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Old 05-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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How about this one? I would need a new chuck, or get an adapter until then. I like how it has the variable speed dial.

Buy Rikon 16" X 42" Heavy Duty Lathe, Model 70-300 at Woodcraft.com
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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All three of the lathes you linked look to be Reeves Drive lathes (spring loaded pulleys adjust to change the speed). My first lathe was the Jet 1442 you linked with the reeves drive. Loved the lathe, but came to hate the reeves drive over time. Would never recommend a lathe with a reeves drive to anyone.

Look at the low end speed on the lathes you listed. They range from 450 - 650 rpm on the low end. They are designed for spindle turning with the ability to make bowls / larger diameter stuff from very well balanced stock. You put a large unbalanced chunk of wood on any of those, turn it on and you will not like the results. At best the lathe will buck like a bronco. Alternative outcomes get really bad really fast.

450-650 rpm is really too fast for power sanding / power finishing on larger diameter turnings. You would be a lot happier with a lathe with a low end below 100rpm.

I made a lot of really nice large bowls and hollow forms on the Jet 1442. For large pieces (you want the swing for bigger pieces right?) I think the largest piece of wood I ever put on it weighed more than 300 lbs. I almost always had to rough out the large workpieces by spinning the work by hand (with the lathe off) with my left hand while holding the roughing gouge with my right hand. Once the work was roughed out and pretty well balanced, it was no problem. But until then.....the 450 rpm minimum speed was just too fast. I found a work around, but I can't imagine too many people wanting to do it the way I did it.

On my Powermatic 3520 with 50rpm (and lots of torque) at the low end, I can rough out anything.

You can do a lot with any of the lathes you listed, but you will have to adapt to the limitations of those lathes. And there are a lot of limitations for large turnings.

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How about this one? I would need a new chuck, or get an adapter until then. I like how it has the variable speed dial.

Buy Rikon 16" X 42" Heavy Duty Lathe, Model 70-300 at Woodcraft.com
looks like a better choice than the Grizzly.
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How about this one? I would need a new chuck, or get an adapter until then. I like how it has the variable speed dial.

Buy Rikon 16" X 42" Heavy Duty Lathe, Model 70-300 at Woodcraft.com
looks like a better choice than the Grizzly.
/very likely is better than my Griz, especially considering the $1000 price diff. But is it better than this one that's $100 less? Who knows.

G0632 16" x 42" Variable Speed Wood Lathe

Call Grizz. They have a network of people willing to let you come see and play with their tools. Never hurts to see if someone close by has one of these to go take a real look.
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Speed range, high: 250-3200 RPM low: 100-1200 RPM
Even though its varible speed, it can't do low speeds like 0-50rpm? I like the price difference though, it looks about the same as the rikon.
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This is like asking what car to buy!! I moved up to a Jet 1642 1.5 2 years ago...it just plain rocks!! With the free shipping and sales Amazon has, really hard to beat. Still keep my 1014, but the thought has crossed my mind give it a good home.
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