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Forum topic by kwolfe posted 01-06-2015 03:36 PM 688 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2015 03:36 PM

So I have this really uncontrollable urge to turn bowls. It just looks so satisfying. I figure I would like to be ale to turn at least a 12” bowl and be able to do table legs if I get the urge (which I guess would rule out shorter lathes). I checked out CL for the past month and haven’t seen anything worthwhile yet

I thought I ask around here to see if anyone maybe got an upgrade for Christmas and was looking to pass on their old lathe to someone else.

I looked at the HF 34706 but think I might hold out for something that has a slower speed than 600 for larger items (although I should be able to get my blanks pretty round on my bandsaw).



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#1 posted 01-06-2015 06:01 PM

Where are you located?

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 06:09 PM

Look around for local turning clubs. They probably can fix you up with a good lathe in short order.


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#3 posted 01-06-2015 06:34 PM

Sorry. I’m in Harrisburg PA.

I’ll have to look around for a turning club.

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 06:41 PM

You have a local AAW Chapter … Susquehanna Woodturners. Their website:

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 11:07 PM

Well I went to the local woodcraft and that didn’t help. Had a guy demoing a nova xrp. I asked about the 1624 but they did not know when it would go on sale for $899 next. Arrgh, I hate waiting!

There is nothing used for 100 miles around me!

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