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HawkDriver

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701 days ago

Im looking to upgrade from my cheap HF mini lathe to something more robust. I have been eyeing the Grizzly G0462 since it has the specs Im looking for (and can afford).

I saw the following on craigslist today:
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/tls/3225674454.html

Im sure some of you out there own one of these lathes and Im looking for your input on wether this is a good bargain. At about $400 less after considering shipping, Im considering it.

I think my main concern here would be the motor. The newer Grizzly has a 2 HP motor and the 1067 only has a 1/2HP motor. 1/2HP seems like it might be a bit underpowered when turning larger bowls, heck the HF mini lathe has a 1/2 HP motor I believe.

Any input is appreciated and thank you in advance!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.


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Wildwood

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#1 posted 701 days ago

Internet search will find G1067z not rated too high, ½ HP motor and tool rest being weak points. Not sure, but replacement parts might be a problem. Same goes for GO462, can find mixed reviews at Lumber Jocks, and other message boards.

Harbor Freight lathe always on sale for $270 about same quality and performance, gets mixed reviews posted at HF site and other message boards. Over several years seen more favorable than unfavorable reviews.

-- Bill

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WoodArtbyJR

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#2 posted 701 days ago

I agree with Bill. I have a Grizzly 1495 & like it, but there are better,if you watch CL & not get in a hurry. Jet, older Delta & many others can be scooped up off of CL if you wait it out. Be patient my friend. I’m looking to upgrade to a Powercraft but waiting for the right ad to come along.

Jim

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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MedicKen

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#3 posted 701 days ago

If you want to “upgrade” then wait. It is well known here that I am a huge fan of the OLD tools. Keep an eye out for an older Powermatic 45 or 90. They can be had for around $300 if you are patient. It may take a little work to get it in running condition but well worth the effort. A good used PM90 for $300 is like a $4000 lathe in todays money. I would keep an eye on Craigslist as well as:
www.publicsurplus.com
www.interschola.com
www.tlcauctions.com
www.irsauctions.com
as well as the BOYD section on owwm. You might even consider placing a WTB on BOYD. There are a lot of members in the Socal area and its always good to have more eyes looking out. Also, do not be afraid of a 3ph motor. It is actually a plus on a lathe. With the addition of a VFD you will get variable speed, how cool is that!!

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 701 days ago

Hi Patrick. I don’t see that model available in the Grizz catalog but they do have a model G0462 for $595 in the 2012 catalog. I don’t know what shipping would be on the one in CL, but from what was said about it, I’d avoid it. First of all it has a 1/2 hp motor which is small for a 14” lathe. The G0462 has a 2Hp motor and a 16” swing. I’d be looking at it if my 14” Craftsman ever gave up the ghost!

I have a HF mini and it is really underpowered even for an 8” lathe. The motor is rated at 250 watts- about 1/3 HP but it is not a capacitor start motor. It is real good for little stuff with that electronic speed control, but not for wood over 4” in diameter!

If you are looking to buy a used one, keep your eye out for a Delta. Also, many schools have discontinued their shop programs and might have some good buys. MedicKen makes a good point!!!!!!!!
...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bill White

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#5 posted 701 days ago

I have the 1067Z, and am well pleased. I don’t turn huge stuff, and have bought accessory Sorby tool rests, and the VicMarc clone chuck. It has done all I’ve needed.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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WoodArtbyJR

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#6 posted 701 days ago

I think Ken hit the nail on the head. I don’t think you’d be happy with it so hold out & find the right one for you.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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HawkDriver

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#7 posted 701 days ago

Guys,
I REALLY appreciate all of your input. I did notice some varying reviews of the 462 here on LJ’s but couldn’t find much on the 1067. I guess Ill set the money aside and wait for something else on the sites mentioned here.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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HawkDriver

447 posts in 1236 days


#8 posted 701 days ago

I found this in the OC. Thoughts?

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/tls/3155142121.html

Any advice on setting up an outlet for 3phase? Any idea what the going rate to have one installed is?

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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moke

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#9 posted 701 days ago

Patrick,
That Powermatic defintely looks better than the grizzly. I will throw in with the other guys, 1/2 horse is too small. This thing is a beast though, a couple of things come to mind, first of all, is it MT2? Bigger MT’s are not a huge problem, but stuff is always cheaper for MT 2 and 8×1” headstock. The last thing is that dude has got to be big and heavy…can you deal with that? It is not something you can easily put on casters. How much is it, I must have missed that.
Good luck
Mike

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HawkDriver

447 posts in 1236 days


#10 posted 701 days ago

Mike,
I have the ability to transport it, getting it loaded is another question. I woonder how far the PM could be disassembled for easier loading?

The listed price is $680.

Seeing the PM took me back to my HS shop days. There were 3 of these monsters in our shop and I can recall even as a beginner how solid and smooth these machines ran.

Thanks to Ken for bringing up the Old PM beasts. Even if I don’t end up with one, it brought back fond memories!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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moke

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#11 posted 700 days ago

Patrick,
I guess my first thought is for the age of that machine it is no steal price wise, but probably more what it is actually worth. PM is defintely a cadilac of lathes.

I bought a 16” jet planer once wieghing in at 500 lbs….I scoured my friends for the biggest guys, then gave them some adult beveages AFTER it was unloaded. With this dude, find an out of work football team and ask them for help….
Mike

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MedicKen

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#12 posted 699 days ago

The best way to get 3phase for a lathe is with a VFD. Single phase input, plug it into a 220V outlet in the garage, and 3 phase output with FULL TORQUE!! Its the best of both worlds. I would recommend getting a VFD with a built in POT so all you have to do is dial up the speed you want. Oh, the best part, is much cheaper than trying to find a suitable single phase replacement motor. VFD will cost under $200!!

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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AandCstyle

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#13 posted 699 days ago

I use one of these to load and unload heavy tools. You can put it in your pick up with some effort. We will need to see pix when you have the lathe in your shop. HTH

-- Art

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