jgrick

looking for lathe

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I hope this is the appropriate venue to post this. I am looking for a small lathe that I can buy cheap. I have been looking at new ones but need to find a cheap used one. I want to try my luck at turning some cranks. Us disabled old farts are always looking for a better way to pass time. LOL So if yuou know know someone who has a small lathe collecting dust let me know.

Thanks

Rick

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If you have a harbor freight tools nearby, they have some pretty good deals. They have a small one that you can turn one lure at a time which works okay. I have one and use it for turning new ideas. It is only $40 and is worth that, just for fun and a time passer. If you are willing to spend a little more, they have some larger ones for a around $150 (check their website). Also dont forget the classifieds.

-Trey

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Maybe I am missing something but I am on Harbor Freight web site and I cant find it.. 129 is the cheapest one I see. Rick

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ebay is a good place to look too. Dremel made a small lathe a while ago, and you can probably get it relatively cheap if you can find it.

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Hey Spare Tire

I called 3 Menards close to you and they all thought I was crazy! LOL... I was going to try to buy it from them and have them ship it.. I called the store in Escanaba, Marinette, Marquette.

Rick

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It was in Sheboygan Wi. I was just there Tuesday night. They had 2 lathes one large and one small. It was the small one I was talking about.

New in box with one on display as well.

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The ones I called said they did have a small one and a large one but the small one was 139.00... I will try Sheboygan tomorrow..

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Rick

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Sheboygan said they did not have one but I Found one at the Johnson Creek WI Menards. I bought it and they are shipping it to me...69 plus 20 shipping.

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Rick

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I purchased a pen lathe on ebay - it was under $100.00. I have also seen this lathe at Menard's and could be bought on order as a Jet Pen Lathe.

See here:

http://www.misgroupinc.com/index.cfm?area=shop&action=detail&iid=139217

This lathe is a minimal tool that has limited features but does lures just fine.

It is too small to bore deep holes, I use the drill press for that.

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I have a Turncrafter Pro from Penn State Industries. It cost about $160.

Great lathe and they carry parts. American made stuff.

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I just finished converting a bench top drill press into a lathe and so far it works pretty good, if I can figure out how to post pics I will later.

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Got mine at Menards...it's a Performax mini lathe, and i have turned about 18,000 blanks with it so far and it's still going strong. Nice features like all cast metal, variable speed control, etc... and about 120 bucks. I make lure blanks for people all over the world, and trust this little mighty max. Good luck!

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My local Harbor Freight Tools is having their sidewalk sale in two weeks. And I get my bonus that same weekend. Gee, what great timing.:yeah:

Gary

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Grizzley's got one for around $50; but you need a drill for the motor and mandels and clamps.

I've looked at those, but I figured that by the time I burned up a couple of drills, I'd be just well off getting a $100 mini lathe.

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