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My first lathe

by Jrobinson37
posted 02-17-2017 09:42 PM

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#1 posted 02-18-2017 12:36 AM

Does it work? If it does then $100 is great for a first lathe to find out if you’re even interested. No big loss if your enthusiasm for turning wanes.

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#2 posted 02-18-2017 05:01 PM

It’s a cheap lathe, that’s why the price is cheap. Might be alright for starting. These tips for buying a vintage lathes are also helpful for buying any used lathe.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 02-18-2017 05:48 PM

Very helpful. That’s the kind of info I was hoping to find when I posted. Thanks.

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#4 posted 02-18-2017 05:51 PM

I think it would be fine. I would say that $100.00 is an accurate price….see if you can get the seller to throw in the grinder shown. If you get into turning or not, you can always get your money back out of it. It has a 3/4 hp motor and flat ways, as opposed to a lot of the lathes of this era having tube ways, which I hear are a nightmare….It also has a 14” swing which is bigger than normal. My concern is that the ways may not be substantial enough to not flex under a bigger load and stress…. but it will be fine for smaller spindle work and smaller items like pens, wine stoppers and such….all in all I would go for it.
Just my .02

-- Mike

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#5 posted 02-18-2017 05:57 PM

I started out on on similar to that for 80.00 including lathe tools. Good luck

and wear a face mask.

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#6 posted 02-19-2017 01:14 AM

I can’t tell much from the pictures. I would make sure the tailstock and headstock have #2 Morse tapers. This lathe is mainly spindle work because the low speed is 900+ rpm. You would need a well rounded blank for turning bowls. The tools look very inexpensive. The lathe itself is only a small cost compared to the tools and sharpening cost. I’m not a great user of carbide tools, but they have their place. You can buy the inserts and make your own or buy some carbide tools so you don’t have to deal with sharpening. I’d say it is worth a $100 for a starter lathe.

-- Bill R

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