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Looking for lathe

Discussion in 'Marketplace Archives' started by Dale Brugger, Oct 15, 2019.

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  1. Dale Brugger

    Dale Brugger

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    I've had a Jet 1236 for a number of years. Lately I've been doing larger platters and bowls and it's underpowered for my needs. I want at least a 1 HP motor and 16" swing. I'd consider a short bed lathe. I'm in southeastern Wisconsin.
     
  2. Tom Albrecht

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    Take a ride over to Barnaveld and walk into the Robust factory and meet the owner who will show you around.
     
  3. Mike Johnson

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    Dale,

    When you move up to large bowls and platters you also want good speed control, a 2HP or 3HP motor with a VFD is your best option once you make the move from a mid-size lathe. With a 3-phase motor operated by a 120V or 220V VFD you can easily replace either of those two components when they go bad or both of these components can be refurbished. Both of these components are readily available on the internet or from typical wholesale or retail outlets.
     
  4. Bill Boehme

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    If isn't within your budget you could do as Tom suggested. Tne Robust lathes are more expensive than importted lathes, but I can vouch for the excellent customer service and the seven year warranty can't be beat. The owner, Brent English, treats me like a close friend and I have heard other Robust lathe owners say the same thing. Other top quality lathes include Oneway from Canada, Vicmarc, and Stubby from Australia
     
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