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Forum topic by sledhead posted 10-01-2008 06:43 AM 2354 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sledhead

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10-01-2008 06:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe tool help wood turning

I am looking to buy a mini lathe and am looking at the Grizzly G0624 10” Cast Iron Bench Top Wood Lathe with extension bed, and the Turncrafter Pro 1/2HP Variable Speed Midi Lathe with Extension Bed from Penn State Industries. If any body knows anything about either of the lathes I would appreciate it. Both lathes have an extension bed option.


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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#1 posted 10-01-2008 11:58 AM

I have the Grizzly and just recently purchased the extension. The lathe is fine for me, I only do hobby turning and like to experiment and have fun, pens, bowls, flutes, ets. Another purchase I made with the adjustable chuck for doing bowls and I am in the process of putting together a vacuum chuck for it.

Some things to note:
The tool rest is fine to start out with, but the SS round rests were the second thing I bought for the lathe after the chuck.

The adjustment handles are plastic and they tend to feel flimsy and they might snap, I have never borken one yet and nothing moves once I cinch it down. Those are only on the tool rest adjustment points.

I went through my first belt in about 2 months, I called Grizzly and ordered 6 replacement belts, I have had the second belt on there for almost a year, so maybe I got a defective belt the first time of the factory supplied belts are crap, who knows. The replacement belts were only like $1 or $2 a piece though. I also took off the belt guard and left it off. Got in the way too much when changing speeds.

The lathe was pretty much out-of-the-box and ready to go. Some assembly, but nothing major. It is pretty heavy but I could carry it by myself, it does come freight so you have to be home when the truck comes or arrange to pick it up if you can. It will fit in the trunk or back seat. I put it in the trunk of my Chrysler when I picked it up.

The lathe is very stable and only on bigger pieces that are not centered yet do I get any vibration, but you would have that on any lathe. I do not have it bolted down, just resting on the supplied rubber feet.

The extension bolted right on and took about 30 seconds of tweaking so the tail stock rolled smoothly over the joint and everything was level again.

All in all I am very pleased with the grizzly. I would buy it again which is I guess the true measure of how much someone likes a tool.

When I first started turning I took classes at my local Rockler and got to try the Jet and Midi lathes in the classroom, honestly I don’t see much difference in performance. The Jet and Midi have some features that you pay for (vari-speed and such), but the Grizzly is a solid well put together lathe.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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trifern

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#2 posted 10-01-2008 12:38 PM

I would recommend either the jet or rikon.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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