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Old 10-02-2017, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am looking to get a new Bench top Lathe I currently have a Excelsior 5-Speed Mini Lathe this was my first Lathe and it has seen it's better days. I have looked all over and called Rockler on replacement parts all they have is belts and a bed extension. So I have looked at the Truecrafter Commander & Nova Comet does anyone have experience with these Lathes good or bad or maybe a good recommendation on a different Lathe something I can get replacement parts if needed? I will be using the Lathe for pens and small projects only variable speed preferred Thanks.
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I would suggest Jet or Rikon for a mini lathe. For a Midi lathe, again, Jet or Rikon.
As for Midi lathes, the Comet, is 3/4 HP which is good but not as good as the 1HP Jet and Rikon. The Comet is lighter weight and a good carry lathe for shows but the other choices would be better for heavier work such as bowls. For pens and small work, the Comet is fine.
Yes, Variable speed for sure.
Also, compare warranties before buying.

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Charlie thank you for your reply I will have to do some more research I also found out Rockler has a Ph. number to call now for parts.
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I have the Nova comet 'll and I am very happy. It would be very heavy to carry to a show.
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Really like my Delta 46-460. Never used a reverse direction lathe before and really like the way it speeds up sanding and finishing. Headstock and tailstock dead on right out of the box.
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I have a Rikon 70-050VS which has been replaced by an upgraded model. Rikon has a five year warranty. Check warranties before you buy. If you look real close, you will see that some lathes are the same except for the paint.
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Thank you for the replies I am researching this more before I make my purchase .
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If you want to repair your old lathe, check out Grizzly:
Shop Tools and Machinery at Grizzly.com

Grizzly and Harbor Freight sell the exact same lathe as the Excelsior - just with their own names & colors. Rockler & HF have a parts list in their manuals, but no part numbers. The Grizzly manual has an actual part number for each part and you can order individual parts from Grizzly.com on line.

The Grizzly parts list file is below. Here's a link to the full Grizzly manual. It's too big to include in the post.
http://cdn0.grizzly.com/manuals/h8259_m.pdf
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If you want to repair your old lathe, check out Grizzly:
Shop Tools and Machinery at Grizzly.com

Grizzly and Harbor Freight sell the exact same lathe as the Excelsior - just with their own names & colors. Rockler & HF have a parts list in their manuals, but no part numbers. The Grizzly manual has an actual part number for each part and you can order individual parts from Grizzly.com on line.

The Grizzly parts list file is below. Here's a link to the full Grizzly manual. It's too big to include in the post.
http://cdn0.grizzly.com/manuals/h8259_m.pdf
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Just a side note.....I checked out the Excelsior lathe at Rockler. No-where is there any mention of any kind of warranty. I even clicked on the owners manual....no warranty listed.
I do realize as Edgar stated several of these are clones and parts are available.
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