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Forum topic by WTTN16 posted 08-19-2012 02:36 AM 1749 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2012 02:36 AM

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I need advice. I was at my local pawnshop today and i saw a full-size Tool Shop wood lathe. I talked to the owner and he said i could have it for $80. Now my problem is that i have used Tool Shop products before and they are generally very low-quality. thats what i get for buying Menards generic cheap tools. But passing up an $80 full-size lathe is hard. Ive never used a lathe but i really want to learn. Does anyone have this lathe or know anything about it? I would appreciate any info and advice

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#1 posted 08-19-2012 02:46 AM

I too got burned by buying Tool Shop tools from Menards. Thank goodness they have an easy return policy. I brought them all back for a refund.
In this case, I don’t know what you mean by “full size”. Give us a hint of the swing size and bed length. How old is it, what condition visually, bench or stand alone. Then we can give you an opinion.
My first inclination is to go for it if it’s in working order, but be advised a lathe can be a very dangerous piece of equipment if it’s not up to snuff.

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#2 posted 08-19-2012 03:48 AM

not worth the metal it’s made of

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 03:50 AM

My advice would be to let it go. I say this without knowing what it was worth brand new, but my experience with Tool Shop is not good. You don’t need top-of-the-line tools to make good projects, but they should at least be well made. My guess is the tool rest adjustments are crap, the motor is garbage and the bearings won’t make it more thane a few years with decent use. If you do buy it, and you end up using it a lot, expect to upgrade in a few years.

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#4 posted 08-20-2012 02:02 AM

A lathe is a simple tool. Roy Underhill and Don Weber make them out of wood scraps and power them with their feet. If this thing makes wood go around without catching fire, it’s good for the money. More important are the turning tools you buy and even more important is how you sharpen them. This set has been generally regarded as a fine buy.

Get a 20% off coupon from many magazines and you have them for about $35. Good starter setup.


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