|Forum topic by Kreegan||posted 04-18-2013 02:11 AM||1816 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
04-18-2013 02:11 AM
I have 2 mini lathes for sale in the Twin Cities area. I recently got a larger Grizzly lathe, and just don’t have room for 3 lathes. First up is a Harbor Freight Central Machinery 10”x18” lathe. Here’s the link on the HF site:
This was my first lathe, bought in Oct. It still works very well. It is variable speed via a manual pulley change. The speed range is 750-3200 RPM. The spindle runs very true and the headstock and tailstock line up almost perfectly. I’ve used this for a lot of small projects. Lately it’s been used as a dedicated buffing wheel platform. I’m including the 3 wheel buffing system from PSI that I use on this lathe. Here’s the link to that:
It also has a 4 prong spur center, live center, 3” faceplate, 7” tool rest and a knockout bar. The only modification I made to it is I drilled a hole in the base near the headstock for the knockout bar. It shows signs that it’s been used a lot. The tool rest has been filed smooth a few times. There’s a ding in the handle on the banjo that happened during shipping. The plastic plate over the bottom pulleys has a crack. Other than that, it’s in great shape and would make a good starter lathe, dedicated buffing station or pen turning lathe.
$125 cash. I paid $230 shipped for the lathe and buffing system.
Next up is a 12” Turncrafter Commander with bed extension from Penn State that I got in Feb. Here’s the link:
This lathe has electronic variable speed with an LED RPM readout. It has 2 speed ranges: 150-1900 on the low pulley and 300-3600 on the high. It has a 1HP TEFC motor. It has 24 position indexing with spindle lock. It has a light on an adjustable neck and a nifty little tool holder. There are convenient carry handles if you want to take it to demos or whatever. With the extension bed installed, you can turn spindles up to 43”. It comes with a 6” and 12” tool rest, 4 prong spur center, heavy duty 60* cone live center, 4” faceplate, extra belt and knockout bar.
I’ve only used this lathe for 5-6 projects. I just want to be honest about this lathe and say that it has some issues. The most serious being that there is occasionally some runout when you’re turning with something screwed onto the spindle. It runs perfectly true with something in the morse taper, but if you have something screwed on, you’ll occasionally get some slight wobbles. I have every reason to believe it’s because the shoulder on the spindle isn’t perfectly flat and perpendicular to the spindle. I tried using a carbide tool to true up the shoulder and improved it noticeably, but I don’t have the tools or know how to get it perfect. I think it you have some machining skills and equipment or a friend who does, it’ll be easy to fix.
I only used it with the extension bed once, and it was a bit of a pain. The gap between the ways seems slightly narrower on the extension and it takes a bit of effort to move the tailstock and banjo. Some time with a file should improve that. It is usable though. I turned a 32” long cane on it, out of Chechen, which is a really hard wood, and it handled that no problem.
On the good side, the variable speed works great. It’s easy to micro adjust the speed with the wheel. There’s plenty of power. I only bogged it down a couple of times, when truing up that long piece of Chechen, which is the hardest and densest wood I’ve turned so far. The task light is incredibly helpful. Changing the belt on the pulleys is a breeze, much easier than on the HF lathe. Replacing the belt is easy too, since you don’t have to remove the spindle from the bearings to do so. The motor runs very cool. The 2 year warranty isn’t transferable, but I’ll be happy to help you out with that and deal with Penn State support for you if needed.
$325 cash. I paid $550 shipped for this lathe.