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Dawid Scholtz
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Oct 15th, 2019 at 1:29pm
 
Hi Lady and Gents.
As a longtime metal turner i wish to start on wood turning.
We in South Africa do not have a wide choice ana machines are expensive.
I came upon this machine from importers:
It looks like a Grizzly machine.
Any comments please.


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Reply #1 - Oct 15th, 2019 at 1:30pm
 
Also at other dealer:
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Reply #2 - Oct 15th, 2019 at 2:04pm
 
I'm sorry that I can't help you regarding the lathe as I have no knowledge of the Grizzly or its lookalike, but welcome to the forum.    I have a daughter living in South Africa and have been there three times.    I'll be going there again in December, and again getting used to driving on the "wrong" side of the road!

BTW: I was also a metal turner and thought that there would be a smooth transition to wood turning.   Not so!   Your learning curve will almost be  starting at zero, the common factor being cautious around rapidly spinning machinery. Shocked    A big change for me was that metal is very stable, varying just by thousands of an inch depending on temperature.   Wood, however, expands, shrinks, cracks, and deforms almost by whim.   Dealing with that is almost an art by itself.

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Reply #3 - Oct 15th, 2019 at 11:54pm
 
Thanks for the reply Robert.
Safe traveling.
My son is work on a farm in ND working towards his Greencard. Opportunities for young farmers here is zero.

The Jet and Powermatic is very expensive here. And the small lathe is not what i would like to start off with. 
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Re: Grizzly lookalike lathe
Reply #4 - Oct 16th, 2019 at 6:14am
 
Dawid, in budgeting for woodturning keep in mind the cost of lathe chucks, *quality woodturning tools, a slow speed grinder, grinder jig, dust control system (there's a lot of dust with woodturning), respirator, and other odds and ends (other posters can add what I've missed).

For budgetary reasons I went with a smaller lathe (12" X 36") and am content doing smaller projects.

*Sorby, Thompson, D-Way, etc.
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Re: Grizzly lookalike lathe
Reply #5 - Oct 16th, 2019 at 8:23am
 
In years past, Grizzly (and the clones) were really not very good quality.
In the last couple of years they have gotten better, not up to the standard of the Jet and Powermatics that they are copied after but better.
For the most part, with today's machines it seems to come down to a level of refinement.
With the Grizzlies and others, the fit and finish isn't great, there can literally be rough edges. You may need to adjust a few things or at least be aware that there may be a need to upgrade a few things like the tool rest, banjo, live center, etc.

The price is the big issue, typically these Grizzlies and clones are half the price of the name brands. That price difference could pay for quite a lot of tools and accessories.

It's not an easy decision, hope this helps
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Reply #6 - Oct 16th, 2019 at 12:58pm
 
Grizzly flat stock tools are good for the price. I have several. Also a smaller Grizz lathe (Reeves drive). I am saving for a Powermatic. Although Several on here have the one shown and seem to be content with it. I'll let them chime in.

Glenn J.

Welcome aboard. The lathe is 1/2 the cost of the wood turning package.
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Re: Grizzly lookalike lathe
Reply #7 - Oct 16th, 2019 at 5:17pm
 
Welcome from Texas!
almost a dead ringer for my Laguna 18/47.
If it's anything close to what I have--go for it.
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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 #8 - Oct 17th, 2019 at 12:22am
 
Thanks for the comments guys.
The Macafrica model would roughly cost me in US $ 1400.00. The Powermatic by the way three times that price.
99% Of our tools are imported into Africa. With an exchange rate of R 15 to the US $.
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Re: Grizzly lookalike lathe
Reply #9 - Oct 28th, 2019 at 12:04pm
 
Dawid, a Powermatic lathe can run up to $8 or $9 thousand dollars here. Here is a little cheaper one from Amazon.

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Reply #10 - Oct 28th, 2019 at 11:25pm
 
Thanks Don, they do not deliver it to South Africa.
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Re: Grizzly lookalike lathe
Reply #11 - Nov 3rd, 2019 at 7:23pm
 
I have a Craftex that is an exact look alike. I had a earlier Craftex that had a DC motor that only lasted a couple of years. My understanding is that there was about 4 different companies that produced the same lathe with the DC motor. They have all switched to AC now. Just something to look out for. I have my AC for about 5 years now with no problems. Its no Powermatic or Oneway but will do everything I have tried
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