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Forum topic by NoviceWoodworker posted 06-17-2012 04:16 PM 3322 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NoviceWoodworker

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06-17-2012 04:16 PM

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I want to learn to turn pens and am searching for a suitable lathe. I’ve been looking at many different kinds and believe I have narrowed it down to a couple. One is the Basic Pen Making Starter Set with Turncrafter Commander 10” Multi Speed Midi Lathe, and the other is the Excelsior mini-lathe from Rockler. If I get the Turncrafter lathe, I get some chisels, as well as supplies to turn a few pens. If I get the Excelsior, I have to purchase these separately, but am willing to do so for a decent lathe. If anyone owns either of these and can provide some feedback on their thoughts and experiences, that would be great. Thank you.


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Bobmedic

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 08:03 PM

Look at the Rikon 70-100 or the variable speed model that is also available. I have the 70-100 and like it a lot. I wish it was VS but changing the belt for speed changes isn’t that big of a deal

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#2 posted 06-19-2012 09:31 PM

You’re gonna get caught in the turning vortex. Just don’t buy too small, and figger that you’ll spend a zillion bucks on additional stuff.
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#3 posted 06-19-2012 11:39 PM

I’ve had a Turncrafter Pro for 5 years, and have absolutely no complaints. The new Commander VS is what I’d buy today. It has a 12” swing and variable speed. Allow yourself room to grow. I also bought the bed extension and glad I did. Good luck!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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Granddaddy1

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 11:39 PM

I’ve had a Turncrafter Pro for 5 years, and have absolutely no complaints. The new Commander VS is what I’d buy today. It has a 12” swing and variable speed. Allow yourself room to grow. I also bought the bed extension and glad I did. Good luck!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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