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Forum topic by moke posted 03-11-2016 07:32 PM 2273 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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moke

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03-11-2016 07:32 PM

I’ve been watching the reviews and have not seen one, so I guess I’ll ask….
anyone buy a Laguna Revo 18-36 yet? I have been watching this with interest and I see they are 10% off nation wide now. I want to buy it from my friends at the local store…and there would be no shipping that way too….
Any one have one they can comment on how they like it?
Mike


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#1 posted 03-11-2016 08:44 PM

Saw a promotional video online few years back. Like you have not seen any reviews from owners.

http://www.lagunatools.com/lathes/18-36#

http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/all-new-laguna-revo-1836-lathe/

Looking at the specs & video like what I see. If needed a lathe would be tempted if could get it on sale.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 03-12-2016 02:29 AM

I did not buy one but did go to Laguna’s showroom in Southern CA. I spent about 1 hour with their service tech who was explaining all the features on the REVO 18-36 lathe. Then I went to the closest WoodCraft store where the sales guy allowed me to plug it in and play with the controls (did not turn any wood). It runs super smooth. I was going to buy one but ended buying an used Powermatic 3520B on Craigslist. My opinion is the REVO 18-36 is a well made lathe.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 03-12-2016 03:12 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hOyF3Uo_Hs

Only complaint, the controls are reversed, Forward means reverse and + means slower …

-- PJ

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#4 posted 03-14-2016 02:43 PM

Thank you for the responses….
Mike

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#5 posted 03-16-2016 05:21 PM

Well, I did the deed today….I ordered one…...while I am excited, I am poor!!!!
There is an awesome review on You Tube-ToolMetrix…..It was one of the reasons I did it…..that and there was 10% off!

Mike

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#6 posted 03-16-2016 06:34 PM

Mike … One of the guys in my turning club got one when they first came out . So far, he says his experience has been terrific and hasn’t felt the need to contact Laguna CS.

-- 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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#7 posted 03-16-2016 06:38 PM

Congratulations and best of luck with your new lathe!

-- Bill

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#8 posted 03-16-2016 06:56 PM

Gerry,
I believe you had a Delta like mine (46-460 with bed extension) before you got your new lathe…..did you sell it? I have a small Rikon 70-100 that I use for a Beall Buff….Do you see any reason to keep it?

Mike

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#9 posted 03-16-2016 07:03 PM

Gerry, I believe you had a Delta like mine (46-460 with bed extension) before you got your new lathe…..did you sell it?

Yup … bought it five years ago and sold it for about what I paid for it. I bought a Nova 2024 DVR and didn’t have room for the Delta in my shop. The buyer didn’t want the chucks and accessories I had accumulated, so I bought a spindle adapter so I could use all of that stuff with the new lathe.

-- 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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#10 posted 03-17-2016 02:41 PM

If you haven’t bought it yet check out this review. It seems like a good lathe as the guy who posted the review is not a rookie turner. — http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?241930-A-Hands-On-review-of-the-Laguna-Revo-1836

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#11 posted 03-18-2016 06:31 PM

Like you, I like what I see in the Laguna Revo 18/36 and am debating between it and the PM 3520B. If it wasn’t for the additional $1500 to get into the PM I would go that way. Alas, money is always an issue. I will be highly interested in your future comments and/or review of this tool. Perhaps you can help me feel more at ease buying from Laguna.

-- "Cut it two times, it is still too short"

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#12 posted 04-07-2016 04:51 PM

Update:
It came this morning!!! I waited 3 weeks or so, it is a beast, the wheels are in a 98lb box and the lathe is in a 457 lb box. ( I feel my back beginning to hurt now)

I assemble it and turn it on tonight…more to follow…

Mike

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#13 posted 04-09-2016 05:44 PM

I put the lathe together two days ago. I only briefly used it though. I have used my friends lathes in the turning club, including Powermatics, and I have to say, so far…. I think this is smoother.

Assembly is not for the weak….it IS a beast and heavy. It was relatively easy to assemble, and the fit and finish was very good to exceptional. I have to say that the wheel set did not come with instructions and the lathe instruction book seemed to cover all other accessories except the wheels, but it was not that difficult to figure out. All in all, while it was heavy, ( I was just a little sore the next day) but easy enough to put together.

The lathe appears to be very well designed, very smooth, and has lots of small conveniences, so in my mind, it is well engineered…now I have to say that the controls seem backwards…..you turn the pot towards the minus symbol to speed it up and the switch for forward and backward is odd too….my friend that helped me put it together is an engineer and had an explanation for it, that somewhat escaped me…so I used my label maker and put new symbols over the existing. Also the wheels work well too. For a 500 lb plus lathe it rolls incredibly easy. My only criticism of them is that the lever to engage/disengage is kind of an ankle buster.

To some it all up, if you are considering a new lathe…..in my mind, this is it!!! Go for it MTwoodwrkr!!!

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#14 posted 04-09-2016 10:47 PM

As I said before, the controls are reversed, but the buyers are satisfied and thats what counts.

-- PJ

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#15 posted 04-10-2016 04:15 AM

Glad you like your new lathe.Lets see some pics.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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