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I have been watching Craigslist for some time now and it seems that anything within a reasonable range of where I am is either worn out or priced too high. I did find a good deal on a Bridgeport mill and my partner and I scooped that one up but I just can't find a decent lathe. I did miss a real bargain on a 16" Logan a while back so I guess it is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

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re: New toy for mikey

Grizzly has a good name, people like there products, about 2 years ago i bought a Taiwan lathe (can't remember name) It actually is a pretty good lathe for the money, $400 has everything i want, 12x36 both English and metric threading capability 12 speed forward/revers, probably about late 50's or early 60's. I was missing one gear for metric threading, but i have found one that will work with a little modification...I couldn't afford more than that. And i heard the small mini lathe are not worth getting...
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And i heard the small mini lathe are not worth getting...


You heard right, I have a small Jet 9x20 lathe also that I traded for a couple of years ago. This thing is the one I mentioned earlier and is sold under several brand names for wildly differing prices. The Jet version goes for as much $1399 and the HF version which is a different color of the same machine goes for as little as $599 with more equipment than the Jet! This thing is sold by Enco, Jet, Cut Master, Birmingham and a bunch of other brands but none of them are worth squat and the more expensive versions are no better than the ones from HF. They are reasonably powerful enough for their size but are terribly inaccurate and just plain ill designed along with being almost comically crude in construction. The larger lathes are much better built and as long as someone does not expect the durability of a good American machine they are accurate enough and worth what they cost but just like the small machines there are many brands of the same machine for varying prices. If I don't find a good deal soon I most likely will buy that Grizzly G4016 13x40 but to anyone thinking of buying a Chinese lathe, BE CAUTIOUS! I am fully aware of what I am buying and it's limitations but to someone who may be accustomed to running a "real" machine and expecting that kind of performance they will most likely be disappointed.
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