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Deborah Bond

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03-02-2008 05:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe

Hello and how is everyone? So, I’ve started looking at lathe’s and read an artical on how this fellow found the perfect lathe and it is called “the Stubby – Omega”. Well….. once I saw the price of this thing I was a bit stunned to say the least! So how about a shout out on a good first time or beginners lathe? I would hate to invest so much and decide I don’t have the nack for working with wood. I have faith here but you have to admit that is a bit steep for a beginner. Hope all is well with everyone.
God Bless,

-- Deborah,Alabama,[email protected]

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#1 posted 03-02-2008 06:12 AM

I will take a stab at this after clarifying my limited experience. I too am planning on getting into turning. What I say may not be the most accurate, just based on my recent research. First it depends on what type of turning you plan to do, how much you want to spend, and how much space you have. If you are going to turn small things; pens, bottle stoppers, finials, small plates, small bowls,... then you would probably be best served with a mini lathe such as a Jet or Ricon. If you are going to turn longer pieces and/or larger diameter pieces you might look at NOVA 1624, Jet VS Pro, or Grizzly G0462. I decided on the Grizzly based on features, customer service, reviews, and price. I do not take delivery until 3-3-08. I will write a review after I have had a chance to use it.

Another consideration is all the accessories you will need. I just invested more in tools and the Wolverine sharpening system and attachements than I did on the lathe, and still don’t have everything I want. But then again I will ever have everything I want.

Hope this helps. I will be interested what the experienced turners have to say.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 03-02-2008 07:24 AM

My wife picked up a used jet mini lathe a few months ago. Neither of us has turned anything, ever. We are now turning bowls, Vases (Hollow Forms), Pepper Mills, Pens, etc… Look for a good quality used mini (like a jet) then invest in good tools (Sorby or some such level or quality) not to mention a way to sharpen them. If you own a slow speed grinder the Wolverine system is the easiest to use.

feel free to toss me an email if you hvae any other questions [email protected]

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 03-02-2008 03:57 PM

I have a Jet mini and I love it. I’d suggest spending the extra $ to get the electronically controlled model, though. It is easy enough to reposition the belts on the manual one (mine), but a bit of a pain and slows down your work.

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