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Pat Hanford
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Nov 24th, 2015 at 3:54pm
 
Hello I am so brand new to woodturning, I haven't ever used a lathe. I am looking forward to learning from those with experience on  buying a lathe to putting out some awesome crafts. Looking forward to "meeting" you.
Pat
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Reply #1 - Nov 24th, 2015 at 4:27pm
 
Welcome, Pat.  You are between AAW chapters in Kennewick and Spokane.  For more info on them, check Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register.  Most chapters have mentor programs to help new turners.
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Reply #2 - Nov 24th, 2015 at 4:55pm
 
Thank you Jim, I have a business in Kennewick so that is Good Smiley. I have been searching the forums looking for a thread on lathes.  I haven't found one yet, but seen a lot of cool stuff. My biggest concern is buying a Lathe that won't do what I want to do in the future that I don't even know about now.
Pat
PS I sent them an email this morning Smiley
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Reply #3 - Nov 24th, 2015 at 8:44pm
 
Welcome Pat.  Make yourself at home.
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Reply #4 - Nov 24th, 2015 at 9:31pm
 
What you get for a lathe will depend on your budget, but avoid Harbor Fright and Grizzly lathes.  Jet, Nova, Powermatic, Robust  Are all good lathes.
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Reply #5 - Nov 24th, 2015 at 9:51pm
 
JimQuarles wrote on Nov 24th, 2015 at 9:31pm:
What you get for a lathe will depend on your budget, but avoid Harbor Fright and Grizzly lathes.  Jet, Nova, Powermatic, Robust  Are all good lathes.

I don't own one, but a brand to add to this list is Rikon. I've read a lot of comments from satisfied customers of this brand.
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Reply #6 - Nov 24th, 2015 at 11:10pm
 
I was looking into jet  JWL-1440VS 14" x 40" Benchtop Wood Lathe
719400. But I'm going to make some shavings before I finalize them desicion.
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Reply #7 - Nov 24th, 2015 at 11:20pm
 
Thanks Tony,
No you made my desicion that much harder lol. I'm not worried about cost as I am willing to save and wait for the machine that will give me a lifetime of enjoyment. But still don't want to be wasteful with them cash.
Pat

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Reply #8 - Nov 24th, 2015 at 11:58pm
 
If you are looking for a lifetime lathe, I would look further at the Jet 1642VS.  It is a heavier version of the 1440 and built better.
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Re: brand new
Reply #9 - Nov 25th, 2015 at 10:19pm
 
Hi Pat! Welcome from SE Texas!
(I know another Pat Hanford in the Lubbock Tx area)

Using a lathe is my stress relief.  I've had several & the guys aren't steering you wrong.  It boils down to how "big" do you want to turn.  You can do small stuff on a big lathe but not vice versa.  For the money I recommend the Nova 1624--great lathe, only down is that you change pulley position to change speed--but it takes less than a minute.
16 in is pretty big & most of my turnings are in the 11-14 or 15 inch range. That said, I also have a Laguna 1847 and a Vega 1447. ( I like to  have more than one project going sometimes)
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Everyday liberating nice things from ordinary chunks of wood---and I like gnarly wood, the outcome is nearly always better than the start.
 
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Reply #10 - Nov 25th, 2015 at 10:32pm
 
Can't go wrong with the 1642. I love mine, only thing I would do different is get the 220v 2 hp version if you plan to max out with larger bowls. Happy turning.
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Reply #11 - Nov 26th, 2015 at 12:36pm
 
Hello Pat and Welcome,

Like Steve I have had my Jet 1642EVS for a couple of years and love it. The 220v version provides plenty of power and the lathe is very stable even for large out of balance blanks. The 110v version is also a great lathe just not quite a powerful. The variable speed and reverse are almost must features for drilling, sanding and applying finishes. The sliding head stock is also a really nice feature when hollowing out bowls or hollow forms.

For the "average hobbyist" turner I think a lathe with a 16" swing is about as much as they will need even for 12" to 14" bowls. As has been said, you can turn small objects on a big lathe but not big objects on a small lathe.

Good luck with your decision, the lathe purchase is only a portion of the expense - the vortex is lurking!

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