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Forum topic by vbraddy17 posted 02-19-2016 08:02 PM 482 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2016 08:02 PM

I’m thinking of purchasing my first Lathe and found one on Craigslist. It’s a Delta LA200. From all the feedback I’ve been able to find, it is a solid starter Lathe. My concern is the price point. It is $375 and is practically new (according to the post) but comes with a bed extension and set of Crown turning tools. Is this reasonable? The guy lives a ways from me and I would like to get my ducks in a row before I go all that way to see it.

I hope this is right place to put something like this…..

Thanks for the advice.

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#1 posted 02-19-2016 08:27 PM

Sounds a little high to me. I bought one, never used, with the extension, for $100 off of Craigslist. It was missing both centers and did not include tools. Still, I would say not more than $200 as you’ve described.

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#2 posted 02-25-2016 03:32 AM

It’s not what you pay, it’s what you get for the money. But, being on my third lathe, I wouldn’t buy it at all. I would recommend either buying something with a 12” or better swing and variable speed, or an inexpensive vintage lathe and converting it to variable speed with a treadmill motor.


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#3 posted 03-02-2016 07:46 PM

That lathe was the first lathe I bought. I still have it if I want to do pens or small items. The bad about it is the locking handles for the banjo and tail stock quill are plastic type and do not hold up very well. I had a chance to get the extension free, but opted for the chisels. Chisels were junk, but I have never had the need to put on an extension. Even though it is a 10” lathe you will be hard pressed to turn a 8-9” bowl. It works ok for pens and small lidded boxes. The lathe itself maybe $150-200. So he basically wants $175 for the chisels. If all you want to do is pens and small items it will work. I have a PM 90 that will do pens and small items, but will also do a lot more. With the experience I have had I would bypass a midi and look for a minimum 12” vintage full size lathe.

-- Bill R

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