Owners poll- 18" X 47" lathes

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Roger Chandler, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. David Stratton

    David Stratton

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    my G0698

    I think this is a great lathe for the money. Like Roger has pointed out there are "Nicer Lathes" out there. Our club recently purchased the Powermatic and it is a dandy. If I could have afforded one I probably would have one now.

    I considered the Nova but it too was more costly and from what I had read on several forums it also had occasional problems. I also considered the Jet. I did have trouble deciding which lathe but in the end I felt the Grizzly would be the most bang for the least cash.

    My lathe had been quite reliable. I have had it for almost a year. I did have one problem. The speed readout started being erratic. I contacted Grizzly and they sent out a new sensor assembly, complete with the readout. Replacement was fairly easy and I have not had a problem since.

    As to not having a hand wheel I do think I would like that and sometime soon I plan to build one.

    All in all I am happy with my choice and yes I can feel good about recommending it to others.
     
  2. Roger Chandler

    Roger Chandler

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    another discontiuation?

    Someone reported on the GGMG over on SMC that Grizzly had discontinued the G0698 again............I wonder if they had more demand than available units again?

    Last time it was temporary............I hope it is the same again this time. The QC manager told me last time that Grizzly would stand behind these units with parts service and support 100%.

    They may bring it back online after they get new shipments available from China. We will keep our eyes on it!
     
  3. Bart Leetch

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    I just talked to Grizzly customer service the G0698 is being replaced with model G0733 which will be in the 2012 catalog.


    According to them the new lathe is supposed to be an improved version of the G0698 & it will cost more.
     
  4. Roger Chandler

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    Looking forward to seeing the specifics on this new version........I wonder if they got a handwheel and if the basic frame, motor and other parts are identical? Maybe they will upgrade the whole lot of electrical components and add some things like a better banjo, etc.

    We can hope............if they do, I want the parts to interchange with the G0698 so we have an opportunity to upgrade!
     
  5. Bart Leetch

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    To: Bill Crofutt,
    Subject: G0698

    Hello Bill
    I see the G0698 Lathe is missing from the line up on the the web site. Bart

    Hi Bart,
    Hope all is well with you. We are out of stock on that item presently but will have more in about 2 months. As you know, the G0698 has been a good deal since introduced but most recently a good deal because we absorbed cost increases rather than pass on to our customer. We could no longer absorb the cost increases and the new price just was not the same kind of value as before.
    Bill Crofutt
    Quality Control Manager
    Grizzly Industrial, Inc.



    2nd E-mail to Bill Crofutt

    Hello Bill
    I also talked to Grizzly customer service they said the G0698 is being replaced with model G0733 which will be in the 2012 catalog. If this isn’t so you may want to make the proper information available to them.
    Bart
    I think it's just a choice of words. The G0733, while more expensive is a new model that certainly would be an option for someone who previously considered the G0698 as would the G0632, another nice lathe just a little smaller and a little less expensive. We will honor the existing orders for the G0698 at the original order price. But, when this next shipment is ready to go that will be the end of them. I am not telling you anything that I wouldn't tell anyone else so you are welcome to post as you see fit.
    Bill
     
  6. Roger Chandler

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    Coring on an 18x47 lathe

    Do any of the owners of the lineup of 18x47 lathes use a coring rig {Oneway, McNaughten, Woodcut} with your lathe?

    Do you think the lathe [2 hp rated] is sufficient for this process, and how does the lathe hold up under coring stress? I would think that if the Jet 1.5 hp unit can core, then the 2 hp model 18x47 could as well.

    Any experienced with one of the 18/47's and coring........give us a shout on your experience............thanks!
     
  7. Tom Hamilton

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    Coring on an 18x47

    Hi Roger - When I had an 18x47 I used a Woodcut for coring.

    I cored cherry, maple, oak, boxwood and walnut, up to 18".

    My 18x47 would always stall, I got through it, but stalling was to be expected.

    I would always run it on the slow belt setting to get the most power from it. And run it as fast as resonable to take advantage of the torque from the bowl mass.

    If we lived closer I'd let you use it for a bit so you could make sure it's what you want. I've since purchased the McN setup, to offer more flexability in bowl shapes and sizes.

    A note on HP. As you know I don't have my 18x47 any longer, but my new lathe is a 2hp too. I've cored even more with my new lathe, up to 23" and haven't even come close to stalling it.

    But you know about the HP rating games companies play. Then of course there's the VFD controlling the motor which also plays a large part in how your lathe handles torque loads. Too many variables to just compare HP from one lathe to another.

    Happy Turning
     
  8. Roger Chandler

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    Thanks for the info Tom...........much appreciated!
     

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