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Mike Rocklin
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Lathe for Christmas
Nov 11th, 2017 at 9:28am
 
I'm helping my stepmother pick out a full size lathe for my dad for Christmas, but I'm worried about the height. He's 5'6" and when he uses my Galaxi it seems much too tall for him. I know you're supposed to measure from the elbow, but it's going to be a surprise so I don't want to ask.

Do y'all have any suggestions for lathes for the vertically challenged? In the under $2500 range  Wink
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Re: Lathe for Christmas
Reply #1 - Nov 11th, 2017 at 10:34am
 
While your stepmother distracts him, you stand behind him with a tape measure and get that elbow height!! Shocked

...oorrrrrrr..  just go ahead and buy the lathe and you can give him a platform as your present.

Most of us height challenged turners need a platform to get to that magic  spot for turning without numerous aches and catches.

Tho most lathe legs are adjustable, some still don't go low enough, thus the platform.

I needed a 3" platform for my Powermatic 3520b.  I also have a 28" inseam!! Grin
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Re: Lathe for Christmas
Reply #2 - Nov 11th, 2017 at 10:39am
 
Platforms solve the height problem for us vertically challenged folks.  They also create a nasty tripping problem.  I used one when I had  a Jet 1642 and never did like it.  You also have to move it to do routine cleanup of wood chips.
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Reply #3 - Nov 11th, 2017 at 12:10pm
 
Cleanup??? Shocked Shocked
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Reply #4 - Nov 11th, 2017 at 12:14pm
 
Seriously.. I just take the vacuum hose and  (edited out) it all  up around the platform. Done. Thumbs Up
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Reply #5 - Nov 11th, 2017 at 2:06pm
 
My hose would not reach that far so I had to move the platform and sweep and shovel
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Re: Lathe for Christmas
Reply #6 - Nov 12th, 2017 at 7:14am
 
Im 5'7, I bought the Laguna 18/36 220 volt. it lists at $2499 but I caught a sale and got it for $2100 Its a tad tall for me, but I bought a fatigue mat to stand on and that added enough height. The one I got added 3/4" and that was enough, plus its comfy to stand on. I had intended on buying the powermatic 3520b but it was even taller and I didnt want to make a platform since I have to move my lathe around to use it. Ive been really happy with my choice.
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Re: Lathe for Christmas
Reply #7 - Nov 12th, 2017 at 9:01am
 
What about those of us that grew a little too much?
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Reply #8 - Nov 12th, 2017 at 1:03pm
 
Second the Laguna...a great lathe and it is fairly low.
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Re: Lathe for Christmas
Reply #9 - Nov 12th, 2017 at 2:05pm
 
JMO
Do Not buy a lathe based on it's height.
Only purchase a lathe (or any other tool) based on your needs. If the lathe has the features you want, then purchase it. You will more than likely regret your purchase if you sacrifice features for something as trivial as height.
Raising the lathe for a taller person or raising the floor for a shorter person (platform) is an easy one time operation. Purchasing a tool that doesn't have a feature you want/need will last the life of that tool.
Example,
My spindle height is at approximately 48" above where I stand, which is on a anti-fatigue mat about 5/8" thick.
So I have had to raise both the floor (mat) and the lathe (my lathe is on 3" casters) so that the operating position is safe and comfortable.
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Re: Lathe for Christmas
Reply #10 - Nov 12th, 2017 at 10:12pm
 
I would buy a NOVA DVR XP.   Recently placed a 1/2" rubber mat to stand on.   I also made my stand to fit my former  JET Midi lathe.  Looks like going to have raise my lathe 1".   Buts that easier than lowering one.  If you don't build a custom stand  you will have to make a platform.  Platform would be much easier.
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