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#1 posted 11-22-2019 05:14 PM

So I own the Jet 16X42 and it has been a fine machine.
However if I was to buy another and budget permitting I would pick the Laguna 24X36.
I have used the 24×36 many times now, and love that lathe.
And with the reduced budget. which is my reality I would go with the grizzly GO766.
While I have not used that lathe, I have several friends that own it. and it has worked very well for them.
I really did not know about Grizzly at the time I purchased my Jet. And so I did not give it the consideration that it should have.

So I have no opinion about Oliver, although looking at it just now it looks like a beast.
I have some limited time using a Oneway lathe, and a PM 2020B. And own a couple Oneway chucks, that I really like.
All the lathes I have time on, other than my Jet.
A PM 2020, Oneway, and the Laguna 24X36. Are the lathes that Jimmy Clewes has in his shop.
Living in the same city as Jimmy has given me the opportunity to turn with him frequently.
And since he added the Laguna. I grab it every time I go there. lol,

So what I like about the Jet, Laguna, Grizzly and PM over the Oneway, and Oliver. Is that the head stock is adjustable, in that it will slide down the bed.
The PM and the Laguna have shorter Beds. The PM 2020B is only 20” between centers. And if all your ever going to do is bowls that will work fine. Now not to rule out PM, they have lathes with longer beds,

But with the longer bed you have the option to do more if you want. ( long tool handles, big vase or even spindle work). And Just last week I did a little hollow form, and had the head stock moved all the way to the end of the bed. way more comfortable standing at the end, than leaning over the bed.
If you look at all these lathes, for the most part the only real difference is the Swing of each model, and paint job of the brand.

So the Laguna features that I like, what makes it different. Is the Drive unit itself. I am tall, and I really like the angled controls right up on top. easy to see and operate. And the drive spindle has the cone shape to it. That has been a really cool feature too. Gives you more room to work. And last, the 24X36 I have used has a second remote control panel. When working at the end of the lathe, sometimes it is nice to not have to reach past you spinning work to adjust or stop the lathe.

Wild wood, great info you got there.

Well, a little long winded read here. Hope it helps.

-- John

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