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Harvey T60-s 8 month review

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by John Hicks, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. John Hicks

    John Hicks

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    Location (City & State):
    Hoodsport, Washington
    I went ahead and ordered a T60-s about 8 months ago. It was on sale for 4,999 (since then has dropped a couple times) I got free shipping by taking to someone at the California location. It arrived well crated and with not a scratch. The lathe is very well made and I was pleasantly surprised at the fit and finish. This is the same as the Grizzly go800 with a different motor and electronics.
    The motor is very strong and I had zero trouble coring with the easy core.
    The head and tail-stock lined up perfectly. The live center was a double ball bearing heavy duty cone type.
    I did find the shoulder on the spindle is a bit short for using the set screws on my Nova Titans and Supernova2 chucks. I used a spacer to push them out onto the part of the spindle where they were supposed to line up. I have used the secondary stop/start control many times with live edge bowls with that wicked edge. It is magnetized and holds very well.
    The lathe runs super smooth with a very quiet motor.

    Problems:
    1. The banjo has a miss machined bottom that drags on one side. Rather than wait; I just sanded the high spot with some ceramic discs and it works well now.

    2.The tail-stock feed mechanism needed to be taken apart and smoothed out with some emery cloth to keep it from being sticky, took a couple hours.

    3. The index lock is not visible from the front and I have on a couple occasions started the motor with the thing locked. I was quick to shut it off; but it needs some sort of visible indication that it is locked.

    4. No videos on the lathe anywhere! A couple G0800 videos on YouTube that Don't give you much information.

    I am over all very happy with this lathe. I use the sliding head-stock quite often and the variable speed works very well, even at low speeds.

    They go on sale at even less than the 4,999 that I paid; but it is very sporadic and they don't announce it.
    The mark up on these imports must be huge to make sudden large cuts in the price?

    Anyway: if your up in the northwest part of the US and want to check one out; you'll have to come to my shop, because as far as I know, there is not another one in the western side of Washington State. Not to mention that Woodcraft,who is a distributor, does not have one in any of their stores here.
    If I had more $$$, I would have went with the Robust; but I
    am very satisfied with this lathe and have no regrets about buying one.
     
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  2. Glenn Lefley

    Glenn Lefley

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    Location (City & State):
    Invermere, British Columbia
    Boy you guys sure pay a lot for lathes in the USA. I guess we get spoiled up here in Canada with Oneway lathes.
    Glad you like it and it worked out well for you.
     
  3. odie

    odie

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    Same problem with my Woodfast lathe. What I've done is make a little "flag" on a magnet. That is attached to the control box when the spindle is locked. Using this method, I don't believe I've accidentally started the lathe while the spindle was locked in over 25 years.....:D

    -----odie-----
     
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  4. Lamar Wright

    Lamar Wright

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    Jasper, Alabama
    I had the same problem, don't know many times that I started my lathe with the spindle locked! :eek:......Now, I always put a piece of red masking tape on the lock switch when it is locked to remind me....:D
     
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  5. Dave Hulett

    Dave Hulett

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    Location (City & State):
    Hot Springs, AR
    never heard of a Harvey lathe. took a look at their website and then re-read your review. I'm not in the market but it looks like nice stuff. Good to know
     

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