|Forum topic by Targa||posted 10-05-2014 03:04 PM||1525 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
10-05-2014 03:04 PM
I am thinking about getting into wood turning but have a question about low cost 12” lathes for a beginner.
While there have been threads on this subject in general, my question focuses on what is the most practical low speed rpm particularly for a beginner? I would probably make bowls, plates and other small turnings but not pens.
My instinct tells me a lathe with variable speed, with a low range around 250 rpm (or lower) makes the most sense for better control as well as handling of unbalanced pieces. The Harbor Freight model 34706 gets good to very good reviews and is relatively inexpensive, but its lowest range is 600 rpm which strikes me as way too high. The difference in cost between lathes with a 250 rpm low range and a 500-600 rpm low range is pretty significant especially if I decide I do not like turning.
I’d appreciate some input and thoughts from experienced woodturners on this site regarding what’s a realistic low rpm range to target for and why.