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Forum topic by CovenantCreations posted 02-26-2011 01:33 AM 684 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CovenantCreations

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02-26-2011 01:33 AM

Hi there, I have a budget of about 5-600 for a new lathe, and was looking at this Grizzly I like the fact that it has a rotating headstock and 2 hp. It seems to be of good quality. Any others like this in my price range that are good? Grizzly seems to have their act together, although I have not bought anything from them yet. Let me know what you think. Thanks


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#1 posted 02-26-2011 05:20 AM

I own that very lathe and I have been very happy with it. I wrote a review on it a while ago and I encourage you to read that review.

My only problem was that the original belt was not up to the job and broke down quickly. I went to a local hardware store and bought a better belt and have had no problems since.

It’s solid, dependable and simple. Simple is a good thing.

The 2 hp is a very good thing. The rotating head stock is, IMO, of minimal value. One would normally use the rotating head stock for turning bowls that are too big to be mounted conventionally. Well, for a bowl that big, you really need to get the RPM low. Be advised that you cannot get the RPM on this lathe much lower than 500. That is true of any lathe that does not have electronic speed control.

b.t.w. – You can also slide the headstock to the end of the tail stock end of the bed and mount a bowl of the end. My intuition tells me that would be more stable but I have yet to go beyond a 12” bowl.

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

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 05:44 AM

I just bought this lathe and I just got it on wednesday.This is the first time I have touched a tool to a piece of wood and I can say I am pleased with the build of the machine. I really havent done anything but make a few chips but the machine seams well worth the cost to me.

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CovenantCreations

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#3 posted 02-26-2011 06:27 AM

Good to hear guys. Ive been looking over the web, new and used, and havent found something that can beat the value and quality of this one, for what I need. I think I will go with it, unless I find something else in the next week or so.

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 07:47 PM

As an FYI -

The original belt is metric (and wimpy). At the local hardware I got a belt with the code 3L240. It’s a little heavier and it fits right. As the belt wears, the lowest possible speed will be higher. When I first put this belt on the lathe I could get down to 500 RPM. Today, after about a year of regular use, I can only get down to about 600 RPM. When I have a need for a really slow speed, I will replace the belt again.

With the original belt, my lowest possible speed went from about 600 to 900 in a couple of months.

The Reeves speed control system is always hard on belts.

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

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