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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 | 12 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 | 7 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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Adds variable speed, subtracts power

Adds variable speed, subtracts power

07-28-2018 12:29 AM by JayT | 18 comments »

A few years ago, I got a great deal on a 10in Jet lathe that was on closeout. I wanted variable speed, but the deal was too good to pass up. I also knew this kit from Penn State Industries existed and thought I could do the conversion in the future and still have less invested than buying a new variable speed lathe. During the recent Mallet Swap, I was doing a lot of turning and finally decided to spring for this kit and was looking forward to not switching belts near as much. Issue #1,...

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Laguna Revo 18|36 Initial review

Laguna Revo 18|36 Initial review

03-05-2018 11:41 PM by rizzo | 14 comments »

Before this review begins, let me first start by saying this is a combination review of the purchase process, the pickup/delivery, the setup and the first 30+ days of use. This is not meant as a full review of the lathe. In a year (or so) I will follow up with a more thorough review as I use the tool more and report back any findings, that may differ from this review. So with that “fine print” out of the way, let me say that while I feel like I decided quite quickly what lathe ...

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Central machinery harbor freight lathe review

Central machinery harbor freight lathe review

02-21-2018 01:18 AM by Gunnyb4 | 22 comments »

I did a you tube review of this lathe and figured it might be helpful on here for someone. I’ve owned it for over 2 years with no issues really to complain about. I was nervous when I bought it but didn’t have the extra cash at the time when my previous lathe kicked the bucket. https://youtu.be/XNZwXpc5TdE

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Revo set-up

Revo set-up

01-27-2018 02:54 PM by Dan Katz | 2 comments »

My shop was designed to house a heavy lathe and has a 6’ x 6’ x 20” slab which has the main beam for the crane sunk down 18” into the slab. The lathe is set directly under the path of the crane to help load heavy objects onto the spindle. This has proved over the years to be invaluable.I decided not to use the leveling feet but used shims to level the machine and then bolted the head stock end to the main beam of the shop and also bolted the tail-stock end to the floor...

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Unpacking -Revo 1836

Unpacking -Revo 1836

01-27-2018 02:15 PM by Dan Katz | 2 comments »

I ordered my new Lathe from Packard and had it delivered to a friends cabinet shop where they loaded it on to a pickup and brought it to my shop. I have an overhead crane system which moves out to the middle of my drive and enables me to lift objects out of a truck bed or trailer.My first objective was to remove the lathe from the box without destroying the box in case I wanted to return it or move it in the future.Before removing the lathe I found the plug and tested to see if it would fit m...

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