|Forum topic by nubbin00||posted 04-26-2012 01:19 PM||1862 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
04-26-2012 01:19 PM
Good morning, everyone, it looks to be the start of a great day here and I hope it’s the same for you all. I need your advice and assistance if you’d be so kind. it’s time to upgrade to a new lathe so I’ve been doing a bit of online shopping the past few weeks and can’t if I should find a deal on a used lathe or bite the bullet and buy new.
First some background on me and my work: I’m an amateur woodworker and my main focus in the last few years has been turning. I currently have a 10” midi lathe with a bed extension from PSI – a good starter but the small size makes it limited and it doesn’t have variable speed. There is a good chance I may retain this lathe and use it to just turn pens and have a larger lathe for bowls and other work, haven’t decided yet.
My goal: To upgrade to a lathe that is at least 12”, has variable speed and runs on 110V. I also want to spend less than $2000. Simply put, I can’t justify a larger price tag since I’m not making money from woodworking. Right now this is just a very expensive hobby!
My research on new lathes (based on every review Google could find):
Grizzly G0462 – I keep coming back to this due to the price and the 16” swing but I have yet to see a really positive review for it. I have an ‘okay for now’ lathe already, I don’t want to upgrade to another one. Same goes for the Shop Fox version of this, they seem to be identical except for color.
PSI Turncrafter Commander – Basically and upgraded version of my lathe. 12” swing, variable speed, digital speed readout, etc. This was the first lathe I researched till I realized I had other options. Reasonable price and there’s a good chance the bed extension from mine may fit this model. PSI is constantly out of stock, though.
My research on used lathes (again, this is based on many nights of Googling):
Powermatic 45 and 90 – I honestly don’t know the differences between these 2 models and can’t find anything online. However, I’ve seen both for sale recently at very reasonable prices, sometimes for less than a new Jet. Both models have variable speed and a 12” capacity and they look like rock solid beasts. But where do you get parts if you need a repair? Where can you replace the bearings once they’re shot?
Rockwell/Delta 46-450 – Another really nice looking lathe, variable speed, 12” swing, heavy and stable (at least they seem to be). But, like the Powermatics, I’d be on my own for repairs and maintenance. The one I’m looking at on Craigslist is about $400 so it’s tough to ignore that price.
Well, there you have it, LJ. I welcome any opinions, advice, warnings, inside information, reflections, bragging or tales of woe from anyone and everyone who’s had experience with these lathes or any other. Sorry for the long post but I wanted to give as much detail and information as possible so you don’t go over the same ground I’ve already covered.
I thank you all in advance for your help and hope everyone stays safe.
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