FWW Review of Heavy-Duty Lathes

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Re: FWW Review of Heavy-Duty Lathes
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Why no Oneway machines?  Or Delta for that matter.

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        "Oneway wasn't represented because it doesn't make a lathe
        comparible in size and price with the others I tested. Delta
        wasn't able to provide its 46-755X lathe for testing."

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        "The latest crop of heavy-duty lathes typically comes with
        electronic speed control, a 16-in. or 20-in. swing (the
        largest bowl blank the machine can accomodate), a bed
        measuring 42 in. between centers, plus beefier spindles and
        the torque needed to turn large workpieces. Prices range from
        $1,200 to $3,200."


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They price capped off, so the Stubs, Vicmarc, Robust, etc were not  
included.

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Re: FWW Review of Heavy-Duty Lathes
yeah, but only 20 inches swing between centers - that's a midi-lathe, and  
the 42 inch length suggests they are thinking spindles - if you are making  
baluisters for a stairway, a 20 inch swing over bed is fine, but if you are  
turning bowls, or even more so, platters, it is not. - oh, and did you  
notice that the "bed" measures 42 inches - doesn't hint how long a piece of  
wood you could actually put in there - maybe the tailstock uses up 6, or 8,  
or more inches, but what do you expect from a magazine?
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Have you ever checked the between centers for the Teknatool lathes they  
did review?

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Re: FWW Review of Heavy-Duty Lathes
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 , but what do you expect from a magazine?

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To pay for all that advertising ???, and those advertisers are maaaybe
given preferential treatment, like skewing the categories maaaybe ???.

"Global warming" ??  , are they farming in GREENLAND yet, like they
did a few hundred years ago, how'd they have warmed up the Earth
without SUVs ???,
Also wonder how they cooled things OFF, hardly by jacking up the price
of fuel I would think.

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Or Woodtek


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Re: FWW Review of Heavy-Duty Lathes
real simple - the author has no idea what heavy duty means - mid sized  
lathes like the stubby are omitted, and of course none of the large lathes  
are listed - none of these lathes will turn over 36 inches inboard, so I  
wouldn't consider them more than "small" - I'd personally say that 3 to 4  
feet inboard is medium, and 4 to 8 feet inboard is large, and above that is  
huge - but then again, I don't buy this magazine so why shoudl they care  
about my opinion.

by the way, my lathe is a "mid sized" one by my reckoning - will turn aprox  
44 diameter inches between centers if I remember right.
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