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Forum topic by harriw posted 08-14-2017 04:11 AM 1183 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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harriw

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08-14-2017 04:11 AM

Hey folks,

Had to share a few pics of my new toy :) I’ve been avoiding going down a certain rabbit-hole for quite some time now, mainly based on the cost of all the necessary “stuff” that comes after the original purchase…

But a few days ago a buddy sent me a link to a craigslist ad… one thing let to another, and yesterady I brought this home:

It’s a Vicmarc VL100 (Australian brand) that had already been rigged with a DC variable speed setup. It was actually setup with a homemade vacuum chuck too – just need to add a vacuum pump. It also came with a One-way Talon chuck with #2 jaws, and a second set of spigot jaws for it as well. Also of course a spur drive and live center. And a whole pile of turning tools… I count 14 of them total, most of which are Robert Sorby. There’s a one-way “termite” tool in the pile too, along with a couple of crown tools, and several home-made tools. Paid $325 for everything. I know it was a pretty good deal given the cost of all those chucks, jaws, and tools (heck, there’s close to $400 here in One-way products alone). But it’s not really the price I’m excited about – I’m more excited that I found such a complete package to get me started. Of course the savings is awfully nice too :) But I figured if I’m going to take the plunge, this was probably the best way to do it. There’s a few odds-and-ends I need to pick up still, but I’m hopeful this setup should put me in good shape to start start exploring turning :)

I’ve got to get it mounted properly to one of my benches before I can really start using it, but I did clean up and wax the ways, stripped down, cleaned, lubed, and waxed the tail stock and banjo, and “turned” a scrap of walnut for 30 seconds just on principle :) Should keep me busy for a while :)

-- Bill - Western NY


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Rick_M

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#1 posted 08-14-2017 05:33 PM

You suck. Nice deal.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 08-14-2017 06:16 PM

Nice! and you do suck!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 08-15-2017 01:51 AM

LOL, just got one myself a Rikon 70-100 had to order a belt but everything else is ready to use now.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Gilley23

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#4 posted 08-15-2017 02:14 AM

One Heck of a package deal!

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harriw

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#5 posted 08-15-2017 04:17 AM

Thanks guys! It’s quite a bit smaller than I’d been looking for, but a buddy convinced me to start with a smaller lathe, and get used to catches, etc. there rather than starting out on something big that will throw things across the room. And at any rate, both the headstock and tailstock on this one have a Morse Taper #2 (with a 1×8 thread on the headstock), so ALL the accessories that came along with this one should transfer to a larger lathe easily if/when I’m ready.

Woodbutcher – that’s more the size I had in mind – I was looking for at least 12” swing for bowls and such. But this one should keep me happy for quite some time I imagine :)

-- Bill - Western NY

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Clarkie

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#6 posted 08-15-2017 10:41 AM

Nice little lathe. I had one for awhile, the original cost was over 2,000.00. The one thing that bugged me, I have arthritis in my hands, was the tool rest. If I was going to keep it much longer I would have gone with a straight roll tool post, that little lip annoyed my fingers for some reason. They no longer make that particular model, nice find.

Have fun, make some dust. I apologize for the upside down picture, usually someone straightens them for me.

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RichCMD

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#7 posted 08-15-2017 12:43 PM

I’d say you did pretty well. Nice setup to get you started.

-- Ride the bevel!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 08-17-2017 04:45 AM



Thanks guys! It s quite a bit smaller than I d been looking for, but a buddy convinced me to start with a smaller lathe, and get used to catches, etc. there rather than starting out on something big that will throw things across the room. And at any rate, both the headstock and tailstock on this one have a Morse Taper #2 (with a 1×8 thread on the headstock), so ALL the accessories that came along with this one should transfer to a larger lathe easily if/when I m ready.

Woodbutcher – that s more the size I had in mind – I was looking for at least 12” swing for bowls and such. But this one should keep me happy for quite some time I imagine :)

- harriw

Got mine for $50….......................

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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