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    casual observation Oneway 1224

    Went to a friend's shop yesterday and saw his new Oneway 1224 lathe. He also has a big Powermatic. The Oneway replaced a Jet mini. After the first blush of being impressed, like seeing a Ferrari, I quickly got unimpressed. Now, I'm sure it is top quality all the way. Oneway has a great reputation. But, without using it, the downsides, as I see them, are: the EVS does not have a digital read-out for RPMs; the headstock is fixed; the positioning of the bottom shelf makes getting close to the work awkward (e.g. can't put feet under and get close); the controls are on the back side, one must reach over the work, IMHO this poses a possible safety hazard. The spindle center height was a bit high for my comfort but might be OK for a tall guy.
    I didn't use it or even turn it on. But those factors alone would turn me to another brand and model.
    And, at about $2,500.00, I wouldn't expect these design problems to exist. Oh, well.

    p.s. this ad photo is from the back side, not the working side.
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    Would it help if it was painted green?

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    Would it help if it was painted green?

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.
    And cost only $500.................................
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    Would it help if it was painted green?

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.
    Frank, you gotta admit that's funny!

    I've thought the same about the smaller oneways, but their large lathes are much more desireable and user friendly, IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Stratton View Post
    And cost only $500.................................
    Actually, nope and nope.

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    There you go again Frank. You never seize to astound me.
    You are actually comparing a Grizzly to a Oneway and think a Grizzly comes out ahead.

    Mark Twain once said "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

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    OK, I had my laugh. Seriously I can see what your saying Frank. I don't care about a speed readout but I can see why someone would expect one. Headstock fixed wouldn't bother me, but not being to able to stand close and the controls not being able to be moved around do surprise me for that price.

    Ron, you better read again. Frank never compared it to a Grizzly nor even mentioned Grizz. I just was kidding him with the painting in green comment. That's where there that got started.
    Last edited by Jeff Horton; 08-05-2008 at 03:32 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    Ron, you better read again. Frank never compared it to a Grizzly nor even mentioned Grizz. I just was kidding him with the painting in green comment. That's where there that got started.
    I've played on a 1224 a few times.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Sardo View Post
    I've played on a 1224 a few times.


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    Ron, I would delete your avatar but opinions are OK. However, as was pointed out, I never said anything about Grizzly. Only observations of the 1224. Painting green would not allow placing feet in a comfortable position, lower the height or make reaching for controls safer.
    If you git too rough, I can just send my cousin, Rocco, to visit you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Ron, I would delete your avatar but opinions are OK. However, as was pointed out, I never said anything about Grizzly. Only observations of the 1224. Painting green would not allow placing feet in a comfortable position, lower the height or make reaching for controls safer.
    If you git too rough, I can just send my cousin, Rocco, to visit you.

    What you don't like my avatar! My work shop is in the basement. My wife calls me Granpa Munster whenever I come up from the "Dungeon"

    Besides, my cousin Guido is bigger than your cousin Rocco!

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