With perfect timing, just weeks before the tariffs came along I bought a new Grizzly lathe. I had no idea that the price would jump another $269 the next month, but having owned and operated the machine for a couple of months I have to say I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to pay the extra fee. As somebody who makes part of his living on a lathe, this machine has performed beyond my expectations. Delivered to your door, it currently runs $2,233.25 including freight and tariff fees.
Here's what I like...
|There are two speed ranges - 100 RPM to 1200, and 100 to 3200. The low range has more torque. The direction is reversible, which makes sanding a lot easier. The spindle is 1-1/4 x 8, the tapers are all #2 Morse and the tool rest is 14" wide. Overall it's 81" long.|
Here's what I didn't like...
I also discovered that adapters for using 1" chucks on this 1-1/4" spindle are not satisfactory, in my opinion. There's a little wobble. I turn long, thin Blackwood finials for vessels, and the adapters didn't hold up. So I got a new Vicmarc chuck and all is well.
|Here's what I added...
The Vicmarc chuck (at left, below) is a real improvement to the shop. We have five other chucks for our 1" x 8 tpi thread JET machine, but this is bigger, easier to use and beautifully engineered. (That's a piece of blackwood in the jaws.) Going left to right through the photos below, for the feet I drilled some holes in plywood squares that are about the size of the lathe's adjustable feet, and then I screwed those to the floor to stop the machine wandering. I made a steady rest for long spindles using a couple of inline skate wheels, and then added a shelf to hold all the bits and bobs.
And here's the first job off the new lathe.
It was seven turned pieces for a client's renovation of a walnut Gilbert #8 hanging regulator clock.
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