Lathe Questions

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by jwm8898 posted 09-24-2009 11:27 PM 1112 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View jwm8898's profile


13 posts in 3424 days

09-24-2009 11:27 PM

Want to buy a lathe and get into some mild turning. Mostly bowls. Just curious if any of you guys have any suggestions on what lathe to buy. Not looking to spend a ton of money just want a decent beginner lathe to get started. Any help would be great.


8 replies so far

View Kindlingmaker's profile


2658 posts in 3768 days

#1 posted 09-24-2009 11:32 PM

Look in the “Reviews” section, “berg” did a good review on a Rikon!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

View Alan's profile


443 posts in 3645 days

#2 posted 09-25-2009 12:43 AM

I purchase a used one on craigslist. It is 30+ years old, but is straight and heavy. I think it was a great way to get started with a lathe. So I would look for a used one if possible.

-- Alan, Prince George

View Hix's profile


161 posts in 3519 days

#3 posted 09-25-2009 01:10 AM

If you know some turners, ask them to let you try theirs out and go over the features. Nothing like hands on to help you compare.

-- ---call me---- Mark

View jwm8898's profile


13 posts in 3424 days

#4 posted 09-25-2009 01:21 AM

I have been checking craigslist, just not a whole lot out there. The Rikon looks like a pretty good one for the money.

View Loucarb's profile


2388 posts in 3686 days

#5 posted 09-25-2009 01:28 AM

Jet has a couple of nice models and the nova is a nice unit.

View jeffthewoodwacker's profile


603 posts in 4045 days

#6 posted 09-25-2009 01:30 AM

You can ask at the local woodturners club – there is always a member who wants to upgrade. Also, Woodcraft and Rockler sell their classroom lathes at least once a year and you can get a great deal on one of these. If you want to turn bowls you should consider a larger lathe. You can turn small bowls on the mini and midi lathes, but they don’t have the weight to turn large bowls. A used Jet 1642 or used Powermatic lathe are both decent lathes with enough weight and power to handle bowls of all sizes. You can also upgrade these lathes with a ballast box.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

View ACAFred's profile


2 posts in 3407 days

#7 posted 09-25-2009 01:41 AM

I’ve used the Rikon Midi and Jet mini and midi. They are all good lathes.

The Rikon is clearly the best buy for the dollars. If money is secondary, take a look at the new Delta Midi. It is available in both 5 speed and electronic variable speed. It also reverses.

I agree with the comment regarding a local woodturners club.

View Innovator's profile


3584 posts in 3655 days

#8 posted 09-25-2009 03:15 AM

If you want to turn bowls of a larger diameter you will need the machine to be heave (Castiron is the best) Or you will be putting sandbags on it to hold it down. I have the 20” Powermatic and it is awesome. Lots of weight and a nice strong unit. It is a little on the expensive side but give craigs list a try.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics