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Framer

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Thinking about getting one of these machines to free up my lathe while finishing. Anybody have any experience with these or is there a better alternative. I probably will get another lathe some day but might be a while I need lots of practice with one I have
 

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Dalecamino

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I have no experience with this item. I do have a request. If you buy one, would you please post a photo
of you using this tool, and your lathe at the same time? I think your lathe will work better.
But, it's your money....not mine
 

dogcatcher

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Some scrap lumber, a hand drill and make something like this.

A simple mount for the hand drill and a short mandrel covers the sanding in the mandrel part. 3 buffing wheels mounted on individual 3/8" bolts with the head cut off cover the buffing. Less than $50 with a new drill. Get a cheap brush type drill and add dial speed control with a router controller for $30. So far up to $80 and time spent.
 

monophoto

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My first lathe was larger than this machine, and when I moved up, I sold it for $75.

So I suspect that if you tried, you could find a used mini-lathe that would do everything that this machine can do, and would cost less.
 

moke

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I was thinking of this very thing a few years ago. I started looking on Craigslist and ebay and finally found an "econo" Rikon lathe. It is less than ideal for turning, but I just wanted to put a Beall buff on it. I think woodcraft sold it for 139 as a close out. Since then, I have seen some mini lathes for 100.00 to 200.00 on facebook. You just need to make sure it is MT2, so accessories are readily available.
 

magpens

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Read the answers to questions on the PSI website. .
You will be limited to small diameter buffing wheels. .
Price seems high for what you get. .
You need to know what speed range is available. .
I agree with others' replies that a second hand lathe would be a better option. .
 

Gregf

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I picked one up during a free shipping offer.
What I wanted was a light weight portable finishing setup to have upstairs.
Set it up finish a few pens and put it away. Or set it up outside on the deck during nice weather. (If we ever get any).
I use the mandrel, not buffing wheels. The bare bones system for $119.
I do a lot of wet sanding, and this keeps the water away from my lathe.
I think it is well made for the price, and I'm perfectly happy with it.
 
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