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I have a small wood turning shop in my basement. Currently turn on a modified General 160. It has a wood base and an intermediate pulley which enables me to select speeds between 100 and 2,500 rpm. Hoping to upgrade to a Oneway in the future. While some of my power tools are relatively old, they do the job. My 30 year old Busy Bee 17 inch bandsaw has been upgraded with new roller guides. I don’t use it for accurate resawing or the like, but it saws blanks very well. Latest upgrade was a Delta 8 inch. Variable speed grinder with Oneway wheels, balancing system and the Wolverine grinding jig.

-- One Full Turn Woodturnings

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#1 posted 01-06-2017 04:38 PM

Nice Lathe and great stand for it. I was looking at a General 160-1 or a -2 a couple years ago, but didn’t have the space for more than a mini lathe (and I have been stuck with a Jet 12×20 ever since). They are a great Canadian made tool.

I fell in love with my Wolverine jig the first time I used it. I honestly think I would have given up on turning if it hadn’t been for that grinding jig.

Welcome to LJ’s Onefullturn. I look forward to seeing some of your other turning projects

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#2 posted 01-06-2017 11:42 PM

HI Jeff. Interestingly, this lathe started off as a 160-2 variable speed model. There were 3 problems with it. First, it was very noisy. The variable speed pulley system tended to bounce up and down and the metal cabinet amplified the sound. Second, the bouncing caused vibration that translated to the lathe bed. Third, the lathe wanted to accelerate if I set it above 1,000 rpm. So I replaced the metal base with a wooden one, replaced the single step variable speed pulley on the headstock spindle with a 4 step pulley and mounted the intermediate spindle that has 2 pulleys. A 1 HP motor drives the lathe and has a reversing switch. The headstock spindle was also reverse threaded on the out board side so I could mount chucks and faceplates without worrying about them coming off. The lathe is also mounted on a plywood bed that allows me to turn up to 20 inches on the outboard side. If I was going to keep the lathe, I would replace the plywood base with one made from rock maple because there is a bit of flex to it. I convinced myself recently that a Oneway lathe will replace this one in the near future. Oneway is located about an hour from where I live. I visited their plant last year and you really have to see one of their lathes in operation to appreciate just how well it is engineered. I will post some more projects shortly. Take care.

-- One Full Turn Woodturnings

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