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Forum topic by mrclutch24 posted 08-03-2016 04:09 AM 661 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2016 04:09 AM

I’m looking to purchase a new lathe that I will use to turn baseball bats. I have read the solid reviews for the 34706 model from Harbor Freight, but that only can hold a piece up to 33 3/8” which is about an inch too short for what I will need. Is there any way to extend that? Or what other lathe could you recommend for bats? I’m hoping to spend $350 or less.

I saw their 14×40 Model in the store today for only $150 but the reviews aren’t very good and doesn’t sound like it would be worth it.

Any advice?


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#1 posted 08-03-2016 04:22 AM

Maybe a Midi Lathe with an extension. That’s what I have. Works great.

Be careful with who you give a bat to. I made a little short toy one for a buddy’s son. First thing he did with was swat his sister in the head. Not good. I haven’t made one since. I made some wooden spatulas and gave one to a favorite niece. She swats her kids with it.

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#2 posted 08-03-2016 07:23 AM

You can make an extension from wood, google “wooden lathe extension”

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#3 posted 08-03-2016 12:11 PM

25 years ago I bought that lager Harbor Freight lathe to make base ball bats. Worked well for me. I still have the lathe but seldom use it.

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