Cummins MCS1000 as first lathe?

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Forum topic by BPatterson posted 11-05-2014 03:51 PM 6148 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2014 03:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: starter lathe

The title pretty much says it all. I have the opportunity to buy a Cummins MCS1000 4 speed lathe and chisel set (cheap) for $100 obo. I know its not a Jet or Grizzly but would it be an acceptable lathe to learn on? I have a bunch of oak branches and logs from a fallen tree to practice on. thanks in advance!


-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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#1 posted 11-05-2014 03:57 PM

I’m not familiar with that particular lathe but for $100 unless it is a real pile shouldn’t be too bad of a deal especially if it includes the chisels. Another option would be looking at this Harbor Freight model ( I know a lot of guys on here swear by it. I have the same machine but branded by King and it has been worth every penny of the $60 I got it for used.

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#2 posted 11-05-2014 04:18 PM

Hi Brandon

Read this link:

My inclination is to pass on it. If someone wantʻs to give it to you then itʻs a good deal.

If you save up $100 more you could get the cheapest mini lathe from Rockler. Several people start out with that model. Of course if the tools are good ones, then $100 might be a good deal…. if theyʻre cheap turning chisels, then not.

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#3 posted 11-05-2014 04:31 PM

Thanks for the responses!

Alex, you make a good point. I may have very little money for tools but I think this particular tool may be “too cheap”. I will probably be better off going with a better known brand if I go used or, like you said, I can save up and buy a new budget lathe.

I think I am going to pass. Thanks guys!

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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#4 posted 11-05-2014 07:38 PM

If that is what you are talking about would pass on it.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 11-05-2014 08:08 PM

OK, yeah its that same model just on my local craigslist. Thanks!

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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#6 posted 11-06-2014 07:56 PM

at $100 pass, at $25 buy

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