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Forum topic by Supafat posted 10-21-2010 05:39 PM 1462 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2010 05:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning question

Hey All,

I did something bad the other night. I have a Rand mini lathe, that i broke the tail stock the other night. I cannot seem to find the parts to fix it. So now i have to look to buy a new lathe.

I was hoping to upgrade my lathe in a couple of months like in march after i have been turning for a year. now i am in a pickle. I cannot afford to go out and by the Delta 46-455 that i was hoping to get in march of next year.

But if I but a new one now, will be hard for me to get a new one in a couple of months

So I could purchase another 149 dollar rand mini from harbor freight. I really do not want to get another rand because of the design, and it being loud.

So here is what i am looking at

SHOP FOX W1752 Mini Wood Lathe – $246.67

RIKON Mini Lathe, Item #832637 from Woodcraft – $349.99

Jet JML-1014I 10’’ X 14’’ Indexing Mini Lathe – $349.99

Excelsior Mini Lathe, Item #33207 from Rockler – 249.99

Please tell me your experiences with the lathes and which one you would recommend.


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#1 posted 10-21-2010 05:54 PM

I have the Excelsior from Rockler and it works very well. Now that I have been turning for almost a year, I do wish I had a little more power, and a variable speed that did not require moving the belt.

If I were you, I would just do without until March when you can afford the lathe you wanted in the first place.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 06:03 PM

I have a turncrafter from and I have compared it to the Excelsior mini. I love my lathe, although I do want to upgrade to a larger size.

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 06:16 PM

Hey if price is an issue, you can alway’s buy an old lathe of craigslist, or local New’s Paper AD. The old ones are better made and will outlast anyone you already have. Just an Idea. Hope you get a Lathe…

Thanks, MIchael Frey


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#4 posted 10-21-2010 10:36 PM

If you buy the Rand you will have the old unit (minus the tailstock) as spare parts if anything goes wrong on the new one. (Just don’t break the tailstock on the new one….)

Good luck with your decision and purchase.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 12-28-2010 11:03 PM

I ended up getting the Rikon. so far so good. Thanks for the feed back.

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#6 posted 12-29-2010 03:41 PM

I bought a used HF #34706 lathe for $125. I like it as it has a good size swing and bed. I was glad to see that a turner had one at a demo for the Dalton, GA turning club. My questions were answered to my satisfaction as he was very pleased with his lathe.

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#7 posted 12-29-2010 04:25 PM

The local Woodcraft here in TN is advertising a one day sale on January 8 on the Rikon for $297. Not sure if it applies elsewhere.

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#8 posted 12-29-2010 05:15 PM

If you are planning to stay in the MIDI range then I would suggest waiting a few months and get the DELTA 46-460. It’s quite a bit more but well worth the extra $$. I wish I had one. I currently have a Jet 1014VS that the speed control went out on a few days ago and I have been very happy with it since I bought it in 2004 until the controller died. If I was going to buy a new one I’d go with the DELTA because of the features it has over the others. I have several friends that have the 46-460 and Ive had a chance to try one out and it is very well made. I try to save a buck when I can but one thing I’ve learned is you get what you pay for and if you try to go cheap on power tools you’ll eventually regret it so why buy something twice. Quality tools are an investment.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#9 posted 12-29-2010 06:31 PM

I suggest you take a look at the various bench top lathe options from Grizzly.

I use a floor mount Grizzly (G0462) and I am very happy with it. I’m sure the mechanical parts in most of these bench top options would be as good I have on my floor mount. I think Grizzly is at the top of the list for good tools for a reasonable price.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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