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Old 12-22-2017, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Yes I know, another "which lathe to buy" post lol.

I'm narrowing my options down, and I have my eye on these 3 machines.

1. https://littlemachineshop.com/produc...ory=1271799306

2. 8" x 16" Variable-Speed Lathe with DRO | Grizzly Industrial
Manual: http://cdn0.grizzly.com/manuals/g0768z_m.pdf

3. https://www.factoryauthorizedoutlet....change-gearbox
Manual: https://www.northerntool.com/images/...als/426417.pdf

1 and 2 are very similar, Both have DRO's, #2 is a little bit bigger and has a slightly more powerful motor. and both have a 20mm bore. I really like the idea of having a DRO. However, #3 isn't a whole lot more expensive and seems to be quite the step up in size, power and bore diameter.

Usage would be general "job shop" one-off type stuff as well as pen parts, wood, metal, plastics, Prototyping and dust collection (when it;s just sitting :) ). So not sure what I my need to make from time to time, I'm thinking the #3 is a better option in that sense, but then I need to figure out how to mount DRO's later.

Little experience with little Machine shop although I have herd nothing but good things about them. Grizzly in my view is a small step up from Harbor fright, not always the best tool but gets the job done and from what I have read, I could probably get parts from LMS. My wood lathe is a shop fox and I have no issues with it, but I haven't really found places to get parts if I need them, but it all seems fairly standard stuff and could probably get replacements from other places.

So, Which machine would you buy?
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If budget was no object, I would get the Shop Fox due the the increased capacity and ease of setting up threading. If it was between the Grizzly and the LMS I'de get the LMS primarily because they have upgraded the Sieg lathe. More money = more capacity.
Good luck, I think with any you will make great things.
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Number 3 ix just a Grizzly 10x22 that has a different name and longer bed. I have the 10x22 with VS and DRO....I am so new I don't feel I'm qualified to comment on the other two, but the Shop Fox line is totally Grizzly with a little extra twist here or there.

I was not originally a Grizzly fan, I am still not a fan of their delivery, but the machine seems nice. I think I would do it again, and I would go for that size. I would definitely go for VS...and I don't think I would do the DRO again.
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Number 3 ix just a Grizzly 10x22 that has a different name and longer bed. I have the 10x22 with VS and DRO....I am so new I don't feel I'm qualified to comment on the other two, but the Shop Fox line is totally Grizzly with a little extra twist here or there.

I was not originally a Grizzly fan, I am still not a fan of their delivery, but the machine seems nice. I think I would do it again, and I would go for that size. I would definitely go for VS...and I don't think I would do the DRO again.
Well shiver me timbers, your may be right!

Now this one is on the table, Ill have to look into it a bit further but seems like the best of both #2 and #3, and cheaper than #3!

10" x 22" Benchtop Metal Lathe with DRO | Grizzly Industrial

I think all these small lathes all come from the same factory in China!
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Number 2.
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What is the DRO on the Grizzly actually showing? It says DRO in the title but neither shows the scales mounted or even mentions them in the spec...???
I think you should look for VS even if it's only so you can slow it right down when doing threads.
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What is the DRO on the Grizzly actually showing? It says DRO in the title but neither shows the scales mounted or even mentions them in the spec...???
I think you should look for VS even if it's only so you can slow it right down when doing threads.
You can see how it is mounted on page 2 of the manual,
http://cdn0.grizzly.com/manuals/g0602z_m.pdf

There is another just like this one with the VS, but $500 more, the VS version without the DRO is $1,795.00
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The VS one without DRO is virtually identical to mine. That's the one I'd get.
If I had to do it again, I'd get a longer bed and bigger swing. Even with making just pens, I often run out of space. Mine is 10 x 22.
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If you are considering upping the size to 10x22 then I would suggest you at least have a look at

www.PrecisionMatthews.com
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If you are considering upping the size to 10x22 then I would suggest you at least have a look at

www.PrecisionMatthews.com
AARRRRG! just when I think I have it narrowed down.....



Actually, it looks just like the grizzly 10x22
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