|Forum topic by Crushgroovin||posted 02-08-2011 05:51 AM||2462 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
02-08-2011 05:51 AM
Hello Fellow Men & Women of the LJ’s
I took a Platter class at Woodcraft last December and fell in love with turning. I had done a little on my Shopsmith but nothing to get excited about. But that class just caught me hook line and sinker! After taking the Platter craft I found that my Shopsmith was not going to meet my needs. Besides it walking across the floor with most bowl blanks it was a pain in the butt if I wanted to cut, drill or sand something while turning. As a result I decided to chuck the Shopsmith and get individual tools. So far it has been great! I use my tools much more often now as there is no transformations required.
At first I tried the HF 34706 Lathe. I had a gift card that covered it and spent about 50 bucks coming up with solutions for known issues. But at the end of the day the tool rest issue just can’t be overcome to satisfaction. I also do not at all like Reeves Drives. A Reeves Drive is quite the marvel of technology with the gear getting smalle and larger to make the spindle go slower and faster. The problem is that even with the high quality replacement belt the belt slips when pressure is applied to the work. When making roughing cuts the blank would eventually slow to a stop an inch or so into the cut. That makes for some pretty rough looking cuts and it takes quite awhile longer. I used a non Reeves drive in my class so I know how nice the inversion controlled or other drives are to use.
I have done a ton of research and have settled on any of a few models. The problem has been getting one that is in my budget. So I thought I would reach out to the LJ’s community for help in my search. I can’t afford to pay more than $1,500 total with freight. I don’t care what kind of condition they are in, bunch of rust no biggy, no motor bring it on. I just have a champagne dream and an imported beer budget ;)
If you know or can find anyone looking to sell one of the following Lathes in my price range ($1,500 with freight) please let me know.
Vega 2600 Bowl Lathe
Thank you for your time and consideration!
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