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    WANTED wood turning lathe --- So. Calif.

    Hi,

    I think I am going to step off of the cliff into the abyss.
    I intend to purchase a lathe. I have been looking at new in all the usual places. Glenn, my son, suggested that I try the FWW classifieds for used.

    Since I am new to turning, this is the way I am looking at it.
    I would try a mini if the deal was really fantastic.
    I would prefer mid-size.
    I would be thrilled with a 12 / 36.

    I have looked at the Woodtek at $1,400. However that dollar amount scares me since I don't know what in the heck I am doing. Also, I will have to spend quite a few $$$ for tools, chucks, face shield, etc. no matter what I buy. If you have something, give me a call (760-529-2392), email <jandmbradley@cox.net> or 1561 Havenwood Dr. Oceanside, CA 92056

    Enjoy,

    Jim
    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 04-14-2009 at 12:58 AM. Reason: clarification
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    go back and take two deep breaths,, call glenn and ask for help,, you are failing fast and i think he can still save you,, dont go into the vortex
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    Jim, I stared on a lathe almost exactly like the $109.00 model in Chuck's first link. It's workable for pens and bottle stoppers, but real limited power for bowls. The Jet mini is definitely a better lathe, but it's also nearly five times the price.

    I'll keep my eyes open for any decent used ones around here.
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    Jim - I'm starting with the Delta mini. It has about 5 speeds via pulley. Hindsight clearly indicates that variable speed would have been worth saving up for. I'm starting out with a Harbor Freight HSS toolset and three Thompson gouges - 1/2" bowl gouges, one each V and U profile and a 3/8" detail gouge, cause I hated the HF 1/4" spindle gouge. Toss in a facemask with those tools and you're at about $200. Using the HF tools to make handles for the Thompson tools is good practice too. A reasonable chuck that will last until you are self-sufficient enough to be spendy will be around $200 as well.

    Speaking of handles, I know you're not as big as some of the rest of us Hutts here, but you still want to make long handles, especially for the bowl gouges. About 24"-30" is what I'm aiming for. Once you've been using the tools if you want to you can always chop down a handle, but unless you have one of Vaughn's patented wood-stretchers, it's hard to grow 'em out once they're short!

    If you end up not liking it, just give it to Larry next years when he heads West!

    Best of luck - I'm sure others will chime in soon!

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    I have an older Delta 46-140 (if I remember right). It needs a belt and is on a newer stand/table. Let me know if you are interested. I can even deliver it for you if you need a truck.

    Cheers.
    Dan Gonzales
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    http://grizzlyindustrial.com/product...od-Lathe/G0658

    The specs on this are interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gonzales View Post
    I have an older Delta 46-140 (if I remember right). It needs a belt and is on a newer stand/table. Let me know if you are interested. I can even deliver it for you if you need a truck.

    Cheers.
    Dan does it look like this?
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    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Leetch View Post
    Dan does it look like this?
    Yep, just like that. Thinking about it I don't remember if it is a Delta or Rockwell label on it.

    It is clean and I have it in a shed in the backyard. I am taking it out tomorrow to snap some pics for Jim.

    I told Jim how I paid $200 for it and that's all I want back. It is complete, no breaks or repairs, original motor and good bearings. It is on a newer/heavier stand and top. One or two faceplates, spur center, fixed tail center and 6" tool rest. I will get a belt for it.

    Do you guys think that's a fair price?
    Dan Gonzales
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    I think that's a fair price for both parties involved.

    Jim, this Rockwell/Delta is WAY better than anything you'll find new for $200, and in some ways better than a $500 mini lathe. Plus, if you decide down the road that turning's not for you, you should be able to get your investment back selling it to the next guy.
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