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Forum topic by JoeinGa posted 05-03-2015 02:29 PM 5651 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2015 02:29 PM

Anyone here have a Grizzly G0766 lathe? I’m seriously considering pulling the trigger on one. Since my lathe died 6 weeks ago, I’ve been reading all the specs and comparisons on every lathe I could find, and this one seem to fill the bill.

I knew back I got this HF clone that it was going to be an inexpensive way to find out if I liked wood turning or not. And I REALLY, REALLY like it ! I think I’m getting better at it with each piece I turn and I’m ready to take it to a new level.

At first I was considering the midi lathes, but then I realized that if I didn’t just buy the first thing I could afford, maybe, JUST MAYBE, I could buy the last lathe I’d ever want or need. So I sold some stuff and Bonnie and I took a long hard look at our ( fixed income ) budget and decided I should go ahead and buy something now that will last me the rest of my life, rather than buy a mid-range lathe and in two years be wishing I had something bigger and better.

I haven’t found any videos on this particular one, but I do see vids on their other lathes and most everyone who has one likes it.

Sawmill Creek has a discussion on it here … http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?225567-New-model-G0766-Upgrade-possible!

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#1 posted 05-03-2015 04:09 PM

Joe

That is the lathe I plan to buy in the future for the Vets and everyone else to use when I get enough in my GoFundMe account.

I have not personally seen it in use but have heard good things about it.

If you do get it, on the bottom rails between the legs I would add 400 lbs or more to it to keep it stable.
Also I have the Wixly gauge and on my lathe I made sure all axis are level after everything is set in place.

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#2 posted 05-03-2015 05:33 PM

A lot of lathe for the money. Half the price of a Nova 2024 and beefier. Even the Jet 1642 is $1000 more. No outboard turning so you are limited to 22” but that isn’t much of a limitation; certainly more than I’ll ever turn.

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#3 posted 05-03-2015 05:46 PM

Hmmm … ”Not available for immediate shipment.” It would be nice to read some reviews on this lathe.

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#4 posted 05-03-2015 06:15 PM

Wish I had something to add on the Grizzly, don’t know much about them. Sticking with the last lathe you will ever buy is a good idea. Good luck with your decision. Keep us posted.

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#5 posted 05-03-2015 07:22 PM

Grizzly G0766 lathe became a darling on many message boards as people got their 2015 catalogs around the first of the year. Several people even claimed to have bought one and went on the waiting list. Lot buying enthusiasm waned when found out had to wait until late May 2015 before Grizzly had them.

Guess buying wisdom now is wait till folks give their reviews after getting their lathes, if rave reviews buy one before the price increase. Fact that just another China lathe and until get bugs if any resolved another reason for caution.

May have to wait awhile for clear picture on this lathe, hope everyone already bought one happiness & good turning!

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#6 posted 05-03-2015 08:36 PM

I have the G0733 lathe, it looks almost the same as the G0766 (and its in stock!). Slightly different swing and distance between centers, the G0766 looks a little taller and has more indexing positions.

I have not used my G0733 a lot yet, but the few times I have it has been a solid performer. One thing I dont like is the massive tool rest – its 14 inches long – not great for pens, and I dont think Grizzly has anything smaller available – , but you can get others from other brands, be aware that, for mine at least, the post size in the banjo is weird, so Robust tool rests will not fit without a little modification to the rest or the banjo.

Here is a comparison between the two lathes:
http://www.grizzly.com/compare?category=Lathes_Wood&preload=G0766|G0733

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#7 posted 05-03-2015 10:35 PM

... be aware that, for mine at least, the post size in the banjo is weird, so Robust tool rests will not fit without a little modification to the rest or the banjo.

Good to know. Grizzly specs say the post diameter is 25mm (0.984252 inches), while the Robust rests are 1” (25.4mm). 25mm and 30mm Metric sizes are available from Robust by special order.

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#8 posted 05-03-2015 10:55 PM

No point in looking for reviews just yet, none have not shipped yet. Expect the first ones to be in peoples hands about the 18th or so of this month.

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#9 posted 05-03-2015 11:00 PM

I’m planning on calling them tomorrow (Monday) and depending on what kind of delivery date they tell me, I may go in another direction.

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#10 posted 05-03-2015 11:06 PM

That is the lathe I meant was the G0733. So I am thinking if that is a good lathe then the 766 with the 3hp should be as good.

Arlin

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#11 posted 05-04-2015 11:53 AM

The G0766 does have outboard turning – the head rotates 180° and can be located anywhere on the bed.

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#12 posted 05-05-2015 03:03 PM

Hey Joe,
I tend to lean towards Grizzly no matter what the machine, my lathe is the G1495. For my limited lathe use
I love it, however it has been around for a while. I prefer the lever activated pulley speed control, because it does not
change the motor power at all. I have always heard that electronic speed control loses power at lower speeds (I do not know if this is true). Besides it does everything I ask of it with no problem. Plus I love being able to have a 20” disc sander mounted on the outboard side.

I use it far more than the lathe itself. I also believe that Grizzly gives you the most bang for your buck…......

Have a blessed week Joe and have some fun making dust, Todd

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#13 posted 05-05-2015 03:32 PM

I have always heard that electronic speed control loses power at lower speeds (I do not know if this is true).

True … most of the EVS lathes (the ones equipped with variable frequency drive) have two or three pulley/belt configurations to compensate for the loss of torque. The exception (I know of one … there may be more) is the Nova DVR system which has no belts and automatically compensates for load and torque.

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#14 posted 05-05-2015 06:43 PM

Well I just pulled the trigger on a new lathe.
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http://lumberjocks.com/topics/96378
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#15 posted 05-05-2015 07:14 PM



Plus I love being able to have a 20” disc sander mounted on the outboard side.
- Todd Swartwood

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