On 4/12/2020 11:51 AM, amdx wrote:
> Hi all,
> I had a Harbor freight lathe that I bought used.
> While I got some utility from it, it was rusted after a hurricane
> damaged my shed roof. I sold it cheap letting someone else do the
> So, I want another lathe, I don't want anther HF unit, not even sure I
> want one of the larger Grizzly Lathes. Might be convinced though.
> I have looked at Bolton Lathes and they interest me, But I'm really
> stretching what I want to spend at $2,000 by the time I buy some
> I have looked for a used lathe, but I don't want to start with
> other people problems.
> Any suggestions what to look at?
I guess it depends on what you want to do with it. Any lathe similar to
the HF lathes is going to need work to be passable. That being said I
made parts with my little HF lathe.
Little Machines Shop has lathes from $699 to 2349. IN that small lathe
category. Chris tends to have better stuff than Harbor Freight. They
are in California so I don't know if they are shipping right now.
Grizzly also has low price smaller lathes, but they also sell bigger
heavier beasts. They even have a smaller one at 4x6 for only $427.
Their 7x14 is almost $100 more than Little machine shop, but they have
lots of options to look at.
Personally I like Precision Mathews, but my PM lathe is a 14x40 that
weighs in at 2K lbs and $5K. It came with a ton of options, better
specs, and marginally better price than a similar size Grizzly or
Bolton. Harbor Freight, and Little Machine Shop don't have anything
that size. I have heard negative reports on some of the smaller PM
machines, but Precision Mathews will stand behind what they sell and
send you anything you need to make it right if you have a problem.
I can't really recomend anybody or any machine unconditionally in the
smaller size. They all have need to be gone through to be decent. If
you know that upfront and expect it then you are fine.