...... I went to the "Tokyo Woodworking Machinery World Fair", my main reason was to see the SawStop in person, to decide if I would buy it. Short story to that, yes, I think I'll be putting the money down for this saw, WOW is what I'd say, sure is built like a tank and very nice indeed
I went with Alex Reid, from here, and another Canadian buddy, who is a carpenter in Canada, Jake. We had a good long walk around, and looked at a LOT of cool tools, most of them on an industrial scale, but there was more there on a smaller scale than I thought there would be.
One booth had some nice looking lathes, the company is called Geetech, they are in Taiwan. They are part of a larger company called Chui Ting. As you can see on this page >> HERE << these guys build everything for just about everyone You can add Bosch and B&D to that list, according to the guy at the trade show today. They build SawStop, and they said that the SawStop is built to a very high standard, higher than anything else that comes out of their factory, not to disparage anything else, they are all built to the owner's standards.
While we were standing there, looking at the lathes they sell, I noticed that two of the three lathes had stickers on them that said "Sold to Mr. Sato" and such, I asked about the last lathe, the smallest one, and they guy said it was still for sale, I asked how much and he said $220 USD I thought about it for a few minutes, well, maybe a minute, and I said "OK, I'll buy that"
It is the one at the very front.
Variable Speed 300-3600 RPM (three stepped pulleys as well)
Swing over bed: 10"
Distance Between Centers: 16"
Spindle Thread: １”- 8 TPI
Tailstock through hole: 3/8" diameter
Morse Taper: MT#2 Headstock & Tailstock
Self Ejecting Tailstock Travel: 2 1/8"
6" tool rest, 3" faceplate
Motor: 1/2 HP
Weight 87 lbs
The only thing I'll need to get for this is an adapter for the 1" spindle to the 1 1/4" spindle, so I can use all of my chucks on this lathe too.
The trade show ends on Saturday, I'll go pic it up then.
Did I "need" this lathe, well no, but a brand spanking new lathe for $220, hard, very hard to pass up