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Forum topic by Les posted 10-23-2011 03:46 PM 1015 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2011 03:46 PM

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I pulled the trigger on the 12” x 33” HF lathe yesterday. I couldn’t pass it up for 199. It is a jet clone I guess as it looks and specs the same. Jet wants 900 for theirs. I am going to put it together today and try and find a place for it.

Question, Any good ideas for chip and dust collection? Seems like a problem, but thought several of you have been there and done that. If I put against the wall I have DC tubing right there, out in the middle is another thing.

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 08:33 PM

I bought that same lathe 2 weeks ago. Had to take it apart in pieces to get it into the basement workshop.
So far I have been letting the chips fall where they may…so-to-speek.
I picked up a new v-belt, just in case. Mostly I have been trying to learn how.
One thing is for sure…you need good sharp tools to do good turnings.
Mine is located against a wall that is directly inside the door. I thought about putting it on wheels but decided against it. Unlike most of the other tools, there is no need to push the stock through this one. I guess it is my first true ‘stationary’ tool.

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 01:08 AM

I got mine going today, seems like a lot of machine for the money. It is even painted “Grizzly Green” as I am sure the same plant in china makes them all. Since almost all of my shop is grizzly it fits in fine. I, as you found a spot for it and I played around with it. I have a lot of learning to do. LOL

I think the chips are going to fal where they may for a while.

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#3 posted 10-24-2011 01:31 AM

I love this lathe. Currently I’m just using a 20” box fan on high with a good filter on the back to suck and filter the dust. Most shavings are too big and will just fall to the ground, but during sanding this comes in very helpful.

One thing I would recommend though, although it could just be my lathe. The metal plates glued on the head that has speeds printed,power on/of,etc is sharp, and the glue seemed to come loose very quickly. I cut myself on the edges a few times and got tired of it. You may want to do what I did and use some thick tape like electrical on the edges of those plates to prevent cuts. Just my two cents.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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