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Forum topic by Andrew Betschman posted 07-10-2010 01:22 AM 2386 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2010 01:22 AM

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#1 posted 07-10-2010 01:49 AM

you should determine what you are interested in turning – bowls/hollow vesells require the mid to large lathes -pens, bottle stops, spindles and smaller items can be turned on a small pen to a midi lathe. I have both a large lathe and a small midi as I like to turn alot of different items.

If you want a smaller lathe…I would recommend you look seriously at the jet product…fairly inexpensive and most folks agree that they are the most quality for the buck. A very cheap alternaltive would be Harbor Freight, I have heard of folks having some luck with the Harbor Freight lathes (Harbor Freight = very cheap tools…some of their items are good deals…other are pure garbage). The price for the HF lathes are really good…and if you watch for them…they have lots of sales and discounts (20% off coupons come out alot). Rikon and Pennstate have dedicated pen lathes that are also quite well priced.

Mid lathes – Grizzly is a good one, and of course Jet.

Large Lathes – depends on your goals…they can run up to quite alot of money.

By far though when turning on lathes – the biggest expense are the turning tools, centers and chucks. I always recommend that you have a good set of centers, stebs preferable, and a top level chuck – PSI Barracuda or Technatool Super Nova II are the ones that I am used too.

For turning tools…those are personal preference – I make a lot of my own mostly…but when I bought them (whew are the expensive) – i would use only high quality HSS ones as the cheapo’s don’t hold an edge and can be dangerous (the cheap tool steel ones from China can chip or break and throw high speed missiles at you).

Most of all, make sure you get a really good face mask (one of the enclosed face mask with air filter systems is worth checking out (Like the Triton). Dust and flying debris is common in turning.

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#2 posted 07-10-2010 02:12 AM

The new penn state 12”vs is a great looking lathe check it out

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