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#1 posted 09-08-2020 05:19 AM

The Turncrafter 10” is a 3/4 hp w/variable speed and lamp. It’s not a bad lathe. It was one of the one of the eight Midi’s I compared with before I bought the Rikon 70-220VSR. I don’t turn pens, I got my lathe to turn Segmented Urns. As mentioned with the costs that can add up. The Commander 10” PKPMSPEC package includes quite a bit. Enough to turn 23 pens. If you do get a different lathe, Penn State Ind does offer six different ‘Pen making Starter Sets’ without the lathe. And the blanks are predrilled. You should think about getting a Mandrel Saver (helps to keep from bending a pen mandrel).

Have you checked ‘facebook Marketplace’ for a used lathe. Maybe check a local woodworkers club. Someone in the club may have a extra lathe for sale.

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