|Forum topic by justinwdemoss||posted 744 days ago||1287 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
744 days ago
Let me start by saying that I know that there are other forums and websites specifically for turning. However, most of those places are filled with well meaning people that own high end lathes and have larger bank accounts. You guys have given great insight in the past and I value your thoughts. I currently turn on the HF clone of the Jet 1018, so a mini lathe, and I really enjoy what I am producing. Over the past year, I have begun selling pens, rolling pins, wine stoppers, small bowl, etc at art shows and on-line. I really like the idea of stepping up to larger and longer turnings and am in the market for a larger lathe, but don’t have the budget for something huge. Honestly, I need to keep it under $1000, and would feel better closer to $500. This has put me on to the used lathe market. Currently, I have a chance to buy a four-year-old Jet 1236 or an 18-year-old Delta 46-451 (Made in the USA). Both are very clean with low non-professional run times. The Jet is $450 from a private owner, the Delta is $575 consigned at a commercial tool company. It belonged to a gentleman that became ill shortly after purchasing and never really used it. It has been stored climate controlled and cleaned with new belts. Just to throw it out there, I have also considered the Grizzly G0462 and the Shop Fox 1758 (both the same machine) as new tools in the $700 range. I am concerned about their 600+ rpms for a slowest speed. I like the idea of larger diameter bowls, but also know that 600-700rpm rough bowls will walk those lathes across the shop.
I am asking for your thoughts on the idea of one of these lathes.
-- Justin in Loveland, OH