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Forum topic by Mark posted 08-25-2013 05:18 PM 754 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2013 05:18 PM

I’ve taken an interest in wood turning and in reading various posts/ Youtube videos I’m thinking of taking the plunge.
Nothing cast in stone yet, but I was looking at the Grizzly GO462. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to have all the bells and whistles from a beginners point of view. The question is. Is 600 RPM to fast for a slow speed? Every thing I’ve read indicates slower is better. Thanks. Mark

-- Mark

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 06:02 PM

There are many preferences. It will boil down to your particular preference. 600 is plenty slow for spindle work. for the most part 600 is slow enough for bowl plate and hollow work to 8” or better in diameter. I have run 24” diameter walnut serving platters at this speed. Many times failure occurs in larger turnings because the piece is imbalanced. when you are first starting out everything appears fast. it can be a little intimidating. wear a good face shield. stay out of the line of fire. Start with round or close to round things so that you get the understanding of how the tool cuts. its easy to start with a square blank and blast the corners off but when the real cutting starts you have already adopted improper tool handling. even in a short time it is easy to get into bad habits that take a great while to break. slower is not necessarily better it takes more work to hold the tool when cutting properly with the machine at a slower speed. You want to turn at the fastest safe speed possible. this will be weighed against your confidence. as I said before everything looks fast when you are just starting out.

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 06:16 PM

There you have it Mark. REO just gave you one of the most concise and clear answers to your question you will likely receive

Look no further, and great response REO (no doubt based on experiance) .


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#3 posted 08-25-2013 08:30 PM

You might want to read owner reviews online this lathe will have problems right out of the box or later on.

My first lathe came from Grizzly and would never buy another wood lathe from them. Do own a 14” Grizzly bandsaw at time bought it best bank for the money. Like their table saws too!

-- Bill

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