|Forum topic by UwpEngineer||posted 12-22-2014 02:11 PM||2068 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
12-22-2014 02:11 PM
Hi, My name is Dan and I have been turning for about 2 years now. I am currently on my 2nd lathe, and now know that i really like turning and am ready for the next step.
I started on the small lathe from harbor freight and stepped up to the large wood lathe from harbor freight about 9 months ago. Needless to say, I have found it’s limitations and have an inheritance coming in soon that will allow me to upgrade to a larger unit.
Currently I do mostly bowl turning and just finished a dozen of them this last weekend for Christmas presents.
like many, I drool over the Powermatic 3520B, but i don’t know if it is worth 2-3 times as much as some of the other larger lathes. I am looking at the Grizzly G0733 as a mid prices alternative that will still do as large of turnings as i see myself doing (18” capacity). and for about $1800 it is coming in at half price.
My delima is how far do I need to go to get to a lathe that should keep me happy for the next 20 years? 1800 for the Grizzly, 2400 for a comparable Jet, 4000 for a PM3520, 6000 for a Robust sweet 16, 7500 for a PM 4224, 8000 for a Robust American Beauty, etc. you get the idea.
My wife likes what I make and the fact that it keeps me busy, I have her blessing to buy my next upgrade, but dont think she will want to hear it come up again in 5 years!
on a side note,
in reading through countless reviews and forums, I continue to get the advise to talk to someone who has used the lathe, if not both of them and or try a turning on one. anyone on the Forum in the Appleton Wisconsin area, send me a message!