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matt0852

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04-09-2009 08:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe turning

I wanted to buy a lathe for about a year and a half but all of them are either thousands of dollars or really cheap yet not reliable. I am looking for a somewhat cheap model to begin with and then gradually move up. I saw a nice craftsman one for about 600 bucks but that is still expensive for me. Any suggestions would be great.


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Pete_Jud

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#1 posted 04-09-2009 08:42 PM

Have you checked Craiglist.com? I got a great deal on my jet table saw there.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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matt0852

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#2 posted 04-09-2009 08:45 PM

I just went on there when I saw your reply. To my surprise I found like 3 for around 200 and one for 75! I will have to search around of course to look for a decent one at a nice price. Thanks a lot! I never even knew about this site.

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doyoulikegumwood

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#3 posted 04-09-2009 09:02 PM

matt not sure what kind of tools you have in the shop now but you could also look for used shop smiths on craigslist im currently looking that way cuz i need a lathe and a drill press neather will see a ton of action so i figure kill 2 birds with one stone just my thoughts.

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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Alan

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#4 posted 04-09-2009 10:17 PM

I got my lathe on craigslist recently. It’s old but the price was right and it works great for me just starting out.

-- Alan, Prince George

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matt0852

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#5 posted 04-09-2009 10:17 PM

I don’t have too many. Just a tablesaw and then some power tools and hand tools. I was also thinking about a shop smith. They seem like a good deal. I saw some for about 400 bucks in my area.

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doyoulikegumwood

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#6 posted 04-09-2009 10:22 PM

if thats the case i would really think about the shopsmith my friend has one and he loves it like i said ill only be useing mine for one or two tools so swaping from tool to tool wont slow me down

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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matt0852

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#7 posted 04-09-2009 10:27 PM

That will probably be my case too and it won’t be seeing some long term use. It’s not like I do this for a living. It’s just a hobby

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matt0852

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#8 posted 04-09-2009 10:27 PM

for now…

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#9 posted 04-10-2009 12:38 AM

Before you buy a lathe (I would not recommend a Craftsman) check-out the American Association of Woodturners. There website is http://www.woodturner.org/ . That is where I started woodturning. They have local chapters all over the country. You live in Pennsylvania there are a lot of great woodturners there. Attend a few meetings of the local chapter one of the members may have a good used lathe for sale. The chapter meetings are a great place to learn. Also, the cost of the lathe is just a start there is always that new lathe tool you will just need.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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mski

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#10 posted 04-10-2009 01:53 AM

jet 12×20, awesome lathe, great power and expandable to 22”
more fun tan a barrel full of kittens!?

-- MARK IN BOB, So. CAL

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#11 posted 04-10-2009 02:25 AM

I Gotta throw my 2 cents in for a used Shopsmith. An older mark 5 should not be more than 250-400 and the bonus is that it’s mobile and variable speed and, while most non Shopsmith guys won’t recommend the table saw function, the drill press and horizontal boring functions are first rate as is the 12” disk sander, all in a really small space. I’d try to steer clear of the green mark 5 machines. They are the oldest and have a 3/4 hp motor as opposed to 1 1/8hp on the later ones, and a slightly different belt system. One of my machines is this type, & it’s ok, especially if you can get one for $75-125, which is possible for these early ones. If you do get into looking at shopsmiths as an alternative & need more info, send me a private message & I’ll get you more info. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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matt0852

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#12 posted 04-10-2009 04:45 AM

i saw some shopsmiths pretty cheap in my area. I am gunna pick up a local ad magazine tomorrow and see what i can find. I saw the online version and saw some really cheap lathes, 75 bucks was the cheapest i’ll call them and let you guys know and you can give me some advice.

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Matt

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#13 posted 04-13-2009 02:10 PM

I agree with Big_Bob. Unless you already have the chisels, face shield, grinder, etc, you might want to give the lathe decision a second thought. The lathe is just one part of the purchase. I spent $325.00 for a brand new Jet 1220 18 months ago (before the big price hike). With all the other stuff I needed I spent about another $500.00. For the stuff I “needed” I spent another $1500.00. Keep in mind, you’ll need some turning tools, face shield, and a way to sharpen you tools, at a minimum. A chuck and sharpening jig are not requirements but they almost are. It’s a whole lot of fun. Please let us know how you fare in your quest for ‘round things’. :)

-- Matt - My Websites - http://www.bestinwood.com - Hand Tools :: http://www.workshopgarage.com - Small Shops

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 04-13-2009 02:28 PM

I don’t think the Shopsmith is the way to go.

I suggest either a Jet, or Rikon mini lathes.

Check on both, they both have great features.

There are others, so check out the LJs reviews for lathes.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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ART LACKEY

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#15 posted 04-13-2009 11:19 PM

Yes there are alot of lathes on craigs list. Most are craftsman and realy not any good.(more agrivation than there worth). If you spend 4 or 5 hundred on a good industrial lathe you won’t be sorry.

-- IF YOU GIVE A MAN A FISH,YOU FEED HIM FOR A DAY,BUT IF YOU TEACH HIM HOW TO FISH---HE'LL SIT IN A BOAT AND DRINK BEER ALL DAY!

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