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Old 10-23-2016, 09:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I need feedback about grizzly's wood lathes, any one here own one? Looking to add a larger lathe to my shop. Any advice be appreciated.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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You should mention which lathe you're interested in. We have a couple 12 x 20 lathes that aren't sold anymore. They were midrange quality for a low price. No real complaints. Newer and bigger machines might be different.
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I had Item# G0462, in the short time (maybe two years) I had it I replaced the switch, belts, had issues with the "reeves" type drive and all the locking levers. To be honest? I couldn't wait to sell it when I got my Nova lathe, virtually gave it away and felt badly for the person who got it.
I would not purchase another Grizzly product. I know it sounds harsh, but you asked!
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I have a G0462. It's their least expensive full size lathe. I've had it for about 6 years and have not had any issues with it. It definitely has its limits due to its design but for the price I got what I paid for. If you are considering this model I can provide you with more info on it based on my experience.
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I have 2 of them. See my signature line. Both work fine for my needs.
If you are thinking of a large lathe, look elsewhere.
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The G0462 was the one I looked at. The price seems too good to be a real good lathe, will study more on it and next size lathe. Thanks for all the info. wanting a lathe that can turn 10"-12" bowls and have the hp to handle.

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The G0462 was the one I looked at. The price seems too good to be a real good lathe, will study more on it and next size lathe. Thanks for all the info. wanting a lathe that can turn 10"-12" bowls and have the hp to handle.
As I said, I have the lathe. It definitely has the power to turn that size bowl. The issues you will have is speed. The low end speed is 600 rpm which may be fast for your skill level or if you have an out of balance piece of wood. I have gotten very good at cutting logs to round on the bandsaw and learning how to mount an out of balance piece in balance.

It also does not come with leveling legs. You will want to buy some to properly level the lathe and reduce vibration.

The spindle does not extend out the back of the headstock so if you plan on using a draw bar or a vacuum system you will need to figure something out.

And finally, it is not variable speed. It has a reeves drive with multiple speed settings.

Those are the major drawbacks of this lathe from my experience. It is also why this lathe is much, much less expensive than others of this size. I only turn bowls on it as I have a Jet 1014vs for small items.
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I have quit of few of Grizzly tools.....really have any problems, and if you do, their tech. support is wonderful.........I have the lathe at question, the only thing I had to change was the switch......and that was only from use
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I would stay away from any lathe with a reeves drive. Too many parts to wear out.

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I can't speak about Grizzly's lathes, but I have one Grizzly power tool and I'll never buy another based on their attitude and lack of support. I bought a jointer a number of years ago from them. Set it up, tried it out, and it spit out wood chips just about everywhere except the chute they were supposed to come out. It was so poorly made, there was a huge gap where the chute was supposed to butt up against the frame.

Called support, was told to "just stuff some foam rubber in there."

There's so many other options out there, I just never bothered with Grizzly again.

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