Looking Into Getting A Lathe....which One ?
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:52 PM
I am starting to look at lathes for my lure making and im thinking simple right now. How does a slightly used RIGID 1/2 hp 4 speed lathe sound. Or what should i start out with? Heres a link of what im considering. thanks
Posted 18 January 2012 - 07:58 AM
I dont know anything about Ridgid but I have a Rikon that I love
Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:10 AM
I have been using this one. For the money it is hard to beat.
Look at the reviews.
Very solid quite little machine.
The rigid looks like it would have some vibration. Not much steel there. I would try it first. If the price is right it and seems solid maybe ok.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:28 AM
yea I was thinking the same thing about the vibration. so do you mount that unit to a table?
Posted 18 January 2012 - 12:17 PM
I have mine setting on a small improvised table. Not bolted down or anything. Very heavy! This machine is smooth and quite. Belt driven. No vibration. I have no complaints.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 10:00 PM
ok so tall skinny and thin is not going to do the trick haha sounds like i need a heavier small metal frame belt driven lathe.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:41 AM
daaang i can buy a car with that haha a bit out of the price range. but i bet those things get the job done
Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:03 AM
Have you used a lathe before? If not I would suggest that you try to join a wood turning club or try to get with another member who lives close by who make their baits on a lathe. That Ridgid lathe would do just fine for turning baits and other small spindle work e.g pens, bottle stoppers, honey droppers etc. But it uses the less common MT1- morse taper. Also, with that Ridgid, you could thru-drill your baits on the lathe itself with out the need for a drill press. Good luck with your choice.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:17 PM
I use an old sears wood lathe that i got with the tools at an auction for $35.00 that works for lures(and canes i make)very well, the ridgid lathe will do just fine i'm sure
Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:49 PM
hmmmmm decisions decisions....all id be doing with it use lure making. All your horizontally symmetrical baits (poppers walk the dog type baits etc)...does any one live in riverside county california who can do some lathing with me ? haha
Posted 21 January 2012 - 03:27 AM
Have you given any thought as to how you're going to sharpen your turning tools?
Posted 21 January 2012 - 09:32 PM
oh....nope haha how often do they need sharpening...ill be carving balsa wood and bass wood...i think
Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:55 AM
I have both the Jet and the Harbor Freight ........... the Jet hands down if you can afford it ........... Harbor Freight if cost is a factor