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Woodworker_Collins

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755 days ago

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I am thinking about getting a mini lathe soon, i am still a beginner but i am not a complete novice i have done a few turnings in school before and i was just wondering in your opinion what is the best mini lathe for a beginner woodturner.

-- Adam, Ireland, http://www.youtube.com/user/AdamTheWoodworker


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joek30296

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#1 posted 755 days ago

Adam….I got a good deal on a Rockwell 46-250 off Craigslist about 6 months ago and have been very pleased with it. It’s only a 10”, 1/2 horse but plenty for my needs. Only paid $225 for it and the guy threw in a bunch of extras. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Jet 1014 and I think it’s probably in your price range.
The Delta 46-460 is not much more than you’re looking at and the reviews on it are fantastic.
Just my 2 cents.

Joe

-- "There are two theories to arguing with a woman....neither of them work"

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 755 days ago

http://www.axminster.co.uk/

Great lathes, I’ve two that are over

10yrs old and in constant use by

students.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Woodworker_Collins

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#3 posted 755 days ago

@joek30296
Thanks i will definetly take at look at thosE

-- Adam, Ireland, http://www.youtube.com/user/AdamTheWoodworker

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 755 days ago

http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-axminster-awsl-woodturning-lathe-prod785504/

Sorry Adam, I forgot to show you which one,

You could always pop over and try ours

we are in Ayrshire a short ferry trip away

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 755 days ago

The axminster that Jamie is talking about is one of a number of close-clones of the Jet 1014. You can find 1014’s used on craigslist every now and then in the price range you want. As for the clones, check them out to see where that label is cutting their corners. I have, and started turning on the Harbor Freight (Central Machinery) 10×18 mini. I got it on sale for about $150 two years ago and bought the extended warranty giving me two years of coverage for a total investment of under $200. (All jet lathes come with a 5 year warranty). The major difference between the Harbor Freight and the Jet is that the Jet has a 6 set pulley giving it 6 speeds with a low end around 500 rpms, and the HF has only 5 speeds starting low end at 750. Not a problem if you are turning balanced pieces, pens, and other smalls, but roughing bowls can get really wild at 750 rpms. Additionally, I know there is a great deal of support for HF lathes on this forum and I really like mine, but the step pulleys on the Jet 1014 are machined steel, while the HF are some type of polyurethane, and will likely not last anywhere near as long. Penn State Industries sells mini’s that are clones and they look good. Additionally, Penn State sells all sorts of add-ons like bed extensions, stands, and an electronic variable speed conversion kit. Penn State runs sales every month or two like 10-20% off or free shipping. Get on their email list.

Justin

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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David Kirtley

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#6 posted 754 days ago

That one that Jaimie pointed out is a pretty good choice to start with. Also, if the variable speed is within budget, it is a most useful option.

Do consider the bed extension though. being able to handle 36in or so does really expand the range of things you can make.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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justinwdemoss

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#7 posted 754 days ago

Penn State lathe bed extensions and the variable speed conversion will fit on the HF lathe. They are likely made in the same Chinese factory or copied from the same plans.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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404 - Not Found

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#8 posted 754 days ago

Hi Adam,

A lot of stuff the American LJ’s post is just not going to be applicable to you, here in Ireland.

I see you’re workshop is Lucan way, can you get yourself down to McQuillans in Blanchardstown and have a look at what’s on offer? You could always give them a call first if travelling is difficult. Ask to talk to one of the guys who looks after machinery, and let him know what kind of work you will be doing on it – your choice might be influenced by what sort of drive spindle or plate comes with the machine.
If you are going the internet shopping route, bear in mind that a large chunk of your budget will go on the courier because of the weight of the machine. You’d also have to ask yourself if you are happy to take a chance on something without seeing it first – always a danger when buying stuff off the internet.

Axminster’s machines are all made by reputable manufacturers and given a different paint job, so I wouldn’t rule them out, other places to look are www.raygrahams.co.uk up North who deliver free for orders over £100, or www.joemckenna.ie in Limerick

There’s also Donedeal.ie, you might get lucky there.

Avoid like the plague anything for woodworking made by SIP, quality is terrible. There’s a small Scheppach and there’s a small Jet that are within budget. If you could save up a little bit longer, I would go for a Record CL3.

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Woodworker_Collins

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#9 posted 754 days ago

@renners
Thanks a bunch yes i will definetly be going to mcquillans its a great store

-- Adam, Ireland, http://www.youtube.com/user/AdamTheWoodworker

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stefang

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#10 posted 753 days ago

I bought my son a Woodfast minilathe. The price was good and it had a lot of great great features including indexing with a simple spring loaded plunger on the headstock. You can buy it with pulleys to change speed or for more money you can get one equipped with variable speed. All the fittings were including the tailstock and banjo were well designed and worked real well and you can buy the SuperNova 2 chuck which will fit it without an adaptor. The only slightly clunky thing about it is the belt/pulley cover on the manual speed control model which takes a little more time than it should to open and close it. Maybe you could figure out a way to improve it. Otherwise I’m sure there are quite a few good mini-lathes out there that are also quite good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Abghfvj

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#11 posted 369 days ago

Sorry Adam as I know you already have a lathe but for other people looking for buying advice on a lathe, I have an axminster hobby series lathe which cost me €230 inc. delivery from the U.K. to Ireland and I have had it a few months and its a great lathe and it now comes with a 3 year guarantee so you can’t go wrong

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