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Lathe suggestions? Options
Dansilvernail
Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 3:14:15 PM
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Location: West Linn, OR
I'm looking into getting one or two new lathes. Obviously, durability is first priority. Any suggestions? We are currently using some small Jet lathes but they seem pretty mickey mouse. Good for a hobbyist but don't hold up to the abuse of a school shop.

Thanks!
MrsN
Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2015 8:48:48 AM
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I don't have any suggestions, but am very interested in what you find out.
J.marquart
Posted: Friday, May 08, 2015 9:15:26 AM
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Are you looking to make pens and small lathe projects.
If so go to www.PSIschools.com and see what they have to offer.
I have three of their lathes and they work well.
Gene Luby
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:01:58 PM
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All depends on what kind of projects your students turn, we have 4 Jet midi's 1014 and a Jet 1221vs with a bed extension, the 1221vs lathe has taken all the abuse a HS student can dish out. Christmas ornaments, mallets, duck calls and small bowls,bird houses so far I like the Jet 1221vs ,would by another in the future.
Jack Grube
Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2015 6:46:10 AM
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The Rikon midi is another option. http://www.rikontools.com/productpage_lathes.html.

My suggestion would be to contact your local AAW chapter and somehow involve them. You may find there are some great used lathes through their members.
Buckiteacher
Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2015 3:10:31 PM
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I just purchased a Rikon last week from woodcraft. I have one at home also. My one suggestion if you purchase any mini lathe with an indexing headstock remove the pin and replace with a short bolt as it might save your machine. I have a mixture of jet and steel city mini's now all in various state of decay. One thing you really need to stress in your instruction is to loosen the adjustment locks before trying to tighten or loosen something. I still can not get kids to do this.
Dansilvernail
Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:46:25 PM
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Thanks for the tips!
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