best mini lathe???????

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02-23-2009 04:29 PM

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looking to buy a mini-lathe for pen. would lick feedback for anyone that has one which is the one to go with? also to make small spindles or bats. so far i have looked at grizzly, jet, and delta. thanks for your time.

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 05:05 PM

dont forget the Rikon. it is rated at the top of the list for mini lathes, and has the largest tool rest of them all, all for a very attractive price. and from my experience, Rikon also has superb customer service.

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 05:19 PM

I have the Delta midi lathe but they seem to have gone bust in Europe. so beware. Alistair

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#3 posted 02-25-2009 03:11 AM

thanks for the info.

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#4 posted 02-25-2009 03:14 AM

I have a PSI turncrafter pro and it is a pretty good bang for your buck. the jet and rikon are great options if you can afford one.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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#5 posted 02-25-2009 03:17 AM

we use the jet minis at school and they do a great job. and just remember a variable speed is a little bit more but well worth it. have fun.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#6 posted 02-25-2009 03:29 AM

I’ve got the Rikon. What a great piece of equipment for the price. Woodcraft ran it on sale a while back for $300 bucks w/free shipping. That’s all I had to know.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#7 posted 02-25-2009 04:14 AM

I just got a jet havent used it enough yet to know how great it is
construction is solid adjustments are a breeze
Variable speed can be achieved on any lathe for a low cost just find a motor rated dimmer switch and do it yourself. oops was that outloud

-- jay Rambling on and on again

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#8 posted 02-25-2009 04:16 AM

I have had a Jet for about 8 years and it’s well built.

I would think that any brand name lathe would do just as well.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 02-25-2009 04:10 PM

I bought the penn state industries pen starter kit which comes with a lathe… I am actually very happy with the lathe, but I have heard some people are having issues with the extension beds. But, since I don’t have an extended bed, I am having no problems at all. You can read my review here…

-- San Diego, CA

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