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Posted on DELTA WINs -- RIKON Mini Lathe Model 70-100 or the DELTA 46-460 ????

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 07:16 PM

Good speed control is key on a lathe, especially if the initial piece is out of balance. For small stuff not such a big deal but then you’ll want to be able to spin it pretty fast, especially when sanding, because the small diameter translates to relatively slower surface speed.

For detailed work, a set of small turning tools is nice to have. Big tooling would be a waste on such a small lathe.

There are some amazing options these days for holding the workpiece, but if you are mostly doing “between centres” or “spindle” turning, you won’t need most of them. Scroll chucks, vacuum chucks, spigot chucks . . . are for so-called “faceplate” turning (making bowls and the like).

A lot of cheaper lathes come with pretty poor spur centres. A good one is worth buying.

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