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My HF Lathe and Duplicator

My HF Lathe and Duplicator

03-30-2021 06:42 PM by bruc101 | 6 comments »

I purchased my HF lathe about 3 years ago, added my duplicator to it, and have turned several 100 legs and spindles on it. I’m not and never have been a bowl turner so i can’t give my opinion how it works for that. The lathe has worked flawless for me, does what I ask it to do, and has never let me down. It’s an inexpensive lathe and I’ve taken excellent care of it and never try to make it do anything it’s not built to do. I purchased our youngest daughter o...

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Great lathe workhorse

Great lathe workhorse

03-01-2021 09:25 PM by CraigR1 | 1 comment »

I got this lathe June 2020. This is a workhorse unit. It has power to spare, I love the rotating headstock and I have never had anything so easy to change voltage input on. I made a 12” pigtail with 220 male plug and 120 female plug, plugged it in and it auto recognizes the voltage. I love not have to change jumpers or move wiring inside the unit. I have without an outrigger turned 22” platter. The great thing about the rotatable headstock is me having several aftermarket replac...

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WEN 8x12 3420T Wood Lathe - 7 months, 39 projects & DEAD

WEN 8x12 3420T Wood Lathe - 7 months, 39 projects & DEAD

11-18-2020 03:51 PM by MovingChips | 9 comments »

WEN 8×12 3420T Wood Lathe – 7 Months old, 39 projects in and the lathe has died. This is my final review and look at the WEN 8×12 model 3420t. - Weak motor- Soft Metal (tool rest and head stock)- No replacement parts- Tool rest lowest setting not low enough- Not meant for bowl turning + Variable speed control+ 110v house outlet (no special electrical outlet required) I may have pushed this little lathe beyond its manufactures suggested usage. To understand this is to ...

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Nice lathe, too bad it's got a few issues

Nice lathe, too bad it's got a few issues

11-11-2020 04:21 PM by glen | 14 comments »

I bought this as an upgrade to my craftex lathe (akin to Grizzly in the US) that served me well for years. The laguna unit has good and bad features. I am a hobbyist turning mostly small things, like pens. I’ve had it for about a month and have turned a few pens on it The good: -way more torque than my old one. Combined with a sharp tool, this really feels like a “real” lathe, not just a toy. Sanding with MM actually gets a full shine on the wood (I could probably not put...

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WEN 8x12 3420T Wood Lathe - cannot recommend

WEN 8x12 3420T Wood Lathe - cannot recommend

06-24-2020 08:22 PM by MovingChips | 11 comments »

Fellow wood turner told me about this site, suggesting I become a member and provide my review of the lathe. I recently posted a video on YouTube, which I’ll link below (if for some reason this is not allowed, please remove the link). The WEN 8×12 Model 3420T This wood lathe is very inexpensive and is why I bought it, as a new turner. I was not sure I would like turning wood and thought this would be a good start for the least amount of money (in case I did not like turning)....

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Stratos CO-230 Lathe by Colt-Riss

Stratos CO-230 Lathe by Colt-Riss

04-27-2019 12:03 PM by Underdog | 13 comments »

Link to Website: Stratos CO-230 Lathe by Colt-RissNOTE: This has a link to the vendors under “Where To Buy”.Here’s a link to their brochure. 4/27/19I was the glad recipient of this lathe in a drawing held at Johannes Michelson’s booth at the 2016 AAW woodturning symposium in Atlanta. I was working on this review when my father passed away and interrupted a lot of things. I intended to finish this review ever since, but of course one thing led to another and soon it ...

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Powermatic 3520C - Initial Impressions

Powermatic 3520C - Initial Impressions

03-13-2019 12:29 PM by edapp | 6 comments »

Wanted to do a quick review of this because it is relatively new and have not seen a review of it posted here yet. This is only my initial impressions! I will follow up in a year or so when I have more time on the machine…. Another caveat – this is my first lathe. So take all of these things with a grain of salt. I do however have realistic expectations based on owning many tools from many brands and some pretty nice ones mixed in. This was by far my most expensive single tool ...

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Rikon 70-220VSR Midi Lathe

Rikon 70-220VSR Midi Lathe

01-09-2019 11:14 PM by woodchipsron | 8 comments »

Bought this new from Woodcraft on 5/1/2018. Worked absolutely wonderful for a few months – weekend wood turner projects. Started experiencing some delayed starting and inconsistent rpm on motor after about 5 months. Called and spoke to Rikon and they acknowledged that they have a motor problem in some of these – specifically the brush/armature interface. They were very nice about it and indicated that a new motor is forthcoming at no charge but have to wait up to 3 months before a...

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Medium sized lathe, with all the best stuff

Medium sized lathe, with all the best stuff

12-18-2018 01:57 PM by Avi | 3 comments »

I have been working with the Scout for about 4 months now. I only got into turning about 16 months ago, but once I realized I will probably be turning until I am dead, I decided to skip the usual upgrade path and just go straight to the top, instead of waiting for my retirement and/or greater ability to afford it. My shop is tiny (and in the basement) so I am unable to fit in a permanently standing lathe, so it needs to be on wheels. Thus the lathe plus cabinet/stand cannot weigh more tha...

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Disappointed by this lathe

Disappointed by this lathe

09-28-2018 06:04 AM by cathyb | 44 comments »

One month ago my Laguna 18/36 lathe arrived and I was excited. My previous lathe was from General Tools. It did not have any bells or whistles, but it was a dependable workhorse and I wish I had that lathe now. These are the problems I have experience so far with the Laguna: 1. If dust or small chips get wedged in the banjo clamp handle it will not lock in place. Take the time to brush off the dust and get the dang thing to hold in position on the bed. Really? 2. Same problem w...

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