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Forum topic by jackthelab posted 12-05-2011 12:06 AM 1076 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2011 12:06 AM

I would love to find a lathe. Currently, however, I do not have the budget for a new one but I am excited about the possibilities of using one. I used one years ago but currently I do not have one. Anyway, does anyone out there have suggestions for what to look for in a used lathe? I would like something bigger than the “benchtop” models as I would love to learn how to turn bowls and have the flexibility of working with longer pieces. Any ideas on models, pricing, or anything else would be appreciated. THANKS!

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#1 posted 12-05-2011 01:02 AM

For a budget minded guy, I can think of CraigsList and Harbor Freight. Not too many lathes come up on the Tampa area Craigslist…..and what does is often overpriced or junk. A lot of guys like the HF unit like this:

......and it often goes on sale for $199. You’ll be able to sell it for not much less than that when you decide to upgrade.

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 02:01 AM

Have you considered a shopsmith?
They come up regularly on craigslist in my area.
They are fairly large so that might be a problem if you are short on space.
What’s good about a shopsmith is when you are not using it as a lathe it also make a nice drill press and a great horizontal boring machine.
Just my two cents on a cheap lathe. It is what I have turned all my bowls with.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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