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    NEW Lathe

    Hi fellow turners.

    I'm in the process of choosing a new lathe, I've found a Jet mini vs with extension and stand for 495 or the Grizzly G0462 for 484 delivered.
    Which one would be the better of the 2 ? Looking for help will be ordering the end of this week.


    Thanks for the help.

    PS I have to keep the cost around $500. I'm asking about the best in my pricerange.
    Last edited by Richard Leshner; 11-26-2006 at 01:58 PM.
    Richard "Butch" Leshner

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    What's your goals in turning?
    Just remember, you can turn small things on a big lathe, but you cannot turn big things on a small lathe.
    For $88 more you could get the Jet 1236, or for $99 more you could get the Delta 46-715 at Amazon.com. I'm sure shopping around may even give you better prices than that.
    Keep in mind though, the Jet mini is a proven lathe. You can't go wrong there.
    Last edited by Doug Jones; 11-26-2006 at 02:17 PM.

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    I plan on turning tool handels, segmented bowels, pens.

    Do you think the delta 46-715 is better than the grizzly?
    I've read alot of bad reviews on that one.
    the delta was my first choice till I saw the bad reviews.
    Someone on the creek said they could get 46-715r for 299.
    If I could find that deal I'd go for it.

    Thanks again for suggestions.
    Richard "Butch" Leshner

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    If the Grizzly is Variable speed,, that would be my choice.

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    It has variable speed but uses a reeves drive setup.

    Specifications and Features:

    Motor: 2 HP, 110V, single-phase
    Swing over bed: 16"
    Distance between centers: 43"
    Heavy-duty, precision ground cast iron bed and cast iron legs ensures stability and minimal vibration
    1" x 8 TPI RH headstock spindle
    Spindle tachometer with digital read out
    MT #2 spindle & tailstock tapers
    Spindle bore: 3/8"
    Outboard turning is easy with standard tool rest extension
    10 speeds: 600 - 2400 RPM
    Quick lock/release levers for tailstock and headstock
    0 deg., 60 deg., 90 deg., 120 deg., and 180 deg. headstock rotation
    Overall dimension: 76 1/2"L x 19"W x 48 3/4"H
    Approximate shipping weight: 304 lbs.
    Last edited by Richard Leshner; 11-26-2006 at 02:46 PM.
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    The only thing I don't like about the Grizz is the lowest speed seems a bit high to me, when I turn big stuff and it is out of round I like to turn a bit slower then 600 RPM. I do like the 2 HP and the 16" swing. Some don't like the reeves drive, personaly I see nothing wrong with it.
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    Richard............I have a Jet VS Mini.........lowest speed is 500 rpm IIRC. Even when turning a 9" rough blank 500 rpm is too fast for an out of balanced blank. Good luck with your decision.

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    Hi Richard!

    If you want to turn bowls, and they blank is out of round, 600 is WAY too fast IMHO, especially for a begining turner.

    Do you have a bandsaw?

    I ask becaue one thing you CAN do it to make sure that the blanks are as round as possible, and flat too, with a bandsaw you can go a long ways towards this.

    May I ask why the rush?

    You really don't want to get stuck with a lathe you don't like and only have to sell it at a loss later to get the lathe you should have bought the first time.

    Look around some more, I hear good things about the Rikon Maxi lathe.....?

    Cheers!
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    Richard, the $299 Delta is from Redmond tool (goggle it) and is a repaired unit. It and the Griz both have Reeves drives, the Jet I had (1442) used reeves and started at 425 rpm IIRC ant that was awfully fast if the blank was not well balanced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Leshner View Post

    Do you think the delta 46-715 is better than the grizzly?
    I've read alot of bad reviews on that one.
    I read the reviews also, the way I understood it was there were two versions of this lathe and the earlier one is the one with the problems.
    With that said, I still like the Grizzly of the three brands but the Jet is a good one. just looks like more bang for the buck.
    At a glance, I'd go
    1.Grizzly/ Jet
    2. Jet/ Grizzly
    3. Delta
    4. HF
    5. Jet mini/ Rikon mini.

    Again, this is only my unprofessional opinion.

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