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Topic tags/keywords: mini lathe turning

I have done mostly cabinet work and decided to try turning. trying to decide which mini lathe to buy. Does anyone have anything (good or bad) to say about the harbour freight mini lathes?

-- Tom, Ky.,

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#1 posted 1568 days ago

Hi TWD I just bought a 40inch lathe from harbor freight to get started in turning and it works fine. I’m just practicing not really making anything but for the money it seems good to me. Check the rockler website they are running a special on the mini and bed extension for 200. goor luck Jerryo

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#2 posted 1568 days ago

I would encourage you to also check out Grizzly lathes. I am very happy with mine and you can’t beat the prices.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 1568 days ago

I bought the one from Rockler that Jerry mentioned, and I’ve been very pleased considering the price. I didn’t want to make a big investment and then find out I didn’t enjoy turning. I’ll probably step up to a bigger and better machine one day, but this one seems to be pretty heavy and solidly built, and I’ve been very satisfied with it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 1568 days ago

I would recommend the midi lathe that penn state makes… I have had mine for over a year now, and love it.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 1568 days ago

I would get a larger one. You can turn pens and small things on a large lathe but you can’t turn large projects on a small lathe.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#6 posted 1568 days ago

The Excelsior from Rockler is on sale now and comes with a free bed extension for $209.98. If you order it online however, there is a $35.00 additional shipping charge but you still save almost $100.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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