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Hi guys I have been building things for 30 some odd years, but never worked with a lathe. This Christmas I will buy a new one and start doing some turning. I would like to keep it under $1000. Do any of you have a good suggestion as to which brand and model to get?? It mostly be used to turn bowls, not spindles.
Thanks Lee
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Lee Tollett wrote:

Hi Lee,
Mosey on over to rec.crafts.woodturning and ask the folks there. My Delta cost around $700 but you can spend $700 more on turning tools, chucks, faceplates and supplies. Easily.
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The Meca of turners http://www.woodturner.org/vbforum/forumdisplay.php?f=2 ... and some lathe suggestions http://www.grizzly.com/products/G0462 (it's not a 2HP lathe, more like 3/4) and http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber4706 and (Amazon.com product link shortened) ef=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-3688770-8197550?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid83774219&sr=8-2
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Fri, Jul 6, 2007, 6:17pm (EDT-1) snipped-for-privacy@cox.net (LeeTollett) doth claimeth: Hi guys I have been building things for 30 some odd years, but never worked with a lathe. This Christmas I will buy a new one and start doing some turning. I would like to keep it under $1000. Do any of you have a good suggestion as to which brand and model to get?? It mostly be used to turn bowls, not spindles.
That's a lot of money to spend on a tool you've never used before. If you buy one, then don't like it, can I have it?
Why not make your own? Couple of car transmissions, electrc motor, screp metal, welder, paint to make it purty, no prob. I figure bowl lathes are a lot more sinple then regular lathes.
JOAT I do things I don't know how to do, so that I might learn how to do them. - Picasso
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Nova 1624-44. Best buy out there on a very nice piece of equipment. Doesn't have the bragging bells, nor does it whistle. It's got just what lathes should have, like power, rigidity and good bearings.
http://www.teknatool.com/products/Lathes/1624/Nova%20_1624.htm
It's presently a buck under, USD.
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Crossposted to rec.crafts.woodturning

I have a Jet 12x36 ($500 on amazon). Keep an eye on the lower RPM's. I like it a lot, but I wish I could go slower than 550 RPM's for bigger bowls. But a lot of the lathes in this price range (Jet, Delta) can't go much slower. As a novice, alarge chunk of wood spinning at 500RPM is scary. Some beef up the Jet 1236 with plywood and sand to prevent vibration. The bigger Delta/Jet lathes are better at reducing vibration, but the lowest speeds are about the same. I think the $900 Jet goes to 450rpm.
The Nova 1624-44 ($1000) goes down to 218RPM, and I am envious of that low speed.
Also - expect to pay a lot for tools and sharpening equip eventually. For starters, look for a sale on the Woodcraft slow-speed 8" grinder. ($95 today, about $80 on sale) Also get the Harbor Freight HSS lathe chisels ($37 today). I don't remember if they go on sale often.
That set doesn't include a decent bowl chisel. So that might be about $50 more. The HF set will let you practice your sharpening techniques on cheap steel.
It's easy to spend as much on tools for the lathe as on the lathe itself. I think I'm around 3x-4x now.
If you are serious about bowls, the Nova would be a good choice over a Jet or Delta (says a Jet owner). However, if your total price is $1000, you won't have much for tools.
http://www.teknatool.com/products/Lathes/1624/Nova%20_1624.htm
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Lee Tollett wrote:

For bowl turning on a budget, I suggest the General Maxi-lathe VS. It has a swivel head as well as electronic speed control. Sells for around $500-$550. And you can get an extension bed if you want to do long spindles.
Don't get it confused with their other Maxi-lathe without those features.
Now spend the rest of that $1000 on tools and sharpening :-).
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Hi Lee,
Lucky you--get to drool over a new lathe!!!
One nasty secret about buying a lathe is that the lathe cost is just a starter. You really need-- a grinder (not necessarily a slow speed one), with a white, blue or pink wheel. Some chisels--some people swear by the Harbor Freight ones, I've never used them. A scroll chuck. A better live center The above will set you back around $400 to $500 if you get anything of decent quality.
One way is to buy a mini-lathe which uses the same size accessories as does a regular size. I like the JET, but there others. Then when you get more serious you can upgrade the lathe and keep using the same accessories.
I have a JET 1442 and love it dearly. It has limitations, but it has kept me amused for 2 1/2 years, and I'm still happy with it.
Enjoy!!!
Old Guy

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Lee Tollett wrote:

Thanks guys for all the info. I will post about what equipment finally hits the shop.
Lee
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