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Forum topic by Ripper70 posted 02-26-2018 12:10 AM 2060 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ripper70

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02-26-2018 12:10 AM

Hey All,

I’ve been interested in trying my hand at turning and have been closely watching my local craigslist for a while now. There’s a person near me that’s selling the setup pictured below and I’m wondering if this would be a good place to start my woodturning adventure.

The lathe is a Grizzly G1495 and the sale includes all the tooling and chisels on the pegboard.

What amount would you think is sensible to pay for this setup. The appeal here, for me anyway, is the fact that it seems to have just about everything I’d need for quite a while. The idea that lathe accessories end up costing more than the machine itself has been giving me a bit of analysis paralysis on the whole subject of getting into this hobby.

As always, any advice is greatly appreciated.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo


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Loren

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#1 posted 02-26-2018 12:29 AM

As one lot, maybe $600. Maybe more. Some
of those tools look like Sorbys. I have some Sorby
stuff and while I suspect much of their appeal
is the aesthetic handles, the business ends are
decent. The chuck is nice to get and the double
tool rest.

The seller could get more by selling off the nicer
small stuff on ebay but probably doesn’t want to
go to the trouble.

The lathe looks pretty ordinary. Maybe it’s higher
end than it looks to me though. It looks like the
sort that does well for spindle turning and ordinary
bowls but will not do so well on more atsy things
like unbalanced hunks of firewood.

I don’t turn much but I’ve had several lathes.

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#2 posted 02-26-2018 01:01 AM

Ripper how much is he asking? That would be a good starting point.

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#3 posted 02-26-2018 01:38 AM

He’s asking $750, caboxmaker. The lathe is a3/4 h.p. Reeves drive type (I think) but there’s not a whole lot of info I can find on the G1495. Pretty sure it’s discontinued model.

I agree, Loren, that the chisels look like Sorby’s. Some of them at least. Looks like he’s got a few tool rests and the chuck, which I can’t really make out. I dunno. Seems like a marginally okay lathe but as a package it has some appeal.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#4 posted 02-26-2018 02:31 AM

Is that a big metal turning chuck? If so, you could probably resell it for a pretty penny. And what is the box and thing in the upper-mid left corner, just under the light? Did he maybe replace the wimpy motor and add a vfd?

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 02-26-2018 02:38 AM


Is that a big metal turning chuck? If so, you could probably resell it for a pretty penny. And what is the box and thing in the upper-mid left corner, just under the light?
- Woodknack

Not sure about the chuck. Can’t really make it out, though not sure why he’d have a metal lathe chuck on this machine. The box sitting under the light looks like a battery charger for some kind of cordless tool (Ryobi maybe). Probably not included in the sale. At least, that’s what I made it out to be.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#6 posted 02-26-2018 03:00 AM

Ah, you are probably right about the charger. edit, If it is the original 3/4hp, that’s too small IMO for a 14” lathe. I would replace with a 1.5 or better.

The chuck is pretty big.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 02-26-2018 03:20 AM

Looks like a decent amount of tooling which can vary wildly based on who it’s from. I would guess $250-$500 for the lathe alone depending on condition and included options.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#8 posted 02-26-2018 03:22 AM


If it is the original 3/4hp, that s too small IMO for a 14” lathe. I would replace with a 1.5 or better.

The chuck is pretty big.

- Woodknack

Is it possible to do that, to just swap out the motor? I’ve got a 1.5 h.p. Delta motor from a table saw sitting in my pile of stuff that I’ll never part with. Has a 110v/220v option.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#9 posted 02-26-2018 03:24 AM

Apparently, the lathe was once sold by Walmart. Had a $950 price tag.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#10 posted 02-26-2018 03:46 AM

Hmm. Just discovered that the spindle size is 1” x 12 TPI rather than the more common 1” x 8 TPI. That can’t be good, can it?

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#11 posted 02-26-2018 05:00 AM

Penn State sells spindle adapters.

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#12 posted 02-26-2018 05:02 AM

I have a lathe with 1×12 spindle, less common but no big deal. Just means you’ll have to buy a 1×12 insert for turning chucks.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 02-26-2018 07:05 AM


Is it possible to do that, to just swap out the motor? I ve got a 1.5 h.p. Delta motor from a table saw sitting in my pile of stuff that I ll never part with. Has a 110v/220v option.

- Ripper70

So, whaddya think, Rick? Is it as simple as replacing one motor with another? If so, it opens a number of possibilities that I hadn’t considered.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#14 posted 02-26-2018 08:01 AM

Judging by what I see in the manual, I would say yes. But I would have to look at it and your motor in person to know for sure. A motor is a motor is a motor, the only difference are the mounts.

http://cdn2.grizzly.com/manuals/g1495_m.pdf

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 02-26-2018 01:01 PM

The manual is available online. Its a good middle of the road lathe. Originally came with an extra tool rest and mount for outboard turning off the back of the headstock – up to 19” dia capability, but the reeves drive slowest speed is about 600 rpm so max dia of about 14”. Didnt list the swing I’d guess 12 or 14”. If all the parts are there and is good working order $500 for the lathe alone would be a good deal. A tape measure will get max length and swing. The motor mounts in the cabinet and the set up would lend itself to modifying for var speed fairly easily. Not enough detail on the other stuff to know what its worth. Check the reeves drive – should change speeds very easily while running without noise. Other than not going slow enough for large turnings reeves drives work well with a little maintenance. I’d offer $500 and go from there.

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