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Feb 4th, 2010 at 8:17pm
 
I want to buy my first lathe but money is an issue. I was looking at the Shop Fox, 16x42 for $550.  Please, only people that have used the shop fox for opinions. Thanks Herb
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Reply #1 - Feb 4th, 2010 at 9:02pm
 
welcome Herb.  you came to the right spot for info. smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #2 - Feb 4th, 2010 at 9:10pm
 
Herb Hoover wrote on Feb 4th, 2010 at 8:17pm:
I want to buy my first lathe but money is an issue. I was looking at the Shop Fox, 16x42 for $550.  Please, only people that have used the shop fox for opinions. Thanks Herb


This is my first attempt. "The Last Supper" in cedar.
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Reply #3 - Feb 4th, 2010 at 9:18pm
 
Thanks for the kind welcome.
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Reply #4 - Feb 4th, 2010 at 9:31pm
 
very nice. smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #5 - Feb 4th, 2010 at 9:49pm
 
Thanks, I made those at work. Cut a cedar tree and turned them green.  Cant wait to get a lathe of my own. Help Grin
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Reply #6 - Feb 4th, 2010 at 10:26pm
 
can't help you much with the shop fox, but jet makes a great 16" lathe.

looking at the specs for the shop fox, the speed range to me is not good.  600 is a little high for the slow speed, and 2400 is too slow for the high end.  no reverse.   it does have good size and is cast iron.  just my 2˘
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Reply #7 - Feb 4th, 2010 at 11:13pm
 
Thanks david, your 2 cents is worth alot more to me. what is a good low speed RPM, and high speed RPM?
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Reply #8 - Feb 5th, 2010 at 12:11am
 
i have a jet 1014 and it goes from 500 to 3900.  wish i could get it down to around 200.  50 would be perfect for sanding and finishing.  over 2800 is used for friction polishes and finishes.  variable speed is great to have, as you can dial in the perfect speed for the conditions.
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Reply #9 - Feb 5th, 2010 at 12:52am
 
Hi Herb and welcome,

I have a shop fox, I don't turn on it anymore, I use it as a disk sander.... and turn on a jet.
I will say that the shop fox was a fair machine for the first year, not great, just fair.
I honestly bought it just to play on a bit, as I had gotten rid of my other lathes. But, then I got into turning a lot again. I am pretty sure had I used it on the odd weekend or occation it would have been fine for longer.

Totally honest opinion, if your going to turn less then a week a month it will work for you. But, you would be far better off even turning that little or if you plan on turning a bunch to go for a better quality machine. I love the jet.

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Reply #10 - Feb 5th, 2010 at 6:08am
 
Many thanks guys. Iv been using a shop smith at work and its lowest speed is 800. if the wood is not perfectly round it will throw it in the floor. Smith lacks in many ways.
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Reply #11 - Feb 5th, 2010 at 7:31am
 
Herb,
Welcome to the funny farm. smiley=beer.gif

First thing in your profile you don't say where you are (country) cause our responses will be different.

I also have a Jet mini & it's a work horse. & just got a full size one due to my experiences with WMH tool group (maker of Jet & Powermatic) they're customer service is fantastic.

I also have a non-vs like Dave but this mini by jet goes from 270-4200 RPM.  Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
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Reply #12 - Feb 5th, 2010 at 8:51am
 
Another vote for the Jet; I've used one almost every day for 10 years and it's still running strong.  The only things I've done to it is replace the power switch and the headstock bearings (with all the off-center stuff I turn that was no surprise).

I also have a ShopSmith that I use for coring bowls and turning larger items.  I've never had any pieces "thrown on the floor" by it.  Perhaps you need to make sure the arbor screw is tight to the drive shaft, and recheck it periodically when turning out of balance pieces that cause the unit to vibrate.  I also use a speed reducer on mine that takes the speed down to 100 rpm.

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Reply #13 - Feb 5th, 2010 at 11:13am
 
Hi brothers, Thanks for the input. I am from Bethlehem GA. and can use all the tips on  lathes & tools. I imagine the smith turning at 100 rpm would solve alot of problems. I have used my friends Jet, big improvment from the smith.
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Reply #14 - Feb 5th, 2010 at 3:18pm
 
Herb,
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