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03-12-2012 08:25 PM

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Hello All:

Does anyone have any experience with the lathe I linked below sold by harbor freight? The price is really tempting!

14” x 40” Lathe with 7” Sander

-- -- Ryan "Freedom Is Not Free"

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 09:04 PM

I’ve had one of those lathes since 1994, paid $90.00 with shipping to Georgia. I have no idea how many 100’s of legs I’ve turned on it and have had a duplicator on it since almost day one. It’s not a heavy duty lathe but I have turned some hefty 5 inch island legs on it. I use it now to turn only farm table legs.

Don’t expect it to behave like a more expensive Delta, Jet or PW. It’s made out of heavy metal and turns ok if you use the lathe with respect to what the lathe is all about. It’s not a solid turning lathe like the more expensive ones. I use a bigger name brand to turn anything for the cabinet shop.

If that one died on me I would buy another one just like it for a replacement.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 09:52 PM

Not to be a snot but, ya pays your money and ya takes your chances. From a guy who has a Grizz G1067Z VS. Oh well…...


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#3 posted 03-12-2012 10:32 PM

Thanks so much for the reply Bruce. I only plan on using it for a project here and there so I think I’m going to pick one up. Luckily I have a HF right down the street so no shipping charges.

Thanks again, I appreciate the feedback.

-- -- Ryan "Freedom Is Not Free"

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 10:50 PM

If you look at the reviews on the harbor freight website you’ll see that one gets some bad reviews, same all over on it. The 36×11 version gets significantly better reviews and might be the one you want to look at.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 10:50 PM

Thanks Russ. I’ll try to find that model now.

-- -- Ryan "Freedom Is Not Free"

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#6 posted 03-12-2012 11:58 PM

I think Rev. Russ is referring to this one:

It gets better reviews and has a cast iron bed and variable speed with the lowest speed 600 rpm. The speed is varied with a “Reeves drive” which is a pulley that varies in diameter by moving a lever. I had one for a couple years before I upgraded. The motor is a little weak so you have to make sure your tools are really sharp and take lighter cuts. It served it purpose for me and I learned a lot using it and also made lots of gifts.


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#7 posted 03-13-2012 12:27 AM

I have the one to which RevRuss and foneman are referring and can testify that it’s a good, solid tool. Catch it on sale, use a 20% coupon and pick it up for $189 ($215 or so now) as I did. If you’re not going to use it more than once-in-awhile, go ahead and get the less expensive one. Whichever one you get, this tool set is a great buy—


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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