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Curt Fuller
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Sep 4th, 2005 at 8:53am
 
I'm looking seriously at this new lathe. Any opinions, advice, or warnings?

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Reply #1 - Sep 4th, 2005 at 12:56pm
 
I've seen only one Beaver lathe and I wasn't that impressed. The head stock is fixed, the motor is in the way for outboard turning, and the stand is very light-weight.

As it's been said many times/many ways, the best value for $ spent is the PM 3520a (perhaps the "b" model will be better?) even if you have to spend "X" $ getting 220VAc to the shop.

Rule #1: Never "under buy" always "over buy." Sometime in the future (1-3 yrs) you'll be happy you spent a bit more because the prices have gone up and you're a better turner turning bigger and better things.

I know the above to be fact because I "under bought."
Such is life with a "fixed" income.
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Reply #2 - Sep 5th, 2005 at 9:30am
 
Curt, Bud is right.  For just a little more money you could get a Jet 1642.  That's what I did, and I still think I may have under bought.  It's a great lathe, but still the 'poor cousin' of the PM 3520.
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Reply #3 - Sep 7th, 2005 at 5:18pm
 
As the owner of 3 Vicmarc lathes. The VL300, 175, and the VL100 I feel the brand has been comprised.  I do not use Taiwan or China made lathes under anybodies name.  If there was a need for a 12" .Vicmarc could have very well filled it from  their present line and type of machines.  My next lathe will be a Robust lathe made in America by Brent English who I know personally.  For an upper end machine consider the ones he makes. GT

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Reply #4 - Sep 7th, 2005 at 6:03pm
 
Well GT, I hope you enjoy your new lathe. It is a bit pricey, but good for our economy. I think that I would design and build my own before paying that much for a woodlathe.
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Reply #5 - Sep 7th, 2005 at 6:31pm
 
Hello George, nice to see you on the forum.  If/when  you get your Robust, be sure to share some pics with us and give us your user report.
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Reply #6 - Sep 7th, 2005 at 9:21pm
 
Welcome, George, new members are always welcome.

I agree with you, both the Vicmarc (the next best bang for your buck) and the Robust lathe are very well-made machines. If fact I've e-mailed B.E. about his machine & other things. Brent has put a lot of design time into his machine and it shows.

Read the thread here "new lathe..."

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Reply #7 - Sep 7th, 2005 at 10:07pm
 
I sort of agree, but if not for that chinese made machine I have I would never have gotten into woodturning.  It does a fine job for me.  Some people can just NOT afford that much money for living much less for a big machine that spins some wood around.
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Reply #8 - Sep 8th, 2005 at 12:05am
 
For myself, anything over $2500 is way too much for a lathe.  Just a matter of opinion.  As a very satisfied PM3520 owner, I can turn just about anything on it that could be turned on the over $3000 lathes, Yes even 40" diameter platters if I were so inclined, I would simply build a sturdy floor mounted tool rest.  Most (meaning about 80-90%) of the woodturners out there don't need and probably will never use anything the PM doesn't offer, so why spend $3000 you don't need to?

As for the beaver lathe, it looks a bit over priced for what you get out of it.  Although, I do like the 220v & VS option in that price range.  Isn't the Jet 1642 about the same price with 220v VS but with 4" additonal swing and sturdier legs?
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Reply #9 - Sep 8th, 2005 at 12:25pm
 
More lathe advise. Here is part of what I posted on Woodcentral. You almost need deep pockets for this hobby or profession> I would start  on the Nova DVR and be done with it. 16" swing, variable speed, 115 volts, 1 1/4 x 8 thread, Swivel head, can add on bed sections, fits in small space. Can set on top of bench, or make one for it. Outboard turning capacity. 5 year warranty. Spend about $2000.00 for one. Don't forget all the tools. As an occasional instructor and mentor, it's hard enough to teach someone, but when you have to fight a starter lathe, it makes the job so much tougher. Don't forget the cost of tools and supplies, etc. I know this is not what you wanted to here. Several sources for the DVR, a close one back east is Packard Woodworks. I also have a DVR in my stable. It is now 3 years old and performs well. GT
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Reply #10 - Sep 8th, 2005 at 1:36pm
 
Hey GT, doesn't the speed range on the DVR start at 450 though?
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Reply #11 - Sep 8th, 2005 at 5:45pm
 
My DVR #285. We ordered a new one for my Turner friend who has deep pockets. All sources are sold out in the USA until new week. Another point the machine has 1 3/4 hp. OK my machine goes down to 250 rpm. The new ones go down to 100 rpm or less.  GT   

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Reply #12 - Sep 8th, 2005 at 6:15pm
 
GT, I suspected that you were a rather accomplished turner; I was most correct. Your web site and your turnings are first rate. I have neither the skills nor the tools to accomplish such turnings.

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