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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 11-05-2014 03:45 PM 1162 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2014 03:45 PM

I’m thinking about getting the Harbour freight 34706 lathe. I’m just starting out and want to get into pen turning and maybe bowl turnings and I read where this lathe for pen turning is not one of the better ones;;; something about the tailstock not aligining or it is not 60 degrees with the headstock. Can anyone explain this to me and give me their option of this lathe made by Harbour Freight;;I really would appreciate it. Thank you

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#1 posted 11-05-2014 04:11 PM

I have the King version of this lathe (CH-900C) and use it for pens. I haven’t had any major problems. Just be careful to align the headstock and the tailstock and then have fun. I wish it had a slower speed for CA glue finishes but I manage alright. The great thing about this lathe is you can turn pens or table legs something you would have trouble doing on a mini lathe. I’ve only turned one bowl outboard on it and had no trouble there either. I’d say for the price its one of the best lathes out there.

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#2 posted 11-05-2014 04:22 PM

Just got mine from HF and it works great. buy a extra belt or two as they do have issues with them. Only a couple of bucks a WWW.GRAINGER.COM . BIGGEST ISSUE so far is the tool rest, HF said 1 inch post, it’s not, had to dill mine to fit my other tool rest. no big deal. I do agree that tail stock is not perfect but its workable. I think its the best buy out there for the money.

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#3 posted 11-05-2014 04:26 PM

I’m also shopping for a lathe but with my past experience with HF I’m going to instead shop and purchase name brand used as there’s not much that I can see that can go wrong with a motor that turns a spindle, leaving it up to HF it’s nothing but a gamble you might get a good working item or not as they are known to screw up even the most simplest things, another thing that I’ve come to learn about HF depending on what you’re looking for they are not always the best price.

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#4 posted 11-05-2014 07:37 PM

There are reviews here and at the HF web site and other message boards as well. For the money cannot beat it for an entry level lathe.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 11-05-2014 07:57 PM

I bought this lathe recently and it has worked great. I need a shorter tool rest for shorter items, but other than that it has worked quite well.

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#6 posted 11-05-2014 08:31 PM

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#7 posted 11-06-2014 12:31 AM

If you use the Search function (upper right of this page), type in 34706, and hit Enter, you’;; get a ton of information on the Harbor Freight lathe you are interested in.

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