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Posted on Need Advice On What's The Most Desirable Low RPM Range On A Wood Lathe

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Wildwood

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#1 posted 10-05-2014 09:30 PM

Really hard question because do not know what you want to turn. Buying an expensive lathe with all latest & greatest features may hold some resale value, while inexpensive bare bone lathe no so much.

For large unbalanced pieces of wood slow RPM’s lot safer. Also slower RPM’s great for sanding no matter what you turn.

Today electronic variable speed highly desirable feature on any size lathe only have to change belt from low to high range and back are required.

Next move the belt over pulleys to change speed lathes. You have to look at specs but most come with 4 slot pulleys. These lathes easier to fix than EVS & reeves drive lathe in MHO.

Then have reeves drive lathes and can only change speeds while lathe is running.

Before buying a lathe get an idea of what you want to turn. Lathes come in mini, midi, or full size lathe. Then look at specs, features, & optional accessories needed to turn what you want. On small lathes can only turn small things but on big lathes can turn both.

That HF 34706 reeves drive lathe very popular starter lathe for many people.

-- Bill


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