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Forum topic by mrdunn posted 01-18-2014 07:49 AM 2034 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2014 07:49 AM

Hey guys I’ve got about 2000 to spend on a new pro size lathe. Any opinions please? I use a jet 1221vs now and I wanna upgrade

-- Turning is a privilege, not a right.

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#1 posted 01-18-2014 05:51 PM

If like Jet take a look at Jet 1642. Little bit more than $2,000 but worth the money.

Also might look at Rikon 1642, less than $2,000 but need 220V to run it.

Have not seen many reviews on the Rikon, turners that have turn on Rikon’s bigger lathes not impressed with quality. Can find several reviews on their mini lathes.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 01-18-2014 06:29 PM

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#3 posted 01-18-2014 08:19 PM

Would check the specs on that Baileigh 1847 lathe with Grizzly & Laguna version.

JMHO, not a big fan of either Grizzly or Laguna wood lathes.

Do not have any experience with Baileigh lathes.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 01-18-2014 08:46 PM

I have the Grizzly G0733 Heavy Duty Wood Lathe 18” x 47” at my work shop. I have little use but have been pleased with it so far. It came with the quill and lead screw in the tail stock fused together, Grizzly sent replacement parts right out. I chose this one over a similar Jet due to the electronic speed control vs the Reeves drive. What I don’t like on the Grizzly is the way the speed control works, there are no presets or markings on the dial, you just have to watch the digital readout to see what RPM you have dialed in. Also the tool rest is huge, 14 inches I think – I bought a couple of smaller rets from Robust, but the Grizzly stem size seems odd, I have to get the Robust stems filed down a bit to fit the Grizzly banjo. Also the Grizzly does not have a hand wheel on the head stock like some other lathes do. The Grizzly says it has a rotating headstock, but the included instructions tell you to remove the tail stock and slide the headstock to the other end for outboard turning – seems weird to me! The Grizzly is $1845 shipped right now. (If you want some more details or photos of the Grizzly, let me know!)

Recently I purchased the NOVA 57080 DVR 2024 20-Inch by 24-Inch Electronic Variable Speed Wood Lathe for a home shop I am planning (yeah yeah, two lathes!). I like the Nova for its speed control, no belts or pulleys, and you can dial in an RPM and then start the lathe and it goes where you set it, vs kind of guessing with the Grizzly. The Nova is more expensive right now, I got mine at a pre Xmas sale price with some add ons.

Just FYI, the Balleigh lathe shown above looks exactly like my Grizzly, except mine has a little shelf on the left side leg.

Also, both of my lathes require 220v, do you have 220v available?

Here is a pic of the Grizzly. Look familiar?!

Here is the Nova FYI. I got a swing away bed extension, extra 20” bed piece and the outrigger for outboard turning in the package deal I purchased. But it was about $3K

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#5 posted 01-18-2014 08:49 PM

Any opinions? lol

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 12:53 AM

Several good tools available in that price range. I’ve not met many fond of the Grizzly’s, the Jet’s are a nice tools, the Teknatool NOVA’s are thought of reasonably well. I have one and like it very much. It has a lot of tool for a small package and you can purchase a re-conditioned unit directly from Teknatool’s web page at reasonable cost savings.

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