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  1. #1
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    Starter lathe

    Does this look like a decent starter lathe?

    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/tls/1152704821.html

    After seeing some of the beautiful work everyone else is creating here I have to admit, my fear of turning is starting to subside. As an added bonus my son is really wanting to get into turning. As long as it's not trash you can't really beat the price. I just don't know if it's trash or not. Also, it's about an hour and a half drive from my home.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    Don't know what kind of lathe that is from the picture, Terry, but unless it's complete junk the chisels alone are probably well worth $75. Sorry I'm not more help. I hope someone will recognize what brand the lathe is.
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    Sure looks brand new too!
    Go ahead and run clown, with those big floppy shoes, you won't get far.

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    It sure looks like >> THIS << lathe, on E-bay for $99

    Definitely a "Spindle" lathe, 4 speeds, 1100, 1600, 2300, 3400 rpm

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    E-bay lathe $99

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    Craigs list lathe $75, plus tools

    Like I said, if you only want to do spindle work, or work between centers, this would be fine (pens come to mind!)

    Cheers!


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    Could be one of those eBay specials. Either no-name or recently made up name. Tailstock looks real flimsy to me, perhaps a clue to how the rest is built. Looks new, how much can be in it for $75.00.
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    Looks a lot like what HF sells to. I had one many years back and never used it as it looked way to flimsy to put anything on.
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    To fast to turn bowls.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "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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    I was given a pretty much identical lathe a few years ago, and it's not worth the cheap sheet metal it's made from. It has an oddball threaded spindle (with no Morse taper), and it's about as stout as wet spaghetti. I would not recommend it for anything, even pens. I'm sure some folks have done just fine with similar lathes, but life's too short to use junky tools. The chisels might be worth $75, but if they're one of the Harbor Freight sets, that's almost twice what they sell for new.

    In short, my recommendation is don't buy it. Keep watching Craigslist and something better will come along.
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    Thanks guys. I've not been able to get this person to contact me about the lathe. Looks like the consensus is to leave this one alone so leave it alone I shall. Thanks!

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    Starter Lathe

    I agree with most of em here,for one the slowest spead is way to fast for me.
    If you want to just test the waters,so to speak,you could take a look at some of the mini lathes out there.Ricon,Jet,delta just to name a few.I would stay away from most of those no names as there not even good boat anchor's

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