Woodturning #1: Purchased HF Lathe and Setup

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Blog entry by DW833 posted 02-04-2015 04:26 AM 1790 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I purchased a HF T34706 lathe over the weekend and assembled it. Haven’t used it yet, because waiting on tools and accessories to arrive. So I can’t provide a review. But I can provide feedback on purchase and assembly process.

This is my first lathe. I researched several new lathes over a period of a couple of months. Also, tried to find a lathe on craigslist. In my area, not much on CL. Most were either junk or overpriced. There were a few older lathes that seemed ok. But for the price did not think they would be worth it.

I was close to buying a grizzly model, but decided on the HF lathe instead. With a coupon it cost $248.00.
Less than half of what I would spend on the grizzly G0462. And less than one third of a similar Jet model.
Lowering the lathe cost enabled me to purchase additional accessories that I can use on this lathe and future lathes I may have.

The HF lathe has mostly positive reviews. I think the biggest problem is that some purchasers want to pay
the low price, but get a premium lathe.

Bought the lathe and a stand. Did not need a separate stand. The stand was included in the lathe box.
The fit and finish are better than expected. The only thing I noticed was minor. Some green paint on the top of the bed.

The lathe assembly process is really simple with just a few screws to attach bed to stand and motor to lathe bed.
To assemble the stand took me around 30 minutes.

I fired up the lathe and motor sounds good. Will post additional blogs and reviews as I use the lathe.

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 04:19 PM

Looks like a good starter unit.
One thing you might want to do is check the height. A good rule of thumb for lathe use is to set the machine so that the center is roughly the same height from the floor as your elbow. If you are tall, you may have to build up a base to set the stand on.

-- Ed

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 04:16 AM

Thanks Ed. It is at a good height for me as is.

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 02:29 AM

I’d secure those concrete blocks so they can’t vibrate around and fall on your feet.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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