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Forum topic by Woodturning63 posted 08-10-2020 09:02 PM 371 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2020 09:02 PM

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I have a full workshop (minus a lathe) and I would like to try my hand at turning. Can anyone recommend a quality lathe (preferably around 10ā€ diameter) I was hoping to spend give or take $250 on a new lathe (not including tools, chuck etc) All suggestions welcome!

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#1 posted 08-10-2020 11:02 PM

Best bang for the buck is to look for a nice used lathe, which typically will come with a few extras that can save you a bit more cash. Look for name brands and stay away from those ‘tube’ lathes – look for real cast iron. There are plenty out there. My first lathe was a Delta 10” that cost me $50 and I used the snot out of that thing! Woodturning can be a lot of fun, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg if you don’t want it to.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 08-11-2020 12:15 AM

Check to see if there is a woodturning club in your area. In such groups there are always lathes for sale or loan as members upgrade their equipment.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#3 posted 08-11-2020 03:34 AM

Just a few months ago I got the Rikon 70-220VSR. I wanted minimum 1 hp with reverse. I almost bought a used ShopSmith Mark IV 1/2 hp with a bunch of accessories @ $250. Was a nice older lathe, but I didn’t want to be disappointed with a lathe less than 3/4 hp.
For a good used midi lathe, $250 is in the ball park and as mentioned above, usually used euipment comes with additional goodies. Have you checked ‘facebook marketplace’ for a used one.

In the Wood Magazine, HF advertisement has a super coupon for their 12×33 wood lathe @ $299. The coupon expires 9/21/20. I could mail you the coupon. Every so often HF will put this lathe on sale with super coupon for this price, in the Wood Magazine and the Poplar Woodworking Magazine. Regular price $399. with HF I’d recommend buying the extended warranty

These are just a few with a quick search
-HF 10×18 1/2 hp @ $260

-Menards can get you the Rikon 70-105 10×18, 3.8 amp motor @ $267 with rebate 5 yr warranty

-Penn State Ind has their Commander 10×18 3/4 hp @ $370.

-Grizzly has their H8259 10×18 1/2 hp @ $325.

-Grizzly has on sale right now T25920 12×18 3/4 hp @ $325.

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#4 posted 08-11-2020 10:47 PM

Wow! Thanks so much for all of the suggestions, I will look through them and let you know. Thanks again..

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#5 posted 08-12-2020 03:06 AM

I will add to the above by suggesting you pay attention to the diameter of the “swing”. If you think you might like to make some bowls, you will want enough of a “swing” to make something of a useful size. Some older lathes that you find on the used market were primarily for turning spindles and the “swing” may be minimal. The Grizzly that WoodenDreams mentioned looks like a nice one.

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#6 posted 08-13-2020 04:30 PM

WoodenDreams, if you still have the coupon for the HF lathe Iā€™m definitely interested in it, let me know. Thanks

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#7 posted 08-14-2020 08:53 PM

It’s sent.

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