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8 posts in 81 days

#1 posted 09-08-2020 01:25 AM

Thanks so much for the advice, everyone. I can see that there is no one way to go, and honestly Craigslist has been failing me in my consistent searches both for lathes and for drill presses which I’d really like to add ASAP, as well. I guess everyone else nearby has the same goals that I do at the moment. I found a Lincoln welder in great shape with some accessories about a month ago and that seems to be where my luck ended!
With my son’s birthday coming up at the end of the month and shipping taking so long I kinda want to nail this down and not just cross my fingers I’ll score something later. The all inclusive Pennstateind link you shared looked appealing, WoodenDreams, but it’s out of stock, as are most of the rest of their packages. This version is the only one still in stock:
Are there any downsides to this package deal other than that I might find a better deal/more powerful lathe on Craigslist if I wait and get a better bang for my buck? Is it more difficult to use or are there other limits, lack of adjustability or complicating factors I should consider for a first lathe?
I really appreciate your expertise and will be looking into the other suggestions and brand names, as well!

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