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Forum topic by Dabcan posted 06-15-2015 08:43 PM 1554 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2015 08:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe king industrial mini

King Industrial has a new mini lathe they are selling. No reviews yet as its new this year, but it looks familiar so I assume it is the same as one or more import lathes that get a different coat of paint and a new logo and called by a different name.

Has anyone used a similar looking 12×18 lathe before?

I’d love to know more about it. I’m a bit hesitant as it has a digital readout and I feel this could break long before the basic mechanics of the lathe.

Thanks in advance.

-- @craftcollectif ,,

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#1 posted 06-15-2015 09:54 PM

It looks to be an exact clone of the PSI Turncrafter 12” Commander. I had one and loved it. It was great for small stuff. I learned lots of technique on it. I sold it and bought a Nova 1624 for more HP, bigger capacity, a turning headstock, and reverse capability.

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#2 posted 06-15-2015 10:52 PM

interesting…. I’m wondering though, there’s a shop selling the Delta midi lathe for $100 more, I feel like this is the better deal?

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#3 posted 06-16-2015 12:00 PM

The reverse function is worth the price difference, IMO. It is really handy when sanding stubborn end grain. I know nothing of their reviews.

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#4 posted 06-17-2015 04:30 AM

interesting…. I m wondering though, there s a shop selling the Delta midi lathe for $100 more, I feel like this is the better deal?

- Dabcan

So you have a choice between the best midi lathe made or saving $100 and buying an untested Chinese import.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 09-30-2015 11:01 PM

I bought this lathe at the Hamilton Ontario woodshow Feb 28 2015. I was told that I could pick it up in 2 weeks at Teg Tools on Barton street. well it finally arrived on JULY 8.
It did not get much use as I was busy but then on Aug 6 the electronic vari-drive burned out.
Took it to their listed approved repair center. got it back about 3 weeks later, set it up and speed would not go below 1000rpm ( min should be 450 rpm)..... took it back the next day.
They ordered another vari-drive but when they installed it it still would not go below 1000. I asked if there was an adjustment on the board and was told that he had never been told of one.
They called their area sale rep for assistance but he did not return their calls.
I have repeatedly emailed Ted Fuller a VP at King asking for assistance. Last week he responded saying the he would set up communications between the repair depot and his Service Manager so they could tell him how to adjust the speed.
This morning ( getting fed up) I phoned and asked for the phone number of Kings Ontario sales rep. Got it and called him. he said he would put the Service Manager in touch with the service center ( same thing the VP said last week). I called the service center just before 5 and they had not had any calls on this.
I do not blame the service center on this a obviously King has not provided proper training.

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