Mon, May 29, 2006, 2:14pm (EDT+4) email@example.com doth scribble:
I want to purchase a lathe for projects here in my wood shop. the price
range is between $500 and $1000. I read on the net about the Jet lathe
but I would like to hear from some of you guys as to a good system for
my shop. I am not a beginner in wood working but never tried any lathe
work. Any suggestions?
Hell yes I've got a suggestion. Buy my HF lathe. I'll make you a
good deal, $250, and I'll toss in the stand I made, and the chisels.
Unless you're gonna do some really fancy lathe work I don't know
why most of you would put out so much money for a lathe. A first lathe
at any rate My HF lathes is very seady on the stand I made, doesn't
vibrate, aligns well, 37" between centers, etc. Not quite as purty as
the fancier lathes, but at around $127 new, it is better made, and
sturdier, then some $300+ lathes I've seen.
I got a set of el cheap HF lathes tools (ab out $10 for 6). I
figured I'd practice sharpening with those, and turning, then replace
them when they wore out. Well, I'm still using them - they're made out
of a bit softer seetl then I'd like, and the handles are not long enough
to my taste, but basically, they do the exact same things expensive
tools will do, but need sharpening oftener. But, one of these days I'll
probably get around to making my own - with handles around 18" long.
I'd say get a HF lathe, or shop the local brgain papers for a used
one. Get some decent lathe tools. Then use it and see if you actually
need/want a more expensive lathe. Your money, your choice.
Me I figured I start with what I could afford, and later move up.
It does everything I want it do do, so I doubt seriourly I'll ever
replace it. If I ever do decide to replace it one day, I figure I'll
make the next one, out of wood, or metal, will depend on my mood at the
time. It ain't rocket science.
Never confuse "Oh, I can't do this!" with "Oh, I've never done this!".