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Old 06-15-2017, 09:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I'm thinking of getting the Turncrafter Commander 10 in. Variable Speed Midi Lathe.($396.95) For the price it looks to be great value. I can pick it up and save shipping. Also PSI is close by if I need support. My mind is made up...however for that price is there another lathe I should look at. Thank, Frank

I have 3 taig based lathes one from Todd ( Mid American ) ,
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I'm thinking of getting the Turncrafter Commander 10 in. Variable Speed Midi Lathe.($396.95) For the price it looks to be great value. I can pick it up and save shipping. Also PSI is close by if I need support. My mind is made up...however for that price is there another lathe I should look at. Thank, Frank

I have 3 taig based lathes one from Todd ( Mid American ) ,
A wood lathe to make pens is a step backwards compared to your mid America lathe ...
Here's the scoop. I'm giving a lathe to relative to help him get started. Simply want to to replace it. Also I enjoy using a chisel.
I don't have the room or need as of now for another taig but would enjoy one with a router & taper bar....maybe in time I will get one. I'm not producing pens like I was at first so a good inexpensive lathe (Turncrafter) would be nice to use when I'm in the mood. It's strictly for fun...not selling pens. Currently I have more pens than brains.
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I gave my CarbTec to a relative. I did not realize how perfect the size/weight was until I looked for a replacement. The 10" Turncrafter I was considering is a monster...I saw it in pictures and thought it would be comparable to the CarbTec.
That being the case I'm looking at lathes that weigh around 75Lbs
Would like some feedback on a Nova 46300 and a Wen 3427. The Turncrafter is still a consideration.
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I've been using the 12" Turncrafter for about four years and have been very pleased with it.

As someone noted, lathes in this price range tend to originate in China and show up with a variety of paint jobs in different stores. King Canada sells a lathe that appears to be identically the same as the 12" Turncrafter, only with gray paint instead of red.
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King Canada sells a lathe that appears to be identically the same as the 12" Turncrafter, only with gray paint instead of red.
That looks 100% like a TC.
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My opinion and a buck wll get you a cheap cup of coffee. That said.

Any move up to a bigger, better lathe will improve you skills and the fun of the hobby. I learned on a Turncrafter. It works just fine and allows for little items and some of the bigger thinks then pens. ie: holiday decorations, animal calls, bowls, etc.
For $400 and with the extras, I think you can't go wrong. Getting a started kit makes sense to me as you are not having to buy a lot of extras to be turning. And if you decide to get even a bigger/better lathe in the future, it will make a great buffing station.

Good luck no matter what you decide.
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King Canada sells a lathe that appears to be identically the same as the 12" Turncrafter, only with gray paint instead of red.
That looks 100% like a TC.
Indeed it does. Even the user manual/instruction book appears identical.

Then, you watch the video, and if you look very carefully, you will see - - - a forward/reverse switch on the control panel.

Hmm - is that the next product enhancement?
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What i really want is a small powerful lathe for pens but I'll most likely get the TC 10" VS and have someone deliver and put it on my bench. I cannot lift. It is a much lathe as I need and want. I have 2 Jets(other house...2houses 2 set ups). If I can find a substantially lighter good quality lathe I buy it. I do want one with a small pencil sharpener quill handle.
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Loooking for comments on the Nova Comet ll
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I have the Comet II. I really love it. Like any lathe, I had to do a little initial dial in and cleanup. Once that was done, it has worked very reliably.

Based on my experience with Nova so far, I am about to order the Galaxi DVR 1644, at which point I will probably move the Comet to Finishing and Buffing duty - not because it isn't good enough for the turning, but because it is so good, I would hate to give it up.



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