Wood Turning #1: buying a Lathe

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Blog entry by hardwoodman posted 12-14-2009 07:12 AM 1216 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone! First I would like to start off at saying this web site is the best site I’ve ever been a part of. You don’t know the filling on how we fill about woodworking and advice from fellow woodworkers. Well back to my question; I’m looking into buying a mini-lathe and was wondering if there is anything that I should look out for.Do to the fact that I am unemployed and have very little money to spend. I want to buy a chuck so I can learn to make bowls and other things as well as making pens. any advice would be helpful.thanks.

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 07:29 AM

I purchased a jet mini back when and was very happy with it…not that much money thend….now there are alot of brands on the market…..if you want to make bowls…get the biggest swing that you can…the swing over – means how large in diameter a bowl you can turn…..the jet mini has a 10 inch swing…which means you can turn bowls up to 10 inches. The speed settings are nice too….get a variable speed as it is nice for drilling pens, sanding…....Chucks – The PSI Barracuda is prob the best mini chuck…but then until Dec 24…the nova precision chuck with 2 jaws is on sale for $79 (that is a good deal)...all of them run about 99 not on sale….and some with no jaws….for pen turning you need a madrel…....around $16 ….....and lastly…you will need to get lathe tools…a basic set is around $69….make sure you get HSS at the least…buy the best you can afford….

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 04:33 PM

I was lucky enough to find a Jet mini on Craigs list for $100 bucks it was only a year old.
You may want to consider that as well if you dont mind saving about $300 on a mini lathe…
Good luck with your search.

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#3 posted 12-14-2009 08:41 PM

I was lucky when I bought my jet mini a couple of years ago it came with a free novi chuck,I think jet has a sale going on now at woodcraft.The jet mini works well for me.Good Luck

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