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zazz

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896 days ago

Hello Lumber Jocks. i have a little bit of a problem, i want to buy a mini wood lathe, but some of the reviews are like 50 50 , I looked a Delta 46-660, and a Jet, and Grizzly, i have a large grizzley, that i would not give you a dime for. it stinks,
Anyway, can someone give me information about a mini wood lathe, that is in the price range of 600 to 700 dollars. and will perform without all the problems i have been hearing about. Thanks Folks, appreciate it
Zazz
robanthony101@yahoo.com

-- BOB ANTHONY


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Elizabeth

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#1 posted 896 days ago

I like my little red CarbaTec from Penn State Industries, but I haven’t tried any other brands really so can’t give you comparative reasons. It’s variable speed and does a great job for my pen turning.

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Bill White

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#2 posted 896 days ago

What’s the prob with the larger Grizz? I have the 1067Z, and it has been a pretty darned good lathe.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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zazz

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#3 posted 896 days ago

Bill, i have had aproblem with the speed control, for so long it;s not funny, seing that the warrenty is off, Gizzley said send the head stock back and we will repair it and send it back, of course to do all of this the cost of shipping both ways is like 250 bucks, Plus the cost of repair.
I tryed to find someone in Indiana to repair it, forget about it, there is no one in the entire state that knows what the hell i am talking about. Let alnoe repair it. It;s running like 1000 rpms, thats it…...

-- BOB ANTHONY

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Loren

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#4 posted 896 days ago

The Australians make some really fine mini lathes. They have some
sort of regulating body that sets a much higher quality standard.

Woodfast lathes have a good rep.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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dhazelton

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#5 posted 896 days ago

I have the JET mini with variable speed which is essential in my mind. I usually just leave the belt on one set of pulleys and use the speed control. Grizzly mini’s get spotty reviews. Harbor Freight seems attractive price wise but they use an odd size morse taper which makes finding accessories problematic. Check on craigslist first for a JET mini – a lightly used variable speed with all the goodies popped up after I ordered mine new – could have saved about three hundred dollars.

Or you could always rig up a DC motor from a junk treadmill to a second hand Delta or old Craftsman and be hundreds ahead. Harbor Freight sells a speed control for universal motors (motors with start capacitors like routers).

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hhhopks

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#6 posted 896 days ago

I buy, your lathe for a dime & I’ll pay shipping ;-)

Have you check the belts? Is it the right size and length?
Unless you have a variable drive, your motor should run at a set speed. Speed is then adjusted based on the placement of the belt.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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Scot

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#7 posted 896 days ago

I know 5 or 6 people that have the Delta and love it.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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zazz

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#8 posted 896 days ago

Thanks i will look up Jet on e bay

-- BOB ANTHONY

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dhazelton

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#9 posted 896 days ago

zazz, just when back and re read your issue. Can you buy the Harbor freight speed control ($35 ish) or one from Penn State and retro fit your Grizzly? You must have a DC motor in there already. Seems it wouldn’t be that hard, just have to bypass the control it already has and find a mounting solution for the new unit. And it meant ‘for motors withOUT start capacitors….

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dhazelton

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#10 posted 896 days ago

Oh, and nice thing about the Delta is that it has a reverse function, so when you sand the sawdust is thrown AWAY from you. About $150 more than the JET, but if you want that reversing function it’s your only option.

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TheDane

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#11 posted 896 days ago

zazz—I have a Delta 46-460 VS Midi … I love it. I have used Jet and General Intl mini or midi lathes, and neither hold a candle to the Delta.

I added the bed extension so I can do anything from pens to baseball bats.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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zazz

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#12 posted 896 days ago

Thanks gerry, i believe that’s the way i am going delta 1hp, with the reverse availability. thanks agin

-- BOB ANTHONY

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