I ever...

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RIKON Customer Service - Thumbs Up

RIKON Customer Service - Thumbs Up

03-31-2010 03:38 PM by DaveMiller | 11 comments »

I have owned a RIKON Mini Lathe for about 3 years and have never had one problem with it. Through misuse/abuse on my part, a couple of parts needed to be replaced. I called RIKON customer service and was greeted very professionally by Dan. I told him I needed to order a few parts and he offerred to transfer me to the parts department which he did. After just a few seconds, Dan came back on and told me that all the parts guys were on the phone and he offerred to take my order. He was able...

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Oneway spindle steady

Oneway spindle steady

02-20-2010 07:14 AM by hairy | 7 comments »

When you need one, you might as well get one. This is a real good one. I unpacked it, assembled onto a spindle I was working on, then read the directions. I had it right, it does just what I expected without any troubles. It holds it steady when turning,and any further shaping I did after the turning. No money wasted on this one. The big mistake I made was just getting the spindle steady, they make a bowl steady that you can attach the spindle jaws to. I don’t think I can go the other ...

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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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Great Lathe for the money

Great Lathe for the money

01-02-2010 09:13 PM by richgreer | 12 comments »

A review of the Grizzly G0462 lathe was provided to this website about 10 months ago. I am sure that the author provided an honest assessment of his experiences with this lathe. However, my experiences have been different and I am providing a review based on my experiences with the same lathe. If you simply review the specifications and features, I think anyone would agree that this is a lot of lathe for the money. I paid $475 for this lathe and, at the time, Grizzly was offering fr...

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