I've got too many projects on the go that I really need a lathe for so I finally broke down & bought one instead :(.
They need to be diss-assembled, cleaned, oiled & properly "levelled" & adjusted before you can do any kind of worthwhile work with them. I won't go into what I went through getting the gear box de-gunked but I musta poured a good gallon's worth of solvent through it:(. My second project- Turning Thickwall tubing effortlessly & easily into Thinwall tubing- Damn, this thing is coming in handy already! The four contenders are the JML 1014i from Jet Tools, the Shop fox W1704, the Rikon 70-100 and the TCL10VS Commander from PSI. Also a good choice, this lathe from PSI has a great feature set, including a variable speed motor with a display, 24 position index head and worklight. Jet has a reputation for quality lathes and this one is no different, however you pay a price for the brand.


We’ll look at four lathes from different manufacturers and compare them in terms of size and weight, motor, features and price.
These are four of the most popular small wood lathes on the market and they’ve all got a lot going for them. However if you’re interested in pen turning or other small pieces this could be the best value for your money. I should say before we start looking at the specs that the right tool and the best tool are not necessarily the same. Swing listed here is the swing over the bed, the effective swing over the tools rest will be a bit smaller in each case. Didn’t take the number one spot based on the smaller swing and slightly lower review scores than the Rikon. The shop fox comes in at almost half the price of the other tools on this list and has a great feature set for a cheap wood lathe.


Two inches might not seem like a lot, but it will go a long way in terms of the flexibility to work on larger pieces. The cast iron construction and variable speed control really stand out and will be hard anywhere else to find at this price point. You might not be looking for a heavy tool, but it’s a good indication of quality materials and construction.
It also has a 12 positon index head and the Rikon brand name, which carries a good reputation.



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Comments

  1. ASad

    Small child in your own home down.

    30.08.2015

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    30.08.2015

  3. maria

    Sufficient structure to final for a few years (I still.

    30.08.2015

  4. IlkinGunesch

    You strategy the duty sufficient modern styling to look good in each conventional.

    30.08.2015

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