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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 08-19-2011 08:37 AM 2168 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are a few of us in LJ’s who are owners of the Harbor Frieght Lathes. My last posting was more than 2 weeks ago? Seems like yesterday. Have you experienced any difficulties with your lathe? How would you compare it to other laths you have experience using?

What was the reason you bought your lathes?

I have a small budget, and the features compared to the price were really good. I bought mine on-line and delivery was timely. some folks in our previous discussion have a store near them and got a great deal. I think the warrenty is rather useles if you don’t use the lathe right away. I’m not sure about parts and service.

I believe the fit and finish for my lathe is very good. Especially for the price?

I have gotten some feedback on the middle quality and price lathe tools. HSS and apparently they hold a decent edge. Any thoughts?

Looking to hear from other LJ’ers

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Kerry Drake

169 posts in 3499 days

#1 posted 08-19-2011 03:36 PM

I have turned 3 or 4 things on my HF Lathe now and I have no complaints. I also have nothing to compare it to.

I bought the HF lathe because the price was great, it had a full 12” swing, and it had the long bed. You can also turn the head stock out to turn larger bowls (although the Lathe doesn’t really go slow enough to turn anything too big).

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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David Kirtley

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 01:53 AM

One thing to keep an eye on. The variable speed pulley(the one that opens and closes to change speed) can stick. Make sure to lubricate and check it occasionally that it will open and close properly.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#3 posted 08-20-2011 02:38 AM

Guess that’s where the lithium grease comes in?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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