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themaddriver

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01-21-2017 02:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe milling shaping

I am in the mood to start turning. Nothing big, but want the most bang and longevity. I have pretty much narrowed my options to a 12” mini lathe. I like the PSI and the grizzly versions. They are about $100 different. What are your opinions. Really just going to start with pens but can see making bowls in the future.

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AHuxley

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#1 posted 01-21-2017 05:21 AM

The Delta midi lathe 46-250 has long been “the” choice of midi lathe, the only issue is getting over the potential parts availability. It isn’t the cheapest midi but it is better than the vast majority of alternatives.

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#2 posted 01-21-2017 05:23 AM

Buy a variable speed, you’ll thank me. I’ve owned a Comet II and now a Delta Midi, the Delta is better on many levels. I’ve also owned 3 vintage lathes. Buy the Delta and it will last you awhile. Buy a cheaper lathe and in a year you’ll be looking to upgrade.

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#3 posted 01-21-2017 05:25 AM

I’d get one that has an affordable bed extension.

I have an old Record mini lathe. I’ve owned larger
lathes but turn so rarely I haven’t been able to
justify keeping them around due to the workshop
space they occupy.

If you at all have the room for an old Delta 12”
lathe or something like that, the toolrests are
easier to adjust and stuff like that on more full-sized
lathes. Little factors like that make for more time
turning, less fussing with the machine.

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Dave G

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#4 posted 01-21-2017 10:03 AM

I just don’t get why folks want to get the small lathes. I have extreme space limitations and still would not go without a long bed. I got a 36” They will still do precision work with the proper colette and variable speed. And I can do whole table legs without stacking smaller sections (a lot of work, by the way). If you’re expecting to do anything more than pens I would opt for a long bed.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#5 posted 01-21-2017 02:13 PM



The Delta midi lathe 46-250 has long been “the” choice of midi lathe, the only issue is getting over the potential parts availability. It isn t the cheapest midi but it is better than the vast majority of alternatives.
- AHuxley

+10
I have the 46-460 and love it! 12-1/2” swing gives me room to grow from spindle to bowls without having to replace the lathe. Nuff’ said…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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OSU55

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#6 posted 01-21-2017 02:26 PM

Most bang for the $ – HF 34706. Review here. Along with PSI Barracuda model scroll chucks and their Benjamin’s Best or Hurricane turning tools. Don’t forget you’ll need a sharpening system. If you have nothing, a wolverine or similar jig and an 8” slow speed grinder. Chucks aren’t necessary but make it faster, easier, more fun.

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JRsgarage

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#7 posted 01-21-2017 03:21 PM

i don’t turn any large items, but my jet mini 1014 has been pretty solid. i know many people upgrade to larger afterward but most seemed to have good things to say regarding 1014.

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#8 posted 01-21-2017 03:27 PM

I had a Jet 1014 with variable speed and a bed extension. It was terrific. After years, I sold it to a manager of a Rockler store and replaced it with a Jet 1221 with variable speed and a bed extension. Even better than the 1014. Consider the Jet – either size.

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#9 posted 01-21-2017 05:28 PM

I totally agree with this recommendation.
I would like to know which Barracuda chuck would be the best mult-ipurpose, general use, choice for a person wanting to spend on only one chuck?


Most bang for the $ – HF 34706. Review here. Along with PSI Barracuda model scroll chucks and their Benjamin s Best or Hurricane turning tools. Don t forget you ll need a sharpening system. If you have nothing, a wolverine or similar jig and an 8” slow speed grinder. Chucks aren t necessary but make it faster, easier, more fun.

- OSU55

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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OSU55

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#10 posted 01-22-2017 02:01 AM

2 or 4 depending on lathe spindle and how big you intend to turn.

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