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Forum topic by robert posted 12-05-2014 11:16 PM 1145 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2014 11:16 PM

I am looking to buy the general wood lathe 25-200m1 is this a good lathe to buy?

-- Robert Ajax Ont. keep on turning

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#1 posted 12-06-2014 12:21 PM

There are couple reviews here. You might PM those folks for information. Went to, reviewers either love or hate it!

-- Bill

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#2 posted 12-06-2014 06:35 PM

Wood mag just reviewed that lathe, I’ll leave it to you to decide whether to trust their findings. Their complaints were slipping drive belt resulting in low torque, the banjo, and indexing head. Overall it rated poorly against the other lathes and was also the most expensive. And it’s a General International, not a General; GI is the Asian knockoff version of General. Considering the Jet and Delta are less expensive, what draws you to this lathe?

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 05-08-2015 09:42 AM

I got the general lathe it is the best lathe that I have the belt has not slipped and i have done a lot of turning on it in the last 5 mouths it is the best

-- Robert Ajax Ont. keep on turning

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#4 posted 05-19-2015 05:42 AM

I have a G 25-200MI. not a bad tool. Never a problem with slipping belts. I don’t care for the lack of slack when tightening/loosening the banjo or tail stock. Especially when slipping the tail stock back on the bed. Lots of power, revisable, Reversible head is kinda nice. Seems pretty much most power tools have their pros and cons.

-- Mark

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