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539 days ago

“Vulcan 14 lathe
i just spent $250 on a 3HP grizzly DC last weekend. was going to take a break from buying wood working stuff and get to…well…wood working! but then this popped up today on my local craigslist.
I have never seen “vulcan” products except for the industrial 3phase kinda of stuff. and of course, kitchen appliances.
i know one day, i will get a lathe. should i jump on this? i do not know what to look for in purchasing used craigslist lathes :(

-eric


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#1 posted 539 days ago

That looks similar to the Harbor Freight models.

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#2 posted 539 days ago

cant find anything about vulcan lathe on the internet at all, except for the 3phase CNC style.
but yea… it does look kinda… basic.

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#3 posted 539 days ago

There’s better deals to be had, save your money.

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#4 posted 539 days ago

I think I’d pass. The bed looks to be pretty flimsy. Put the money in the bank and wait for something more substantial. With the new Jet Midi lathe release you will be seeing a few of the older Midi’s on the market.

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#5 posted 539 days ago

sounds good guys. thanks for your input. the other lathes on craigslist locally are $1000+ except for the Rigids.

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#6 posted 539 days ago

I agree with Coastie. I’d avoid any lathe with tubes—round or square—for the bed instead of cast iron. $1000 for a used lathe seems steep to me, though. I’d expect to get a decent used lathe for $500 (or maybe I’m naive?). Could it have anything to do with your zip code?

Harbor Freight, as a matter of fact, does have a “full sized” lathe with cast iron beds. Can’t say anything about the quality, however. I’d at least give it a look. Just checked their website. That lathe is on sale now for about $270.

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