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#1 posted 09-07-2020 11:18 PM

I found an electronic variable speed at menards and it has been very good for $ $100 on a close out. Looks like many small lathes, including the Grizzly T25926, which is $ 395 new. I would not want a lathe where I had to move a belt for speed change. ( started with one ) I like carbide tools, although the purists shun them. Get a round cutter and a chisel with square, and slightly radius cutters. Easy Wood Tools easy start tools will cost $60 for each chisel. So that is $520 plus tax and shipping. A great starting setup and much better than what I started with in 1973. Great for pens , Christmas ornaments, and other small turnings.

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