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Forum topic by jkid posted 03-24-2016 12:34 AM 449 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jkid

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03-24-2016 12:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning question

Good Evening, does anybody know about or have an opinion on a ‘PSI Woodworking Commander 10” midi lathe ?
Variable speed 150 – 4100, 3/4 HP, around $400.00. Trying to buy my first lathe. Thanks for any information.


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#1 posted 03-27-2016 12:38 PM

I would look at getting the bed extension for $389.95 + $65 shipping but it’s your money buy what you want. Have no reviews here on this lathe but thought saw something on 12” version which is out of stock now.

https://www.pennstateind.com/store/TCLC10VS.html

Looking at Specs for this lathe think it runs 500 to 1800 & 1000 to 3800 RPM. You might have better luck with info at this site or reading old reviews at amazon.

http://www.penturners.org/forum/

-- Bill

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#2 posted 03-27-2016 08:05 PM

Thanks for the information, I think the 12” may be the way to go.. Thanks again

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#3 posted 03-27-2016 09:40 PM

I don’t have any specific info on that lathe. However I have two midis, Jet and Delta both 10 inch. The jet I have is variable speed and that is nice. It also has metal locking handles where the Delta is plastic. But both lathes really do the same thing. It depends on what you want to turn. You can do small lidded boxes, pens and things like that on a midi. A larger 12” lathe will do small bowls. The extension is only good if you want to do longer spindles.

-- Bill R

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#4 posted 03-28-2016 10:52 AM

You have to get on the waiting list for the 12” VS lathe. Have to contact them to find out when they’ll be back in stock or find another Turn Crafter vendor.

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

Delta, Comet, Jet, & Rikon all popular models but cost lot more. Some of those models go on sale from time to time.

Have no idea what OP wants to turn but with both lathe & bed extension on sale not a bad idea to pick up both. Specs say 18” between centers but how do they measure? How much do faceplate, drive center, & live center decrease that distance. A scroll chuck will definitely decrease that distance!

Actually cannot get 10” or 12” swing on either lathe! Your bowls size will actually be less in diameter. Swing is much less over the tool rest base too!

Most mini lathes have 10” swing and come with 1/2 HP motors except for Turn Crafter, PSI calls their lathe a midi! Most midi lathes today come with 12” swing & 1 HP motor except for the Comet!

-- Bill

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