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    Craftsman lathe....any good?

    I know that craftsman lathes are not the best but......are they any good at all? One for sale in my area for $75.00 includes two tool rests and tools.
    Last edited by Tom Baugues; 06-19-2009 at 02:56 AM.

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    Tom, it depends on the model. Any pics or model numbers? r do you know the capacity? My first full-size lathe was a Craftsman with a 15" swing. I bought it used, and I turned quite a few decent pieces on it before I moved up to the Powermatic.

    If the one you're seeing is the 15" model, then the $75 price is a steal.
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    I think the guy said 12 x 36 with 4 pre-set speeds.

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    OK, that sounds like one of their older models. Hard to say how decent it is. Some of the older ones were well-made (I think they were made by Atlas back in the day). If you've got $75 to play with, I'd say get it and try it. If you don't like it, I'm pretty sure you could sell it for what you pay for it.

    Of course, the lathe is the least expensive part of turning. It's all the other bits and pieces that will turn your wallet into Swiss cheese.
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    I e-mailed him. He said it's a " Craftsman Copycrafter, with a 1/2 hp motor.

    Tom

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    Here is his photo. I'm not to sure about this?????
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    I found this over at OWWM......... >> PDF <<

    From what I can see, this is a fixture that attaches to a round bed lathe that is used for making a bunch of identical items, like spindles.

    I honestly think you money could be better spent elsewhere, unless you have the need to make a bunch of identical spindles

    Ask him for a part number, something like "113.249070" (the copy crafter Part number). This will give you a bunch more info.

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    Well...I went ahead and bought this lathe tonight. The deal was that it was the 12" lathe AND the copy duplicator. It was already mounted on a 6' long workbench as well. It also came with a set of tools and faceplate, and smaller tool rest. I thought it would be a good deal for me until I outgrow it. It also gives me plenty of time to look for something bigger (nicer). I should be able to now attempt some smaller bowls and such. It has some surface rust but I think it will clean up nicely.

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    I think that you did "Okay" -- the next step in this process is to have "FUN"

    Many photos -- please!!!
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    With that copy attachment on it, it's sort of like a tube bed lathe with outriggers. It might help stabilize things a bit having the extra pieces in place. While it's not anything you'll be swinging big chunks of tree on, you'll get some experience out of it, and probably more fun than $75 worth of movie passes would generate. (And chance are, with some practice you can sell enough pens and bottle stoppers to cover the cost of the lathe plus some of the additional stuff you'll be buying soon.)

    Next step: Do you have a good way to sharpen your new chisels? Having truly sharp tools will make a big difference in the enjoyment factor.

    And don't forget to pick up a face shield if you don't already have one.
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