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Hello from St Pete Florida
Jan 5th, 2010 at 7:56am
 
Hello everyone.  Thanks for the forum.  I was just turned onto woodturning over the holidays.  I visited my parents in Michigan and my father showed me how to turn pens.  I turned 3, one lacewood, one purpleheart, and one black walnut.  I believe I'm hooked so I'm here to learn.  I don't have much room in my garage and no workshop so I'm trying to find out which affordable mini-lathe is best for me.  Thanks again I look forward to learning and eventually sharing.
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Reply #1 - Jan 5th, 2010 at 8:27am
 
Welcome Jake.  You have just entered the vortex of no return.  You are going to have so much fun turning and learning.  The folks here are mostly harmless.  Ask all the questions that come to mind, search them out, and ask them.  You'll get answers, sometimes they'll be right.  But really we'll try to help anyway we can.  Welcome to WR.
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Reply #2 - Jan 5th, 2010 at 3:56pm
 
Welcome aboard Jake. A great group of people here always willing to help out. When you go for a lathe make sure not to get one of those cheapie's. You will not be satisfied. It is much less expensive to get a decent machine from the start rather than going through all the hassel of upgrading to a better machine over and over. For the mini's the jets, Rikon and the new Delta are well received machines. Also, on a side note, the lathe $$ will be the least of your turning expenses! All those slick chisels, chucks, finishing supplies ect. will keep you in the poor house. But you are gonna love it..Bill.. Grin
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Reply #3 - Jan 6th, 2010 at 9:14am
 
Thanks for the welcomes.  From what I've researched so far I think I'm going to go with the Jet mini with variable speed.  It looks like Sears carries them, and I've got a couple gift cards to get me on my way to buying it probably within the month.
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Reply #4 - Jan 7th, 2010 at 5:36pm
 
Jake,
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The jet 1014 mini will be a great lathe for starting expecially if you are turning pens.  You can also turn many other things on that lathe as well.  I have that jet as well as a big lathe and still enjoy turning on it.

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Reply #5 - Jan 8th, 2010 at 1:56pm
 
Dale Bonertz wrote on Jan 7th, 2010 at 5:36pm:
Jake,
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The jet 1014 mini will be a great lathe for starting expecially if you are turning pens.  You can also turn many other things on that lathe as well.  I have that jet as well as a big lathe and still enjoy turning on it.

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I definitely plan on turning more than pens.  There is a recycling drop off place that I go to that accepts "yard waste" that I already pick through for wood to use in my smoker...So I should have no problem getting more than enough stock to turn for all kinds of things...The more I'm researching the more I'm wondering if I should go with the Jet 1220  without variable speed instead of the 1014 with VS.   My decision would be a lot easier if someone posted a good lathe on craigslist for a steal of a price...
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Reply #6 - Jan 8th, 2010 at 6:28pm
 
Jake, I have the 1220VS and love it.  I am now officially spoiled by the VS.  I don't think I have changed belts more than 6 or 8 times in the 18 months I have had it.  I don't think I would ever buy another lathe without VS.

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Reply #7 - Jan 9th, 2010 at 4:34pm
 
another lathe to look at is the new delta 12 in or if you can waite for a sale a nova 1624 is a very good lathe
the 1624 is not vera speed it is belt change  and only takes a few seconds   but of all the lathes try and stay away from reeves drive
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Reply #8 - Jan 13th, 2010 at 1:58pm
 
ddt frederick holsclaw wrote on Jan 9th, 2010 at 4:34pm:
another lathe to look at is the new delta 12 in or if you can waite for a sale a nova 1624 is a very good lathe
the 1624 is not vera speed it is belt change  and only takes a few seconds   but of all the lathes try and stay away from reeves drive
to much main.  like a trophy wife


My father has a Delta and loves it, and a Nova would be sweet, but they are both out of my budget.  I just noticed Sears raised the price on the Jet 1014 VS to $626.77...that kills my idea of buying that lathe with gift cards...The Rikon 12x16 without VS comes in under what I was looking to spend.  I have not  read anything bad about the Rikon mini's...Should I have???
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Reply #9 - Jan 14th, 2010 at 8:06am
 
Welcome and you may want to check out Woodcraft.  They list the Jet VS1014 for $430.
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Roger_Smith wrote on Jan 14th, 2010 at 8:06am:
Welcome and you may want to check out Woodcraft.  They list the Jet VS1014 for $430.


I see that, and there is a location 15 minutes from my house...maybe I should ask for gift cards for there.  I'm wondering if having a Jet 1014 with VS is $130 more important than a Rikon1216 without VS.  Undecided
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Reply #11 - Jan 14th, 2010 at 1:43pm
 
Jake Respondek wrote on Jan 14th, 2010 at 1:08pm:
Roger_Smith wrote on Jan 14th, 2010 at 8:06am:
Welcome and you may want to check out Woodcraft.  They list the Jet VS1014 for $430.


I see that, and there is a location 15 minutes from my house...maybe I should ask for gift cards for there.  I'm wondering if having a Jet 1014 with VS is $130 more important than a Rikon1216 without VS.  Undecided


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i have the jet 1014VS and love it.  with a twist of the knob, i can change speed on the fly.  very rarely do i have to change the belt.
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Reply #12 - Jan 14th, 2010 at 6:31pm
 
Welcome,I have the Ricon and love it.Your more than welcome to come up to Tampa and give it a spin.Always like meetin other turners.
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Reply #13 - Jan 14th, 2010 at 11:39pm
 
Jake, when you go to Woodcraft ask them if they are going to swap or replace the lathes in their training room.  They did this in birmingham a couple of years ago and the old lathes sold for about $100. 

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Reply #14 - Jan 15th, 2010 at 8:08pm
 
Ken Ward wrote on Jan 14th, 2010 at 6:31pm:
Welcome,I have the Ricon and love it.Your more than welcome to come up to Tampa and give it a spin.Always like meetin other turners.


That is awesome...I've only turned 3 pens so I doubt that I would really know what feeling/liking about a lathe yet...In other words I don't have any tools, and would probably feel pretty uncomfortable using yours but maybe sometime when you plan on turning something I could come watch you and have you show me what you like about it.  I'll send you a private message with my cell phone, call anytime.  Thank you!

Roger_Smith wrote on Jan 14th, 2010 at 11:39pm:
Jake, when you go to Woodcraft ask them if they are going to swap or replace the lathes in their training room.  They did this in birmingham a couple of years ago and the old lathes sold for about $100. 

Good luck to you.


I REALLY like the sounds of that...I'll go ask this weekend!
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