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Hockey

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04-21-2017 12:51 PM

Curious about the Harbor Freight Mini lathe 65345. For those who have one or have used one, please comment on the larger items you have turned on them. Any issues with larger items, such as bowls?


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#1 posted 04-23-2017 03:06 AM

could you provide a picture, what is the capcity of the lathe, is it 8” x 12” or 10” x 18 “

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#2 posted 04-23-2017 03:11 AM

That’s the 10×18 one.

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#3 posted 04-23-2017 03:24 AM

I just started using one recently, mostly I was practicing on 2×4s. I did get a maple log about 6” in diameter and curt down to about 16” long it was heavy and had a slight curve. I used the face plate instead of centers because it was big and out of balance. because it was out of balance it walked the lathe all lover, I had to block the lathe to keep it in place. once I started turning and remove wood the vibration settled down. the more wood u remove the more balanced it gets. try to remove wood from high spots first. This had a lump on one side where a branch broke of and healed over, once I got that nocked down thing ran more smoothly. Hope this helps

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Hockey

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#4 posted 04-23-2017 03:26 AM



could you provide a picture, what is the capcity of the lathe, is it 8” x 12” or 10” x 18 ”

- Karda

Thanks, Karda. It is 10×18, 1/2 Hp. I guess I should have been a little more descriptive.

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Hockey

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#5 posted 04-23-2017 04:16 AM

Thanks again, Karda. Were you using the lowest speed with that large peice you described? According to the Harbor Freight website, the lowest speed is 750. The speed was one of my concerns. I wonder if you would have had the same problem (lathe “walked”) had the lathe had the capability of reducing the speed to 500 or less rpm.

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#6 posted 04-23-2017 04:24 AM

Bolt it down to the stand, and add weight if needed. All lathes will try to walk when spinning unbalanced pieces. The little light weight mini’s even more so.

Cheers,
Brad

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#7 posted 04-23-2017 05:09 AM

That’s a decent lathe. I have the Rockler version and like it very much. It’s a minor pain to adjust speeds, but I’ve gotten used to it. As long as you’re ok with the size limit, it is a good lathe for the money.

Lyle Jamieson has some videos on how to mount a log so that it’s balanced, if this is a concern.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#8 posted 04-23-2017 05:11 AM

the lath wath walking side ways on the table so I screwed block next to the feet, end of problem

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#9 posted 04-23-2017 02:49 PM


That s a decent lathe. I have the Rockler version and like it very much. It s a minor pain to adjust speeds, but I ve gotten used to it. As long as you re ok with the size limit, it is a good lathe for the money.

Lyle Jamieson has some videos on how to mount a log so that it s balanced, if this is a concern.

- SignWave

Thanks. Does your Rockler have the same two lowest speeds of 750 and 1100? I’m am actually most interested in the safe and practical size limit on turnings of a lathe this size.

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#10 posted 04-23-2017 04:07 PM



Thanks. Does your Rockler have the same two lowest speeds of 750 and 1100? I m am actually most interested in the safe and practical size limit on turnings of a lathe this size.

- Hockey


My lathe has speeds of 760, 1100, 1600, 2200 and 3200 RPM. I think the speeds are reasonable for a lathe this size. The smaller the diameter, the faster you can turn (and will want to turn).

The maximum size you can turn on this lathe is about 10” in diameter, but that assumes it’s already round when you mount it. If you’re starting with a rough blank, then that’s the max diameter of the blank, and the bowl will be smaller by the time you true it up. Something closer to 8”max is what you’ll end up with, in most cases. This is pretty small for a bowl, as far as lathes go.

When I first got it, I mounted some blanks poorly and didn’t have a good surface for the lathe itself (it was sitting on a bench), so I had some issues with balance even at the lowest speed. Since then, I have learned to balance a blank before mounting. I also made a cart that has a slight recess for the lathe feet, and I don’t have issues with it moving around any more.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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Hockey

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#11 posted 04-23-2017 05:19 PM

Thanks for the information, Barry.

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#12 posted 04-23-2017 05:42 PM

I’ve had that lathe for awhile now. It has held up very well and I have done a lot of turning on it but no bowls so far. The speed ranges it offers will work for any turning you do within it’s capacity.

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Hockey

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#13 posted 04-24-2017 12:41 AM

Thanks, eflanders.

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