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Forum topic by joshtank posted 02-17-2011 05:11 PM 1732 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2011 05:11 PM

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I know this message board has a few stereotypical types of posts. Here’s another one!

I saw this on Craigslist today. I don’t know the brand of the chisels, I left them a message about that.

so. he says an offer over $100. What works? is it worth it? I know a big deal is making sure the spindle is straight..

this may just become a ‘here’s what i think of Craftsman stuff’ post – and that’s fine too..


-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 05:19 PM

I don’t have any experience with that particular lathe, but assuming it is in working condition, a 1/2 h.p. lathe, 10 chisels, and a bench would be a bargain at slightly over $100. I’d offer $125 and see what happens.

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

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 05:29 PM

I received this lathe two years ago as a present from my uncle and love it. One issue that I have had with it is finding accessories for it (like a duplicator).

I don’t know all of the specs off the top of my head but, it does have an indexing head and variable speed from 875rpm to 3450 (I think) rpm.

I hope this helps, if you have any questions, feel free to ask and if I can answer, I will :)

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 06:24 PM

It will depend on what you want to use it for. Pens, bottle stoppers, and smaller things will be no problem. If you plan on doing bowls and larger than 3” diamater stock, I would shy away from it just for the 1/2 HP motor. As far as the tools go, just plan on keeping them very sharp and you’ll be fine. Accessories might be a bit tough to find, like Leon said, but it will all boil down to what you are going to use it for. Hope this helps. I’m with Charlie, $125 sounds reasonable.

-- All things are possible, only believe.

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 06:35 PM

Looks like it comes with 4 Sorby chisels, which are good ones and not
cheap. The chisels alone would cost you over $100 new, so if the
guy takes your offer, you’ve made a good deal.

(I can tell the Sorby’s by the handle shapes and button on the end –
they could be copies of Sorbys I guess, but it seems likely they are
good chisels in any case).

That type of lathe won’t do especially heavy work and you may grow
irritated by some of it’s adjustments, but for learning how to spindle
turn it should suffice.

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 06:54 PM

Honestly, I have never had a problem with the motor not being enough. I have turned bowls 8” diameter with no problem.
The adjustments are a pain as Loren stated, but it sure beats spending a ton of money on a new lathe.

Good luck!

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#6 posted 02-17-2011 07:30 PM

Bah! He called back and already sold it!

Oh well. Thanks for the input everyone!

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#7 posted 02-18-2011 02:23 AM

That is usually the kind of luck I have with Craigslist. The other is that buyers want to send me more money than I want in exchange for me sending them the balance: not likely.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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