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Shopfox W1852 lathe

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Phil Hine, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. Phil Hine

    Phil Hine

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    I’m looking at buying a new lathe. Has anyone bought one these ShopFox lathes. I am also looking at a Laguna 18/36. The ShopFox is about the same price as the the Laguna. Any opinions would be helpful. I am mainly doing segmented cremation urns.

    Phil
     
  2. Russell Nugent

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    Shop fox looks identical to the grizzly g0766. Not sure if it's made to the same quality or not.
     
  3. Robert D Evans

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    I've had a Grizzly G0766 for a little over a year and I'm happy with it. It's a beast with a 3 hp variable speed motor.
     
  4. Dean Center

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    Shop Fox lathes are not the pinnacle of quality and support would be a big question. The Laguna might not quite be at the pinnacle, but it has had good reviews on the forum from users. There should also be a very large installed base, which is no guarantee of good support or parts availability, but if company support is poor, user support would likely fill the void and with a large number of potential customers, somebody, a third party if not Laguna, might think to stock up on likely to sell spare parts.

    One thing to consider as a way to get the most lathe for your dollars is to buy a good quality used lathe. Lathes of large, reputable manufacturers should hold up very well over a long time.
     
  5. Roger Chandler

    Roger Chandler

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    shop Fox is the retail version that can be carried by dealers of woodworking equipment from Grizzly. They are usually painted a different color than the Grizzly equivalents, but have a two year warranty versus the 1 year warranty on the Grizzly version. The W1852 is the equivalent to the G0766, which I have, and it has been reliable in service. I think the longer warranty accounts for the price difference between the two.
     
  6. Phil Hine

    Phil Hine

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    Thanks to everyone for the comments. I ordered a Jet 18/40 yesterday from Woodcraft. After looking at the G0766 I decided it was more lathe than I wanted. The fact I needed to get it into the basement played a factor also. Now waiting for the lathe to show up at my woodcraft store.

    Phil
     
  7. hockenbery

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    i have demonstrated on Jet 1840.
    Really nice lathe. You will enjoy turning on it.
     
  8. Phil Hine

    Phil Hine

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    Looking forward to turning on it. Getting it into the basement, not so much. Need to pick up some romex to run the 220 circuit for it.

    Phil
     
  9. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    If you have to use stairs. I suggest a using a hand truck with tires large enough to walk down the stairs.
    The bed is the only piece where I would recommend having a helper below to help ease the tires down each step.
    I have done it solo but leaning back on each step there is a risk that you slip and it gets away from you.
     
  10. Phil Hine

    Phil Hine

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    Planning on breaking it down to kit form and then down the stairs. I might enlist the neighbor's 22 year old to be the second set of hands. I don't have the muscle I did 30 years ago. Part of getting old that isn't so great.

    Phil
     
  11. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    I represent that remark.
    When I was a 20 something working for DoD. I worked with a couple of old guys who never passed up an opportunity to remind me that
    “Old age and treachery will over come youth and ambition every time”
     

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