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Jack Lewis

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07-12-2016 07:30 PM

Yesterday I ordered the Grizzly G0766 22” x 42” lathe. Not the process of retooling chucks and re thinking my planning processes begins. I had the G0462 which refused to turn at slower speeds (Min. was 960 RPM) and that was scarey at best and probably dangerous when trying to rough a larger blank into round not to mention chasing it all over the shop. I can probably use the old one for a boat anchor, kidding. I have the good fortune of keeping all my chucks except the original one bought with the lathe in the same family. I will have to spring for a larger Longsworth jaws to accommodate the bigger capabilities of the 0766. But first a new 220v circuit dedicated to it and the new A/C unit has to go into the shop.

I thank all the reviews here and elsewhere of this machine. There was so little negative comments that I feel confident this will be my last upgrade.

So looking forward to posting my first completed project here.

-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"


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Jimbo4

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#1 posted 07-13-2016 05:18 PM

Mini-Split A/C is the only to go ! Plus – congrats on the new “toy”. ;o)

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bonesbr549

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#2 posted 07-13-2016 05:24 PM

congrats on the new tool Post a good review we love new toys even if they are someone else’s :)

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AZWoody

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#3 posted 07-13-2016 05:56 PM

Congratulations on the new toy. And I know you’ve been needing that for a while.

I guess you’re going to be needing a lot more wood to test that thing out aren’t you? Haha

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richimage

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#4 posted 07-13-2016 07:12 PM

+1 on the mini-split system – it’s so efficient at especially cooling/dehumidifying….. Congrats on the nice new lathe – I just sprung for a Tent Sale G05132XB – worth the repair!

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#5 posted 07-13-2016 10:21 PM

Congratulations on the new lathe. Look forward to seeing what you make with it. Hope you enjoy it.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Jack Lewis

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#6 posted 07-13-2016 10:52 PM



Congratulations on the new toy. And I know you ve been needing that for a while.

I guess you re going to be needing a lot more wood to test that thing out aren t you? Haha

- AZWoody


Yes, come payday I will be visiting you again. Did you catch my warning about CA Ag. checkpoint on I40? CA statutes do not allow firewood into CA. Damn, quit selling firewood!

-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"

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Jack Lewis

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#7 posted 07-23-2016 03:20 AM

All my glorious expectations were dashed when the lathe arrived with damage because of faulty packing. The cast iron legs were bolted together and supposed to be bolted on top of the bedways. Somebody in charge of QC somewhere failed to assure the bolts were tight and the heavy legs vibrated during transit scaring the bedways in several places. And also the vibration scarred and scuffed paint on tailstock and the legs themselve. Grizzly tech. solution was to return the bedways and replace. Not acceptable, or practical since I was the one responsible to re-crate the whole package. I was hesitant to repair it myself until they had made such a stupid decision. Done now and waiting on power hookup.


Yesterday I ordered the Grizzly G0766 22” x 42” lathe. Not the process of retooling chucks and re thinking my planning processes begins. I had the G0462 which refused to turn at slower speeds (Min. was 960 RPM) and that was scarey at best and probably dangerous when trying to rough a larger blank into round not to mention chasing it all over the shop. I can probably use the old one for a boat anchor, kidding. I have the good fortune of keeping all my chucks except the original one bought with the lathe in the same family. I will have to spring for a larger Longsworth jaws to accommodate the bigger capabilities of the 0766. But first a new 220v circuit dedicated to it and the new A/C unit has to go into the shop.

I thank all the reviews here and elsewhere of this machine. There was so little negative comments that I feel confident this will be my last upgrade.

So looking forward to posting my first completed project here.

- Jack Lewis


-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"

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MacNut11

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#8 posted 07-24-2016 11:36 PM

Did the legs actually cut into the cast iron way or just scuff the surface? I would not be too happy either.

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Jack Lewis

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#9 posted 07-25-2016 03:12 AM

The legs cut into the outside edges of the ways. It was enough that the head and tail stock was difficult to skide over the spots (3). Grizzly’s response was to have me send the bedways back for a replacement. Gawd, I hate to thing what freight back and a replacement would have cost them. And that is not considering me having to take the lathe apart, recrate and reassemble when a replacement arrived. I wound up taking a smooth file to remove the displaced metal, beveled the inside and outside edges of the ways and finished off with some 2000 grit wet/dry paper. Re oiled with silicone spray and all seems satisfactory at this point. I don’t have power yet so operation tests have still not been done. I am still waiting for touch up paint. If at that time there is more that goes wrong, I will be having them replace a faulty head stock if necessary.

-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"

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MacNut11

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#10 posted 07-26-2016 03:08 AM

That’s a darn shame. My wife and son bought me a HF lathe last Winter and my son and I unboxed it and we assembled and not a scratch to be found. One would think Grizzly would crate theirs up a little better than that. I hope all is well when you fire it up.

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moke

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#11 posted 07-27-2016 05:28 PM

Jack,
Congrats and condolences all at once. You must have gone from happy to pi$$ed in .05 seconds. I recently bought the laguana 18-36 and had considered that one too. It looks like a nice unit. I bought the Laguana becasue my local tool store could get it and they have a tommy lift and pallet truck. I knew the driver and was confident everything was going to be ok. Unfortunately this story seems kind of common on this site, and that is why I paid a little more and went this route. At my business, I get shipments most days, and it is common to see foot prints on small boxes…...I just believe shippers don’t care.
At any rate….I hope you enjoy the lathe. The sliding headstock is really quite the nice feature. I always felt on my previous lathe I was not really enjoying myself because I felt so awkward when hollowing. I was not as lucky as you, as my chucks needed all new adaptors or inserts. And as for the new longsworth…who doesn’t want a bigger set of jaws anyway?
Congrats again…let us know how it all comes out.
Mike

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Jack Lewis

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#12 posted 09-10-2016 01:57 PM

UPDATE on G0766 lathe!
The spindle lock system is a small tool the size of a quarter inch bolt about 2.5 inches long and matching holes in spindle and head casting that resides at 7 o’clock position. When you insert the lock to remove a turning, (which generally requires both hands and full attention), gravity naturally drops the tool out and it totally disappears into the shavings on the floor or into another dimension, can’t tell which. Getting replacements, $2.50 a piece and 12.00 postage. This time when it disappears I will have attached a foot long bright yellow ribbon to follow it to the next dimension.

Head and tail spindles are spot on. Variable speed is perfect down to 40 RPM minimum. Don’t think it has much power at that speed but good for marking, etc.

Made a secondary ON/OFF controller with magnetic base for the opposite end of the bedways with a large panic off paddle. Simple, just the switch, a plug to power and a socket for the lathe!

-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"

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