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BigRudy2

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05-18-2018 12:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: beginner woodturning lathe woodworking

Hey guys, I’m 26 and looking to get back into woodworking (took many classes throughout high school) My first purchase I’m looking at is a Lathe machine. Looking for tips/suggestions on good machines for a novice such as myself. Preferably a smaller machine and reasonably priced. Thanks!


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#1 posted 05-18-2018 12:44 PM

If you have the room, the harbor freight 12×33 lathe is a great value. If you need to go smaller Rikon, Jet, and Nova all have models that seem to be popular, but they all go for more than the full size HF.

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#2 posted 05-18-2018 01:05 PM

Get a lathe with electronic variable speed.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 05-18-2018 01:39 PM


Hey guys, I’m 26 and looking to get back into woodworking (took many classes throughout high school) My first purchase I’m looking at is a Lathe machine. Looking for tips/suggestions on good machines for a novice such as myself. Preferably a smaller machine and reasonably priced. Thanks!

- BigRudy2

What’s your budget? Keep in mind that the tools and extras that go along with a lathe can sometimes double your costs for getting into turning.

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Woodknack

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#4 posted 05-18-2018 04:27 PM

I’ve owned 5 lathes, Delta 46-460 is the best mid size lathe i’ve used. Lots of power, nicely designed.

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

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#5 posted 05-18-2018 11:09 PM

https://www.pennstateind.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=SEARCH&q=lathe

Whatever you do get something with a true variable speed motor, not something you need to change pulley positions on. Just my 2 cents worth.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 05-19-2018 03:39 AM

Watching this thread. I want to own a full sized lathe, mostly for spindle turning, but occasional bowl turning also. I’m ones tight budget for now, so built a $40 spring pole/bungee lathe. It in combination with my little bench top lathe it’s kind of surprising how much I can accomplish – given enough time.

I’m always seeing cheap old craftsman lathes on Craigslist, and wonder if they’d be worth buying, as opposed to saving my lunch money for a nice newer model.

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#7 posted 05-19-2018 11:51 AM

For anyone wanting a full size lathe on a tight budget I cant recommend the HF 12×33 #34706 highly enough. The reeves drive prvides speed changing, ie variable speed, without changing pulleys. It helps to be mechanically inclined to cure some imperfections but nothing major. See my review here. Im still using it without issue.

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#8 posted 05-19-2018 12:14 PM

I agree with Rob and OSU above: I am on my second HF 12×33
and it serves me well in the hobbyist jobs that I do. a very good entry level machine.
even the $20 HF 8pc turning tool kit is a good entry level addition.
there is a reason you don’t see the used ones on C/L

.

-- Graduated Valedictorian from the University of HardKnocks --

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#9 posted 05-20-2018 06:50 PM

Thank you all for the responses you have been very helpful! I plan on going with the HF 12×33 seems like a good price for a good product. Any recommendation on tools?

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#10 posted 05-20-2018 07:16 PM

Thank you all for the responses you have been very helpful! I plan on going with the HF 12×33 seems like a good price for a good product. Any recommendation on tools?
- BigRudy2

Best bang for the buck is used, and they will often have accessories and tools as part of the deal – just stick with the known brands and shy away from the old tube type lathes unless all you want to do is spindles. As for tools and attachments, you might find this thread interesting: Woodturning On The Cheap - Tips and Tricks

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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OSU55

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#11 posted 05-20-2018 08:07 PM

Brad’s threading/glue block tip is great. If you decide you want a chuck, PSI Barracuda 2 or 4 keyed chuck is the best value out there. PSI has many other accessories I find to be geat values – not the best but get the job done for the hobbiest.

For chisels for the newb I recommend PSI Benjamins Best. Many say by the best one can afford, I say get the cheapest that works, and more of them (different sizes mainly). This covers 3 areas 1) learning how to sharpen without chewing up a $100 tool, 2) trying new grinds/angles without chewing up $100 tools, 3) trying different tools and finding what you like, not what someone told you to like. Once all the discovery is done and you need a new tool that became your favorite go buy the $100 tool. Hurricane tool has an equaivalent line also.

You will need to sharpen, And the Wolverine for gouges is the most popular ( for good reason). Any slow speed 8” grinder will work. ALox wheels to begin replace with the hi $ stuff when they wear out if needed. Some use bench belt sanders with the wolverine or similar jig

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MrUnix

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#12 posted 05-20-2018 10:18 PM

Just thought I’d reinforce the best bang for the buck is used mantra… I just got back home from picking up a Jet JWL-1236 lathe that is basically identical to the HF one pictured above, but a different color. Came with a Vega Pro lathe duplicator, Eagle talon chuck, steady rest, multiple tool rests, mobile base and a bunch of centers… was 5 minutes from my house, the seller and his son loaded it into my truck for me, and he threw in a couple of ratcheting straps for good measure :)


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Got it for less than half what the HF lathe alone cost. They are out there. You just have to look.

Cheers,
Brad
(who now has 5 lathes)

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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