G0698 18" X 47" Wood Lathe

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  1. john lucas

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    Roger Thanks for posting. I get a lot of questions about Grizzly lathes and it's good to hear from actual owners. It's about 200lbs lighter than the Powermatic 3520 which I'm sure accounts for a little bit of savings. Glad they are trying to improve their lathes.
     
  2. Mike Stephens

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    Thanks for the reply Roger. The indexing pin will work as a sort of spindle lock but I like to use a hand wheel to stop the lathe after I have turned the power off.

    I saw that Laguna now has a hand wheel on there lathe when originally it did not. With any luck you will be able to get the hand wheel from Laguna and just bolt it up. Please keep us informed.

    I am most likely going to take the plunge depending on how long the introductory price lasts.

    Mike
     
  3. Roger Chandler

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    handl wheel

    Hi Mike,
    you spoke of using the wheel to stop the lathe after turning it off; well, you should know that this Grizzly G0698 does not free wheel after turning down the speed dial or after hitting the stop button. It comes to a halt very quickly. I do not know if you do that as a time saver, but after seeing my machine come to a stop a number of times already, I took note of how soon it comes to a zero rpm. after turning the speed dial down, or pushing in the stop button.

    Hope this helps a little! I will also be talking to Laguna about theirs, and to see if there is a flange and spindle extender to reach out of the motor side of the headstock, and also to ask if there is different cover required than the one that came with the lathe for covering the opening where the hand wheel would be located.

    The only reason I would want a handwheel is so that I could turn the spindle by hand when using a screw chuck and mounting a blank on it.
     
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  4. Mike Stephens

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    Thanks again Roger. I did not know the lathe slowed down on its own. That sounds great.

    You have been very helpful and hate to ask but I would love to see some pics taken by a fellow wood turner. I have not seen the lathe in person, only pics of the grizz, Busy Bee, and Laguna.

    Mike
     
  5. Roger Chandler

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    pics of G0698

    Mike,
    IF I can get my son to help me to post pics online I will be glad to do so. We have a digital camera, but my computer skills are from the prehistoric period when cave men roamed the earth. . . LOL! Seriously, I will try to do that sometime over the next couple of weeks provided I can coordinate with my son's work and college class schedule.
    I'll say this, the Lathe looks pretty good sitting in my shop, if I do say so myself! [I'm not gloating, but I am truly thankful for God's blessings in my life]
     
  6. Roger Chandler

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    Thank you Vaughn, it is nice to have others rejoice with you when a blessing comes your way. Woodturners, I have found, are by and large a great bunch of folks to be associated with. I appreciate your encouragement.
     
  7. Roger Chandler

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    Hello John,

    I'm glad to try to help others know this new product. Not everyone may agree with me on my appraisals of this lathe, but after turning on several others including the 3520b, and some smaller ones, these are my true assessments. I'm certainly not a novice at woodworking, as I have over 21 years experience, but others are certainly out there with more knowledge than I have, and I do not consider myself the definitive voice in all things in woodworking.
     
  8. Roger Chandler

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    pics of G0698

    Hi all,
    It was requested that I post some pics of my Grizzly G0698 18x47 lathe. I was able to get my son to help with this, as my computer skills are lacking. Hope this helps anyone who wanted to see it in place in a small shop like mine.

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    Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions.
     
  9. Rich Aldrich

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    Roger,

    Thanks for the pictures. I was also wondering about a spindle lock and handle, so I have been following the posts.
     
  10. Vaughn

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    Well...other than being far too clean, that's a fine-looking lathe, Roger. I suspect it'll get suitably dusted up before long. ;) Based on the serial number, I wonder if yours is the ninth one off the line.
     
  11. MichaelMouse

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    What's with the wire basket under the headstock? Whatever it's designed to hold would have to be pretty big with the space between wires.

    Looks like that banjo may be to short to allow swinging the toolrest around a substantial diameter piece. Will the post go past 9" or is it like my old Delta, where you can't sneak it around for a trim-up?
     
  12. Roger Chandler

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    serial number -G0698

    Hi Vaughn,
    Regarding the serial #, I did get one of the first machines. Grizzly officially got their new catalog online on New Years Day, and that is the same day I ordered mine. The tech guys told me they got 10 units in the Muncy, Pa. warehouse, and I was one of the first 3 to order, so my machine is likely the 9th off the line for Grizzly's order.
     
  13. Roger Chandler

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    Basket G0698

    Hi Micheal,

    I think that the basket is a feature simply termed a "utility" basket. One could place sanding supplies, or lay their turning tools across the wires and have a gouge handy or whatever. One idea I had was to place a plywood bottom on it with the correct size holes to hold the different centers I have, and hold the knock-out bar, and a place to keep my chucks,face plates handy, but I am probably going to make me a new tool holder rack, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet.

    Ideas would be welcomed! There is another thought that I had, because the legs have already got holes that are tapped with threads on both ends, I thought I might rig me an accessory holder and bolt it on; something like the one you see on the Powermatic 3520b, only a little bigger.
     
  14. Roger Chandler

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    banjo length

    Hi Micheal,

    I took time to measure the full extension of the banjo and toolrest, and the full extension of the banjo is 8 1/2 inches from the center. This would do well for most turnings, but I have a bowl rest and plan on getting a couple of aftermarket rests for specialty things, so I'll be good. The rest itself is 14 inches long, and so far I have not had any problems getting in behind my work. In fact I have to watch getting into the chuck itself as the rest extends plenty far towards the headstock.

    Most of your concern I am sure is for very large turnings. I believe this is the same size rest that comes with the Jet 1642 evs, and it looks the same as those I have seen in the pictures. Both the tool rest and the banjo are beefy.
     
  15. Mike Stephens

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    Thanks very much Roger for taking the time to share.

    I do appreciate your effort and will seriously consider the Grizz.

    Mike
     
  16. earl timmons

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    blank on screw chuck without hand wheel

    Just a comment on the need for a hand wheel when mounting a blank on the screw chuck. I will have owned a Laguna 1847 for two years this Feb. I have turned 17 inch bowls to pens on it and am very happy with it. The low end speed control and torque is so good that I can easily let the lathe screw the blank on by simply holding it to the chuck. The lathe can turn at less than 10RPM. Now I would not mount a chuck or anything like that in this manner for fear of cross threading but that is hardly an issue with a screw chuck and a piece of wood,
     
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  17. Roger Chandler

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    Hand wheel

    Earl,
    I agree with you on the hand wheel. The only reason I would feel the need for one, is to use it to mount a blank on a screw chuck. I do see that it could easily be done without a hand wheel, by using the lowest r.p.m.

    I am glad also to hear of your good experience and satisfaction with your Laguna model of the 18x47 lathe. It is encouraging to hear others who have a track record with this machine speak of their satisfaction.
     
  18. Paul Singer

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    I noticed in the 2010 catalog that the G0698 was listed for $1295 as an introductory price so I got concerned that they would up the price in the near future. I am very interested in this lathe but will not be home until april to make the purchase so I called Grizzly and they told me that price would stay the same until the 2011 catalog came out. Now there is nothing case in stone about this but I thought I would pass this along to anyone that was considering this lathe in the future. I found it interesting that this lathe is priced less than the G0632 which is a smaller lathe with less features.
     
  19. Al Longo

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    went to try and look at one

    Went by the Springfield Miswsouri Store to try and see one up close, they don't have one on the floor yet and the guy said he has no idea when they will, or when they will start keeping them in stock. Too bad for me, I have money burning a hole in my pocket and want to buy lathe before the kids in college get it. Al
     
  20. Roger Chandler

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    In stock -Muncy,Pa. Warhouse

    Hello Al,
    The tech guys told me they got 10 units of the G0698 at the Muncy, Pa. Warehouse for their initial order. They might have a couple or so left if you give them a call.
     

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