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02-28-2016 02:23 PM

Have been watching CL for a wood lathe (this would be our first one) and saw this one posted: http://springfield.craigslist.org/tls/5467146099.html. Any comments on the pros/cons of this unit as well as if the price seems reasonable would be greatly appreciated. My husband and I would like to try our hand at bowls and maybe other small projects so that is our target.


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#1 posted 02-28-2016 02:44 PM

I wouldn’t regardless of condition. Dude is an idiot.

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#2 posted 02-28-2016 04:07 PM

I have had the 1067Z for about 10 years which is pretty much the same lathe with different legs.
Keep the Reeves drive clean and lubed, buy a chuck from Grizz,, a good tail stock center, learn to sharpen the tools, and turn some wood.
Might not be the dream lathe for some, but it will certainly let ya know if turning is for you.
Bill

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#3 posted 02-28-2016 04:19 PM

I agree with Bill. People tend to bash the reeves drive system. it is a good drive but needs a little more attention to keep it top notch. The posting is a great deal!

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#4 posted 02-28-2016 04:20 PM

The price seems high to me, I can’t see where they came up with worth $700.
Grizzly list the lathe at $395 and the chisel set looks the same as Amazon at $35.
You probably won’t have a warranty even if it hasn’t been used.

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#5 posted 02-28-2016 05:05 PM

Brand new that lathe only cost $395. Those tools are swap meet quality and what he calls a chuck is a faceplate and wrenches come with the lathe. Maybe I missed something in the photographs. That G0584 has been replaced by this lathe.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Wood-Lathe-With-Digital-Readout/G0462

I would go and see and hear it run before making any offer to buy. Knowing probably cannot get parts might only offer $100 if like what see & hear. If just looking for a deal that lathe & accesories not worth $350.

-- Bill

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#6 posted 02-28-2016 05:13 PM

There are many variations of this lathe floating around. I think it makes a very capable starter lathe and is a great value in general. You can get nicer lathes, but they are several times more expensive. Variable speed is much nicer than having to change pulleys, although the Reeves drive as mentioned is not as durable as a purely electronic controlled variable speed motor. Also, the lowest speed is a bit on the high side, but since it’s only a 12” lathe, it’s an acceptable compromise for the most part.

I don’t see a chuck, and that plate that is on the bed ways looks like the one that came with it. I wouldn’t pay a penny for that chisel set. Odd selection of tools, short metal, doesn’t appear to be H.S.S, so they’ll dull easy and be a PITA to sharpen without losing temper. So basically, price it for just the lathe.

I’d offer less, maybe $200.

Remember, though that the lathe is just the down payment. You’ll be spending much more on tools, chucks, etc. It’s a wonderful way to spend your time, though.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#7 posted 02-28-2016 05:22 PM

BB1, you can buy this lathe new and has been a good starter lathe for many people.

http://www.harborfreight.com/12-inch-x-33-3-8-eighth-inch-wood-lathe-with-reversible-head-34706.html

This mini lathe also popular with new turners wanting to turn small items.

http://www.harborfreight.com/5-speed-bench-top-wood-lathe-65345.html

Yes there are better full, midi, & mini lathes really depends upon what type of turning want to do and budget. When looking at used lathes will have to kiss a lot of frogs before find a prince! So please keep asking questions.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 02-28-2016 05:27 PM

Like others have mentioned.. it’s only about $50 less than what it sold for new, won’t have a warranty, and those are not very high end turning tools. It is a 14”x43” lathe, but I doubt you will want to turn anything that large on it. Compare it to something like the very similar HF 12x33 lathe which is currently on sale for $299 (meaning about $240 after using a 20% off coupon), and seems to have a rather large following and good reviews. It also has a more common 1”x8tpi headstock spindle, instead of the 1”x12tpi on the Grizzly. And you can get a comparable 8-piece turning tool set there as well for another $15 and change.

Cheers,
Brad

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#9 posted 02-28-2016 07:20 PM

Thanks so much to everyone who took a look and gave input. Had seen the cost for a new one and just didn’t know enough about the tools to know if they consisted a value.

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#10 posted 02-28-2016 08:03 PM

Chinese stuff doesn’t hold its value as well once the warranty is out.

I have the HF version and it works well.

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#11 posted 02-29-2016 05:00 AM

No, what’s pictured isn’t worth $700 new, the chisels are standard Chinesium and the lathe has a crappy Reeves drive but they are usable. But go talk to the guy— you never know what might be included that isn’t in the picture or how much he might be willing to negotiate. Many people just assume they will get offered a lot less and post high. Doesn’t hurt to ask.

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#12 posted 02-29-2016 06:39 AM


There are many variations of this lathe floating around. I think it makes a very capable starter lathe and is a great value in general. You can get nicer lathes, but they are several times more expensive. Variable speed is much nicer than having to change pulleys, although the Reeves drive as mentioned is not as durable as a purely electronic controlled variable speed motor. Also, the lowest speed is a bit on the high side, but since it s only a 12” lathe, it s an acceptable compromise for the most part.

I don t see a chuck, and that plate that is on the bed ways looks like the one that came with it. I wouldn t pay a penny for that chisel set. Odd selection of tools, short metal, doesn t appear to be H.S.S, so they ll dull easy and be a PITA to sharpen without losing temper. So basically, price it for just the lathe.

I d offer less, maybe $200.

Remember, though that the lathe is just the down payment. You ll be spending much more on tools, chucks, etc. It s a wonderful way to spend your time, though.

- SignWave


I agree with signwave. What I see in the craigslist ad, the lathe at around $200, would make it a good start. Get your feet wet without spending to much. I think the tools it comes with are junk.
I have heard a couple professional wood turners say thst they should give you the lathe. If you find that you like turning, you will spend 10X more on accessories for it.
Grizzly has some good deal on chuck sets. They compare to vicmarc ok.
A basic set of sorby or crown tools will do you really well. Any Shefield England steel, what ever the best price is.
I use alot of Thompson tools, but I would not go there at entry level.
Happy turning,

-- John

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#13 posted 02-29-2016 12:31 PM

Agree with Brad and Bill.
They are trying to get their full retail back based on the fact they didn’t use it but let it sit in a garage. No warranty, not at that price. And I’ve seen the HF unit that is essentially the same, in action. Horse of a beginner lathe. Same lathe, same head, same Reeves Drive, cheaper, warranty.

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#14 posted 02-29-2016 01:00 PM

The 1×12 tpi spindle makes this not such a good option. The HF 34706, which is a clone, would be a better choice with the common 1×8 tpi spindle threads. It will require some mechanical aptitude – it should be disassembled and cleaned, burrs removed, etc. That’s where I started with mine, read here. I have not had any issues with the reeves drive, and regularly turn up to 14-15” outboard, the max due to the 600 rpm min speed. The ability to pivot the head to the side is great when hollowing bowls – I don’t have to lean over the lathe bed.

Check out PSI tools Barracuda chucks and Benjamin’s Best lathe tools, as well as hurricane turning tools. These are very good tools for the hobbyist. You will also need a grinder and jig for sharpening.

I am within an hour of Springfield. PM me if you would like to see the lathe and set up.

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SignWave

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#15 posted 02-29-2016 03:02 PM


The 1×12 tpi spindle makes this not such a good option. The HF 34706, which is a clone, would be a better choice with the common 1×8 tpi spindle threads. It will require some mechanical aptitude – it should be disassembled and cleaned, burrs removed, etc. That s where I started with mine, read here. I have not had any issues with the reeves drive, and regularly turn up to 14-15” outboard, the max due to the 600 rpm min speed. The ability to pivot the head to the side is great when hollowing bowls – I don t have to lean over the lathe bed.

Check out PSI tools Barracuda chucks and Benjamin s Best lathe tools, as well as hurricane turning tools. These are very good tools for the hobbyist. You will also need a grinder and jig for sharpening.

- OSU55


I missed the spindle threads being 1×12, and I have to agree that this is a deal breaker. This is rare and will make finding accessories like chucks or face plates way too difficult. Yes, you can buy an adapter, but that’s a poor compromise as it won’t be as stable since you won’t be able to mount the accessories firmly against the base of the spindle like you should. I would not buy this lathe.

I also agree with the tool/accessory recommendations.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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