Need New Lathe

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Steven Nicholson, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano Achaval

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    Stubby has the best customer service. Rod Cadeye the owner will help any Stubby owner, no matter who they bought it from. He even remembers some of the lathes from their serial number. Worldwide delivery. Best lathe in the world and I have turn in a lot of different ones...
     
  2. Lamar Wright

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    Hi Odie, I'm thinking like you, I know that buying a larger new lathe will not make me a better turner, that comes with practice and time behind the lathe. There are so many new lathes on the market now that makes it hard to decide but choices are a good thing. I have a place for a full size lathe in my shop but it will take a crane to lift the boxes that a full size lathe comes with!!! lol. My Delta midi weighs 97 lbs vs 400-600lbs for a full size lathe. Talking about a pivoting headstock, I really like that idea to give you plenty of swing capacity. That would be an important feature for me. Best thing is I'm in no rush, just thinking and planing. Thanks so much for your input Odie and Happy turning my friend.
     
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  3. hockenbery

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    Agree completely - you can do great work on a crappy lathe
    You can do crappy work on a great lathe

    Building skills through classes, practice, mentoring will make you a much better and happier turner than getting a new lathe.

    A bigger lathe is however essential for doing bigger work

    Fear not the set up!
    A big lathe is not all that hard to deal with.
    My 2436 arrived on a pallet with some assembly required.
    3 club members came over. We set up the legs. Then slid short 2x4 under the ways.
    It is a breeze for 4 to carry the bed&motor to the legs and bolt it on. Then bolt on the headstock, slide on the banjo, slide on the tailstock done.

    I set up a 2416 by myself using a hydraulic table to hold the bed in place while I bolted on the legs.
    Powermatic, Robust, Vicmar just as easy to set up. A hydraulic table or a couple of friends make it a snap.

    ONEWAY and Robust have excellent wheel sets. ONEWAY wheels go on in less than a minute and being pneumatic tires they roll over lawns and up any trailer ramp.
     
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  4. Mike Johnson

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    As the baby boomer generation retires and old age sets in you will see a plethora of lathes coming
    onto the used market going forward. Many of these machines were lightly used and will be available
    at a fraction of the cost of new. Over the years I have purchased used package deals getting the machine along with all of the accessories that go along with the deal. When you add up the cost of
    accessories for this type of equipment the accessories usually exceed the value of the machine. A quick google search on any model of machine can quickly determine fair marker value. You can also research the machines that have good track records of quality and reliability.
     
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  5. Lamar Wright

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    I agree Al. Learning bowl turning skills is much more important to me right now Happy turning.
     
  6. Lamar Wright

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    Hi Mike, I have noticed that. Nice to buy a package deal I would think? Happy turning!
     

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