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Forum topic by Sawdust2012 posted 05-04-2016 07:45 PM 896 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2016 07:45 PM

On paper, I cant figure why this isn’t more popular. Does anyone have any experience with this lathe. There are reviews here, but they are over 5 yrs old. Thanks for your help!

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#1 posted 05-04-2016 11:23 PM

I don’t have any experience with it, but I imagine the price has a lot to do with it. I’d have a hard time parting with $800+ when I can get this for less than half.

Some of the reviews I read said the variable speed controllers tended to burn out. ¯\(ツ)

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#2 posted 05-05-2016 10:53 AM

General tool company has become another tool importer and don’t think they spend enough money on advertizing or US vendors. At one time they had quality wood lathes now just another importer.

At $830 US without free shipping with ¾ HP verus 1 HP not much going for it other than swiveling head stock!

No wonder Delta, Jet, and Rikon more popular.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 05-05-2016 05:30 PM

I agree mostly with Bill here, but to compare it with that Harbour freight lathe as HapHazard does, is quite a ways off IMO.

Yes they had an issue with the controllers on the first ones, but that was looked after right away.

A cheap reeves drive with a 600 RPM or higher lowest speed is no comparison to a VFD and a 300 RPM low.

also the fit and finish is much better than on those HF ones.

Expensive ??, well maybe you get what you pay for ?

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#4 posted 05-06-2016 11:13 AM

At $830 US without free shipping with ¾ HP verus 1 HP not much going for it other than swiveling head stock!

- Wildwood

Apparently you can also add on as many bed extensions as you want too, but, at about $8.25/inch, the bed extensions aren’t cheap either.

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#5 posted 05-06-2016 11:52 AM

There is a major difference in product quality, the General lathe and equipment are of a higher quality. The General International lathe and equipment are not of the same quality and are not made in the same place. As far as the small lathes are concerned, I really don’t hear anyone raving about their quality or performance. Seems almost as though they mostly go to the turners who are satisfied with making pens and cane tops etc. Then you have to consider that in most cases it is the craftsman behind the machine, and not the machine all the time. I had an old friend who had mostly in-expensive machines in his shop, but with his ability it didn’t really matter, he was very good at his trade and turned out some great things with a minimal amount of tooling. Harbor Freight will always offer in-expensive and very cheap tools, but the price paid for shoddiness is soon forgotten by the frustration they produce. Have fun, make some dust.

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