Well, I finally have my 1st lathe up and running. It's the 12" x 36" HF
model with the cast iron bed. I had already purchased (Christmas
present) the lower end model with the square tubing base, but hadn't
opened the box yet. Last night I got a 20% off single item coupon in my
email and they had the cast iron one on sale for $200, so I got it for
$160. Seems pretty decent, but it howls a good bit at low speed (500
RPM). At higher speeds it quiets down considerably.
Since I've never had (or used) a lathe before, I have no turning tools.
Should I get some kind of set or is it better and more economical to buy
individual tools? Like a couple of bowl gouges, skew chisels, parting
tool. What's a good basic set to start out with, in what sizes?
My main purpose in getting the lathe was to turn bowls and vases, but
I'm sure I night find other projects as well.
I'm also going to the bookstore to find a good basic turning book. Any
Thanks in advance.
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