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Greg cox

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02-27-2017 05:05 PM

Is there anyone that know’s where to order a 48” wood lathe at a reasonable price?I have been looking and all I have found are sky high on price.If anyone has any idea where I may find a used or new one at a good price please let me know.

-- Greg,Thomasville,alabama,http://www.tanya_smith_36784@yahoo.com


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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-27-2017 05:11 PM

... may I assume you want one of those newfangled electric ones?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 02-27-2017 05:20 PM

I don’t know what your budget is, but check out Grizzly at www.Grizzly.com
They make good lathes at a reasonable price.
If you can find a 70’s -80’s era Delta, they are good, decent lathes. I have seen them for around 300, which may seem like a lot for a used lathe, but the lack of supply keeps the prices up.
Avoid the harbor freight and northern tool lathes. Everyone I know that has bought one, has got rid of it.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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TheDane

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#3 posted 02-27-2017 06:44 PM

48” may be a little hard to come by … most are 44” or less unless you spring for an extension bed.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Greg cox

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#4 posted 02-27-2017 06:58 PM

I have two lathes a craftsman 36” can’t buy an extension for it and a old professional brand lathe 40” just need one longer.

-- Greg,Thomasville,alabama,http://www.tanya_smith_36784@yahoo.com

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Rick_M

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#5 posted 02-27-2017 07:36 PM

If you are trying to be cheap the only option is buy a vintage lathe but old ones that size are not very common. I see about 1 or 2 a year.

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Greg cox

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#6 posted 02-27-2017 08:06 PM

Well I’m not really trying to be cheap just wanting to save a little money.Paying $700 to 5000 dollars for a lathe is high. Just thought somebody may know a web site or wholesale tool house I may find one a little cheaper.

-- Greg,Thomasville,alabama,http://www.tanya_smith_36784@yahoo.com

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Wildwood

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#7 posted 02-27-2017 08:30 PM

If can find an old Conover lathe can make it as long or short as you like. Back in the day sold in different packages for little or lot of money. Have seen them with both wood and steel beds. They don’t come up for sale often so would travel to see! Many of the old iron lathes that big need heavy equipment to handle!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Conover-1987-Heavy-Duty-Wood-Lathe-Variable-Speed-240-Volt-Single-Phase-/282249371021?hash=item41b75f9d8d:g:8XMAAOSwxN5WVbqM

http://www.woodcentral.com/woodworking/forum/classifieds.pl/md/read/id/18430/sbj/conover-lathe-for-sale/

http://bedair.org/ConoverLathe/Conoversold.html

-- Bill

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Leo Van Der Loo

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#8 posted 02-27-2017 08:47 PM

Try to find a used Conover lathe, you can basically make them as long as you please, they are a good quality lathe as well, though a little hard to find.

-- Have fun and take care

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jimintx

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#9 posted 02-27-2017 08:56 PM



I don t know what your budget is, but check out Grizzly at www.Grizzly.com
They make good lathes at a reasonable price.
If you can find a 70 s -80 s era Delta, they are good, decent lathes. I have seen them for around 300, which may seem like a lot for a used lathe, but the lack of supply keeps the prices up.
Avoid the harbor freight and northern tool lathes. Everyone I know that has bought one, has got rid of it.
- KDO

The Harbor Freight 34706 is not a contender here in the first place – it only claims a 33-3/8” length. However, there are quite a few people on this site, and many other woodwork sites, that find them to be very good value and perfectly fine lathes. A quick scan of the lathe reviews within Lumberjocks will show that.
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-- Jim, Houston, TX

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hairy

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#10 posted 02-27-2017 09:41 PM

You might want to think about building a bed extension for what you have.

Here’s 1 example. http://lumberjocks.com/CartersWhittling/blog/27811

-- My reality check bounced...

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Leo Van Der Loo

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#11 posted 02-28-2017 01:24 AM

There happens to be a Conover for sale, or was, just ask the seller.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/142770

-- Have fun and take care

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papadan

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#12 posted 02-28-2017 02:10 AM

Build on to the 40” lathe you have.

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marc_rosen

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#13 posted 02-28-2017 02:30 AM

Hey Greg,
A friend of mine “extended” his lathe to 72 inches by mounting his tailstock on a shelf he attached to an adjacent wall. It looked odd but he lined everything up and was able to turn some nice spindles for a bed . I remember asking him why he had his tailstock “on that shelf” and he went ahead demonstrating that is was his “long bed lathe”.
I don’t know if this could work for you but I wanted to pass it along. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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Wildwood

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#14 posted 02-28-2017 01:40 PM

Another jewel If can find a used Vega 1596 might be the ticket for you.

http://www.irsauctions.com/teasers/19418/images/335501A.jpg

A new one with copier & cutters will set you back a lot, but without that stuff price not that bad.

http://vegawoodworking.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Vega-Enterprises-Price-List-20141.pdf

-- Bill

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