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    Last Lathe You'll Ever Need

    Anyone read the article in FW? What do the experts think?

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    Got a link, or is it in the print version only?
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    Never mind...it's in the current print issue, but I found it on the website. (Viewable by web subscription only, but here's the link for those who subscribe.)

    Last lathe? Not for me...I like the big stuff too much. The 12" swing would be a limiting factor for me. But for a lot of folks, any one of those lathes could keep them happy for the rest of their lives. Personally, out of this group I'd be most interested in the Delta, since it has lots of horsepower and is reversible. The Penn State looks good on paper, but I'd be a bit cautious buying it due to their past reputation for having fit and finish problems. Jet has a great reputation and legions of loyal followers, but I'd want reverse and a 1 hp motor. (I also like the wider belt on the Delta compared to the Jet.)

    Of course, they left out perhaps the best midi lathe available:

    http://www.oneway.ca/lathes/1224lathe.htm

    But it's in a whole other ballpark, both in price and in quality.
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    Go out and look at the Robust Sweet 16. That would be my last. I was a Oneway fan until I checked the Robust. Watch the video. The builder thought of everything...

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    Yeah, the Sweet 16 is indeed sweet. This particular article was centered on 12" benchtop midi lathes (with a 14" General included in the group).

    I suspect my "last lathe ever" would be something like the Robust American Beauty, or perhaps the Serious SL2542. The Serious lathe has two marks against it...no sliding headstock and no remote control panel. I only use the sliding headstock on my lathe occasionally, but when I need it, it's great to have it. And I'm hooked on having the controls (at least the on-off button) mounted somewhere near my right hand instead of on the headstock. I'd also like to check out a Stubby in person one of these days. Their owners are very loyal, but I've also heard some folks say they had used one and didn't really like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Yeah, the Sweet 16 is indeed sweet. This particular article was centered on 12" benchtop midi lathes (with a 14" General included in the group).

    I suspect my "last lathe ever" would be something like the Robust American Beauty, or perhaps the Serious SL2542. The Serious lathe has two marks against it...no sliding headstock and no remote control panel. I only use the sliding headstock on my lathe occasionally, but when I need it, it's great to have it. And I'm hooked on having the controls (at least the on-off button) mounted somewhere near my right hand instead of on the headstock. I'd also like to check out a Stubby in person one of these days. Their owners are very loyal, but I've also heard some folks say they had used one and didn't really like it.
    at 1500 lbs the Serious SL2542 will need a strong floor and a numbers of outridders to install it---I wonder if this lathe could be use for a metal lathe

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray hampton View Post
    ...I wonder if this lathe could be use for a metal lathe
    Although it has the power and the weight, without the carriage and feed and lead screws, I don't think it'd work too well as a metal lathe.
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    [QUOTE=Vaughn McMillan;242837]
    Of course, they left out perhaps the best midi lathe available:

    http://www.oneway.ca/lathes/1224lathe.htm

    But it's in a whole other ballpark, both in price and in quality.
    Would anyone mind if I do a small "gloat" here!

    The day after it was installed and the day before it started turning pens!

    The 24" extension came with it. I've just never got around to installing it yet!
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    If I were going for a 12" swing and money wasn't a issue it would be the Oneway 1224 but since money does talk or well the Banker (LOML) talks I would definitely look at the Delta like Vaughn said for the 1 hp and reverse.
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