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Forum topic by Mark posted 08-29-2013 03:44 PM 1092 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2013 03:44 PM

I’m looking at a post on CL and I need to know whatcha think.
It’s a Beaver. Older model. 1/2hp, 1750 rpm. He’s asking $285, comes with face plate and chisels. As I’m a 100% noob. I thought it might be a good starter. Yes no??? Thanks

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#1 posted 08-29-2013 03:52 PM

Are we also supposed to guess on the price, accessories, condition?
Edit: OK, I know that info wasn’t in the original post when I posted this…..
I’d go with no. Maybe at 200, yes at 150 but only if spindle size/thread is common enough to find chucks for.

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 04:05 PM

Depends on your area. That’s a suitable lathe for spindle
turning but in doing bowls and things like that you’ll
quickly encounter its limitations.

I don’t know what the thread size on that lathe is,
but I would recommend getting a lathe with 1×8 tpi
spindle because accessories are easy to find.

To me, that’s a $100-$200 lathe, but there’s a lot of used
machinery in my area so prices are depressed by
the abundant supply.

Here’s an OWWM page on Beaver lathes:

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 04:19 PM

I’d probably pass unless you’re only doing pens and spindle work. As Loren said, probably not a great bowl lathe, both in terms of capacity and motor. Also, see what the speed range is, and how you change speeds (not apparent from the pic). I’d talk to your local turning club and see if anyone has used equipment for sale. Around here, that’s been the best bet and I’ve gotten and seen a number of great deals offered to members of our club.


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#4 posted 08-29-2013 04:22 PM

You might want to also take a look at IRS Auctions. Sometimes you can find some bargains in a heavier used lathe.

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#5 posted 08-29-2013 04:29 PM

I have that same lathe, only it’s a bit newer, after the Rockwell/Beaver merger. I paid $200 for mine, with some accessories, it was in near-perfect shape, and the owner said he had it listed for two years before I replied to it. If it’s a 7/8”X14 thread, you’ll have a bit of trouble finding chucks, seems to be a Canada-only thread size. This is a lathe you’ll be happy with, but I’d be sure about thread size and the availability of adapter hubs before buying. By the way, the outboard thread may be a different size than the inboard. Loren’s right, I’d make the guy an offer. Depending on how anxious you are to own it, I’d keep my eye out for a better deal. You’ll be spending cash for chucks and accessories in the immediate future, something to keep in mind when budgeting. It is a nice, hefty cast iron lathe. I put the motor on a hinged base, I can lift it up to change speeds easily and the motor’s weight provides belt tension. Be sure that the spur comes with it, it’s a bit of an oddball size.
If I was to offer mine for sale, it’s fully loaded and the new owner would not have to go on wild goose chases for parts. Be sure there are boxes of stuff included in the sale of this one, not a stripped-down, scavenged one.

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#6 posted 08-29-2013 04:40 PM

In my area it’s a $75-$100 lathe

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#7 posted 08-29-2013 04:40 PM

Have the same basic lathe I used as a starter tool. I paid $180 but it included lots of chisels. I’d pass.

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#8 posted 08-29-2013 05:02 PM

Thank you gents. As always sound advice.

-- Mark

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