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Ricochet
April 30, 2002, 02:59 PM
I need some info on what type of lathe to purchase. What to look for? Bed length and speeds. I know I will need thread cutting capability. I have been think about Grizzy, since I can go 6 hours and get one. If used is an option where could I locate a good used one? Thanks in advance.

Celt
April 30, 2002, 05:40 PM
Bought a Grzzly once.
Waited 2 months for delivery after payment was made.
It was covered in cosmoline that took the better part of a day to remove.
After about 5 hours on it, the headstock bearing got hot and siezed.
Called Griz and they finally sent a bearing free (after 3 weeks). Called a lathe repair man to fix it. He found that they forgot to put a channel for oil to the bearing. Called Griz and they would not offer any compensation what so ever.
I will never buy one again.
I ahve a friend with one who wants to sell it "to get a real lathe" he says.

I just bought a new Wilton 14x40 and couldn't be happier with it.
It is smooth and precise.
Got it from Production tool supply.
FWIW
Celt

kurt IA.
May 1, 2002, 03:44 PM
Were to go to find a used one. Try here
http://surplusrecord.com/srg/lathesen.htm

4 Eyed Six Shooter
May 1, 2002, 05:54 PM
I have a Grizzley 12 X 36 and it works great. I know several others who have one also and have had great luck with them. Not everyone can afford an expensive lathe and for the price the Grizzley is a great deal. Mine came in less than 10 days after ordering it and as with all new equipment needed a little clean up before using. I use mine dailey in my gunsmithing shop and turn out excellant work with it. If you have the money for a more expensive lathe, go ahead and get one. But dollar for dollar you can't beat the Grizzley.
Good Shooting-John K

Ricochet
May 1, 2002, 07:03 PM
4 Eyed , what model did you get? I was in Springfield Mo. awhile back and looked them over pretty good. I know they are not the #1 but for what I want it for I think it would be fine.

Alex Johnson
May 2, 2002, 09:24 AM
I wouldn't worry too much about the import lathes, I have a friend that bought a 12x36 Emco (not Enco) toolroom lathe about 12 years ago. He paid several thousand dollars for it it's a beautiful machine, but he freely admits that he would have done fine with a Jet considering what he uses it for.

If you want to buy used check out EBAY, machine tools have never been cheaper than they are right now on the used market, you could do very well, just don't forget the shipping cost.