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#1 posted 02-19-2017 01:14 AM

I can’t tell much from the pictures. I would make sure the tailstock and headstock have #2 Morse tapers. This lathe is mainly spindle work because the low speed is 900+ rpm. You would need a well rounded blank for turning bowls. The tools look very inexpensive. The lathe itself is only a small cost compared to the tools and sharpening cost. I’m not a great user of carbide tools, but they have their place. You can buy the inserts and make your own or buy some carbide tools so you don’t have to deal with sharpening. I’d say it is worth a $100 for a starter lathe.

-- Bill R

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