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    Is this lathe worth $50?

    I know, Harbor Freight doesn't have much going for it. It is sitting in a pawn shop and probably could be had for less.

    It comes with the spur drive, live center tail stock and a 4" face plate.

    I am shipping my one lathe to my son in California and just need one for doing ca finishes.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/5-speed...the-65345.html

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    I have one of those lathes, that said, I am FAR from being a turner, I don't do a lot of turning, but it works for me with what little turning I do, I also got a bed extension for it if I have do longer pieces.
    Last edited by Dan Mooney; 11-28-2013 at 07:26 PM.
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    Dale, some of those cheap lathes don't have Morse Tapers. The spur drive threads on the headstock. So for CA finishing, you might check so you can put your pen mandrel in it.
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    Mine has an MT2 taper on the Head and Tail stock
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    Any lathe that turns smoothly, and has all its parts, is worth$50. You can certainly turn spindle work and small bowls. Pens may be a little fine for it, but you'd have to see. I just sold my HF lathe. I did some good stuff on it, but I never tried anything long or fine.
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    welcome back dale, been WAAAAAY to long friend
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    I'm usually hesitant to recommend HF lathes, but for $50, I'd probably get it as long as it runs smoothly and all the parts tighten up like they're supposed to. I bought and sold a very similar Steel City lathe (probably from the same Asian factory) about a year ago for $200.
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    Despite the fact it's HF...if it works well and doesn't scare you when you turn it on...grab it. Hate to see what they gave the guy who pawned it.
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    Looks like a Jet with a Grizzly paint job. If it looks in good condition and you can get it for less, worth a try.
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    At the very least you can make it a buffer system. I bet is would be fine for small things.
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