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09-21-2015 04:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning

I have the opportunity to get several turning tools in a nice cabinet from an old woodworker who is starting to pack up shop. That’s an awesome steal, but there’s one problem, I don’t have a lathe. I’ve been browsing around online and my top choices so far are between the Grizzly H8259, $265 shipped, and the G0624, $338 shipped. I wouldn’t be doing anything huge, just pens, small bowls, and other little pieces. So, has anyone had any experience with either of these lathes, and would one would you recommend, or should I get a different brand? I don’t want to spend more than $400.

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/


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#1 posted 09-21-2015 10:32 AM

Get the 12×18 lathe it has a bigger motor and variable speed. You will like the bigger motor and variable speed and it is in your budget.

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#2 posted 09-21-2015 07:11 PM

Ethan

I would highly recommend this one of which I started out with.

https://www.pennstateind.com/store/TCLC12VS.html

also if you wish later it has a bed extension.

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#3 posted 09-21-2015 09:51 PM

Definitely one with variable speed knob. moving belts around sucks.

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#4 posted 09-21-2015 11:51 PM

Arlin

I’m actually seeing that lathe listed at $450, which is more than I really wanted to spend and after reading some reviews it seems like the variable speed control is not very reliable. Thank you for the recommendation though.

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/

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#5 posted 09-21-2015 11:59 PM

I started with the same one Arlin did, the PSI 12”. It was a great starter lathe. I never had a problem with the speed control. I sold it to get bigger and more powerful with a Nova 1624, but more importantly to get reverse speed. My Nova doesn’t have electronic variable speeds. Changing belt speeds is no big deal. No reverse speed is a deal breaker for me.

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#6 posted 09-22-2015 12:04 AM

Variable speed for sure,belts are not fun to change.I have the Grizzly 0658 lathe which is now discontinued and I have been happy with this Grizzly purchase.How about the Grizzly model T-25920.More hp and variable speed.Don’t forget you will need a way to sharpen those tools.Good luck.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 09-22-2015 12:28 AM

Regarding the Grizzly H8259, there are a bunch of other brands that offer what sure seems like the same lathe (but in different colors). It’s a fine starter lathe, although I agree that variable speed would be nice. I got the Rockler version, which is often on sale for 199. If you have a HF local to you, you can try to use the 20% off coupon and get their version for 160 (they have it on sale for 199.99.)

If you want something new (vs. shopping around for something used), then this is a fine lathe to start with.

In the future, I can see getting something bigger with variable speed, reverse, etc. but still keep the small one around for smaller projects.

You might look at what type centers and/or chucks you’d be getting. These little lathes have MT2 tapers for the center and a 1”-8 thread for the chuck. If that isn’t what you’re getting from the other woodworker, then you might need to look at a different lathe.

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#8 posted 09-22-2015 12:49 AM



Variable speed for sure,belts are not fun to change.I have the Grizzly 0658 lathe which is now discontinued and I have been happy with this Grizzly purchase.How about the Grizzly model T-25920.More hp and variable speed.Don t forget you will need a way to sharpen those tools.Good luck.

- jeff


The T-25920 is now my top choice after weighing it against the others. I like having the centers higher above the bed and more HP is always better. As for sharpening, could I just use diamond stones? I definitely don’t have the money to spend on a Tormek right now.

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/

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#9 posted 09-22-2015 01:42 AM

You don’t need a Tormek, just a grinder with decent wheels. One of these is fine, and can be had for $140, sometimes on sale for $100 – http://www.woodcraft.com/product/158512/rikon-8in-slow-speed-grinder.aspx

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#10 posted 09-22-2015 01:46 AM

I definitely don t have the money to spend on a Tormek right now.

A Tormek would be my last choice for sharpening turning tools. For under $150 you can pick up a slow-speed grinder with friable wheels.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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esmthin

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#11 posted 09-22-2015 01:57 AM

Could I do it with stones though? After buying a lathe I won’t have the funds to get a grinder for a while.

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/

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#12 posted 09-22-2015 02:15 AM

Could I do it with stones though?

I suppose you could … depends on how much patience you have. You need to be able to sharpen proficiently … otherwise turning just won’t be much fun.

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#13 posted 09-22-2015 02:16 AM

Could I do it with stones though? After buying a lathe I won t have the funds to get a grinder for a while.

Got a belt sander?

Cheers,
Brad

PS: If you are not dead set on buying new, you can get a LOT of lathe (or even a couple of them) for $400.

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#14 posted 09-22-2015 02:38 AM



Got a belt sander?

Cheers,
Brad

PS: If you are not dead set on buying new, you can get a LOT of lathe (or even a couple of them) for $400.

- MrUnix


I don’t have a belt sander, but even if I did, do the belts come in high enough grits?

I’ve been looking on Craigslist for quite a while now and haven’t seen any lathe other than the cheap single-bar Craftsmans.

-- Ethan, https://instagram.com/ethan_woodworker/

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#15 posted 09-22-2015 02:44 AM


The T-25920 is now my top choice after weighing it against the others.
- esmthin

It’s a better choice than the 10” models, based on features.


Could I do it with stones though? After buying a lathe I won t have the funds to get a grinder for a while.
- esmthin

You can, it’s just that in turning you sharpen frequently.

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