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Jack Lewis

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#1 posted 11-04-2018 03:41 PM

I m taking the plunge into turning. I took a 2 day class last weekend and really liked it. So, I m looking at what lathe to buy. I used the Jet 1221 in the class, so that s the only experience I have.

I m thinking I want the ability to turn table legs, so I want at least 35” between centers. I liked the bowl turning, so I want one large enough to turn a decent sized bowl.

I don t have the budget or shop space for a really large, or expensive lathe. However, I ve gone through enough tools that I don t want to buy a cheap lather and replace it in a couple of years.

So, I seem to be falling into the 16” size, and I m mostly looking at the Laguna 18/36, the Jet 1640EVS, and the Nova Galaxi 16/44.

After my last, and only experience with Grizzly, I m steering clear. See my review on my 8” jointer; it turned out well, but the journey was painful. Not again.

The Laguna looks really nice, 2hp, 18” swing, heavy as heck. But, customer service reviews tend toward the bad, and the recent review posted in LJ makes me worried.

The Nova is also 2hp, but I m concerned that maybe they ve made a fairly simple tool too complicated with all the electronics. How reparable is it if needed? I ve also seen a number of less than favorable reviews of the bubble type buttons. However, there are no belts to change, which sounds nice.

The Jet is a bit more expensive that the other two, only 1.5hp, and the lightest of the bunch, but the reviews are solid, and a 5 year warranty is nice. I think I m leaning in this direction.

So, please, I d love to get some input from those with these lathes, or suggestions on others to look at. I did look at the Baileigh, and it seemed to be exactly the same as the Grizzly (0733), but I m open to hearing differently.

- jmos

Too bad you are soured on Grizzly. Their 0766 for $2095 would be the deal. The Baileigh 18×47 for $2095 is less for the $, as are the Jet 18×40-EVS at $3100 and Laguna Revo 18×36 at $2500 for 220v. Don t know about the northeast, but around Missouri used lathes in this class are just about impossible to find. Smaller ones a dime a dozen, but not 16” and up swing. As with most brands, the actual mfg plant for the jointer is not likely the same as a lathe, but it is your decision to make.

- OSU55

I have upgraded from Grizzly 0462 to the Grizzly 0766 and have all good to say about it. It could use a longer bed or extension for your app but otherwise it has performed admirably. When I was making my comparisons with other lathes of same caliber, my opinion was ” they are mostly made under the same foreign conditions and factories as each other” and the only difference is the QC at this end or the service after sale. As with any model you chose there will be give and take on the bells and whistles, good and bad.

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