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Forum topic by markrules posted 11-02-2007 04:42 AM 1009 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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markrules

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11-02-2007 04:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe advice grizzly g0624

I saw this lathe (http://www.grizzly.com/products/g0624) in the Christmas catalog. The picture there shows with the extension. CATALOG

I know nothing about lathes, other than the fact that I want one, and that I don’t have much to spend.

How does this lathe (and extension) look to those of you who have lathes? The $225 price tag looks nice and might include the extension since it’s pictured with one in the catalog.

What does 10” mean in lathe terms… What’s “swing over tool rest” and is a 1/2 HP motor laughably weak?

HELP!!!


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#1 posted 11-02-2007 04:58 AM

Those little lathes are similar to the offerings from General, Delta and Jet. The 10” refers to the maximum diameter that you can turn over the bed. As far as the price goes, it’s about par with that size of lathe.

That being said, the lathe is the absolute cheapest part of turning. Going into turning with a fixed or limited budget is a tad hard. It can be done, but turning is typically referred to as one of the great vortexes of woodworking, leading to a spiraling expense of tools, chucks, centres and such.

I think, if you have the room, you can often find a 12 or 14” lathe on Craigs list. Many times, if patient, you’ll find one with a ton of chucks, tools, grinders etc. Maybe even getting yourself good and set up for 500 samolians.

As far as those little lathes go, they are great for pens and small spindle projects. They can turn small bowls and dishes and are generally a lot of fun to turn on. I’m not sure I’d buy one, but I’ve seen a ton of great small turnings made by some exceptional turners who only have a mini (midi) lathe.

I hope that helps a smidgen.

Tom – Charter Member of the Spent Way Too Much On Turning But Loving Every Minute of It!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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