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How We Selected the Lathee
Each lathe we tested has:
• outboard turning capability
• a metal stand
• costs between $450 - $570
turning for fifteen years now. But Steve only got bit by the "turning bug" about six months ago.
SS Steve, you assembled all these lathes. What can you tell us about the initial setup?
Lately, there's been a lot of interest around here in turning projects on a lathe. In fact, several of the guys are thinking about buying a lathe of their own.
So they've been busy doing their homework — finding out which lathes are available, checking-out the "specs" on each one, and comparing prices.
But the guys ran into the same problem that faces anyone who's considering getting a lathe. How do you know which one is best?
After all, just looking at a lathe in the tool department (or in a woodworking catalog) doesn't give you a good idea of its overall performance. Not like actually turning a bowl or table leg.
So to help make that decision easier, we decided to test four lathes, see photos below and on page 11.
team. To provide a wide range of viewpoints, we rounded up a team of three woodturners — each with a different amount of experience. Bruce is a professional woodturner, and Paul has been
Steve: Well, there really wasn't that much involved in setting up the lathes. The only one that needed a little extra work was the Bridgewood. g^ And that was just a matter of drilling holes in the ^P stand for the bolts that secure the lathe bed.
Once I slid the headstocks, tailstocks, and tool rests in place, the Delta and Bridgewood were all ready to go. But with the Jet and Grizzly, I still had to wire the motor to the on/off switch.
The hookup on the Jet was simple — like plugging in an extension cord. But with the Grizzly, I had to connect the three "leads" that run from the motor to the switch. That required a little more fussing around, but it's not really a big deal.