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Old 02-08-2019, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi.
New in this new world.
I am now searching for one mini lathe, I don't want nothing fancy, just one small machine with good quality and nothing more, so I do not know brands or price.
Some help please.
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Old 02-08-2019, 06:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Hey Bycker

I started off with a horrible harbor freight sheet metal frame monster and had a horrible experience with it. I ended up turning it into a buffing station. I then moved onto a shop smith which I thought was amazing due to its wide range of capability. But when I started getting serious turning pens I saved up and purchased a Jet 1221VS. I have had and actively used the Jet for the last 12 years now.

I get you want to start small. I really do. Just make sure the lathe that you buy has the options you are going to need based on what you are going to turn.

Changing your gears is inevitable with the smaller lathes but with a Variable speed nob you get much more precision and it saves a ton of time.

Some other things to look for are
Rotating headstock for larger bowl turning.
Bed length for spindles and bats.
Spindle diameter TPI and taper (not all lathes come with standard sizes)
Lowest and highest RPM range. CA coating and some drilling requires slow slow slow
Replacement part availability

I am sure some of the guys here have been turning since before I was born (48) They might have a recommendation or 2. For me the Jet fit the bill. I look at the Nova's and the Lagunas and even the bigger powermatics and the like with wishful thinking. But honestly for pens medium sized bowls , pepper mill and tool handles and such. My little Jet does me just fine.

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Old 02-08-2019, 06:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Welcome. Do you have a list of available lathes in Portugal?
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Good idea, dogcatcher. Didn't get his home country.
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I buy bare lathes and fit variable speed controllers to three phase motors cheapest and best way IMHO. VL100 then VL150 Vicmarc,fantastic made in Queensland.

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Hi.
New in this new world.
I am now searching for one mini lathe, I don't want nothing fancy, just one small machine with good quality and nothing more, so I do not know brands or price.
Some help please.
Thanks friend's
Welcome Raimundo from the land of the kangaroos, I'm Portuguese born and I believe this is the first time I ever saw a Portuguese person to join to IAP so congrats.

I wouldn't have a clue where in Portugal you can buy a mini lathe but I would believe that some of the larger woodworking brands be represented over there such as Jet, Carbatec and others.

I suggest you search for woodworking companies in Portugal, there has to be someone selling this type of equipment, buying online wouldn't be viable due to the transport/freight costs of such a heavy product, nevertheless, I wish you the best of luck, IAP is the ideal place to learn the art of penturning/making, many folks here are masters of this craft so you will be in good hands.

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Old 02-09-2019, 03:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for these pictures, Peter ....... A thing of beauty is a joy forever !!!

Local tool store used to carry VicMarc and I loved to look at them. . But they don't import them anymore and I miss them ... perhaps a different tool store has them still

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Just to clarify things here. Are you looking for a metal lathe or a wood lathe?

Only asking since the question is posted in the metal lathes forum.

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Old 02-09-2019, 01:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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HI,
not easy find some products in Portugal, if I want cactus juice or similar, I don't have, need to import, if I want alumilite... the same... Must import... Is funny that idea but I believe "ROBUTACION" know about this...
Not easy, I have some lathes in Portugal usually Chinese crap... If I want something bether I need import...
I fond these one in Portugal brand new... Chinese...
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
 
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Not all Chinese stuff is crap. . I have been making pens with a Chinese metal-working lathe for over 10 years and it is ... well ... OK.

How about going to Spain to buy a lathe ? . Or is the situation the same there ?

Maybe take a cruise to the UK and bring back a lathe. . That could be impractical, I suppose.

What is your electricity supply in Portugal ...115 volt or 220 volt ?
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