Had one for a couple of years. It's lightweight, OK for turning
spindles and such, headstock bearings and shaft are too light to easily
turn any serious chunks of wood, lots of vibration - I tried numerous
times, usually with some success, occasionally with spectacular failure.
After getting a better lathe it is amazing how much easier and better my
Good to learn with, can get your money out of it if you don't like
turning or the bug bites bad and you buy a better lathe later.
As a followup, I did buy the Ridgid 12000 as an introductory lathe.
I am very pleased with it. The person who owned it before me got
it as a present and used it only three times, in part, I'm sure,
because he mounted the tailstock backwards, making any actual work
I took a lot of time to balance the legs so it sits firmly on a concrete
base. So far, it has turned a piece as large as 3 1/2" X 20"
without much vibration at all. I haven't tried anything bigger
than that yet. I'm just practicing the basic cuts right now and
learning that I really do need a bench grinder.
I love the creativity of turning wood. It's just a lot of fun. I can
imagine dropping 700 or 800 dollars on a good used Delta someday,
but for now, this lathe will do.
Try this one. I think probably 50% of the turners out there own one
of these, probably because they come with decent wheels, and about
every three months they are on sale at Woodcraft for about $80.
dropping 700 or 800 dollars on a good used >Delta someday, but for now, this
lathe will do.
A lot of folks started with that lathe and turned out some really good
work. It is the same as the old Sears monotube, a design they have
sold for probably 40+ years. It is a great machine to use to decide
just how much you actually like to turn wood. As they say, the lathe
is the cheap part.
Since you have made it over here on the newsgroup part of the
internet, try the newsgroup tha specializes in round stuff over
Lots of good webpages over there by some of the frequent contributors,
tips to get started, technique and finsihing questions/answers, etc.
And the archives are great.
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