number of companies still making wood lathes

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just as reality check

these off the top of my head

robust oneway laguna grizzly powermatic jet rikon harborfreight


would not suprise me that a few of the above could be consolidated
as they share part suppliers to varying degrees

would guess that grizzly powermatic hf jet and rikon share many parts
suppliers but not sure about robust oneway and laguna


what other makers did i miss

no particular order

http://www.turnrobust.com/
https://www.rikontools.com/category/lathes
http://www.grizzly.com/wood-lathes
https://lagunatools.com/classic-machinery/lathes/
https://oneway.ca/products-category/lathes
http://www.powermatic.com/us/en/c/lathes/P100/?reset=true
https://www.harborfreight.com










Re: number of companies still making wood lathes
Vicmarc in Australia is still a going concern.  Not sure if Woodfast is sti
ll a real Australian company or if it is now a Chinese company.  It might b
e part of Jet/Powermatic/Rikon/HF/Grizzly now.  Nova is also a separate lat
he company.  I think General International makes lathes.  But they may be p
art of the Jet/Power/Rikon/HF/Woodfast/Grizzly mess too.

So my contribution is:
Vicmarc
Stubby (sort of, kind of, maybe they still exist)
Woodfast (maybe)
Nova
General International (maybe)


On Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11:09:43 AM UTC-6, Electric Comet wrote:
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Re: number of companies still making wood lathes
On 2018-03-09 2:00 PM, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:
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My understanding is that General International has gone belly-up. It  
used to be the Taiwanese arm of General (a revered Canadian company). A  
mainland Chinese guy took it over and had to relinquish any deals with  
Taiwanese factories.
Graham

Re: number of companies still making wood lathes
On Fri, 9 Mar 2018 13:00:42 -0800 (PST)

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https://vicmarc.com/
https://novatoolsusa.com/Woodturning-Lathes_c2.htm
http://omegastubbylathes.com/


found rikon and woodfast mentioned as if they are the same

other poster says general is kaput










Re: number of companies still making wood lathes
On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:25:23 PM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
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I think they are the same.  Like Powermatic/Jet are the same.  Woodfast use
d to be a real made in Australia company on par with Vicmarc lathes.  Diffe
rent lathes, but they were pretty similar in being 20 or 24 swing and 36 le
ngth fixed headstock lathes.  The traditional old style lathes.  Both were  
sort of similar to Delta and Powermatic in the USA.  Old time companies tha
t started 50 to 100 years ago.  Now Woodfast is no more really.  It may sti
ll have machines with its name on it, but they are all made in China now.  
Not Australia.  And the name is owned by a Chinese company.

Re: number of companies still making wood lathes
On 2018-03-13 3:42 PM, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:
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I once found the website of that Chinese manufacturer and they showed a  
large number of different lathe models that they manufactured from big  
to benchtop, sans labels. So you could order a model and have it painted  
in your colours and it would be identical to some other importer's  
except for the colour and logos.
Among the models was one identical to the Woodfast

Re: number of companies still making wood lathes
On Friday, March 9, 2018 at 3:00:46 PM UTC-6, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:
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till a real Australian company or if it is now a Chinese company.  It might
 be part of Jet/Powermatic/Rikon/HF/Grizzly now.  Nova is also a separate l
athe company.  I think General International makes lathes.  But they may be
 part of the Jet/Power/Rikon/HF/Woodfast/Grizzly mess too.
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I do not think Woodfast is still in the lathe business.  Rikon sold the M91
0 (Rikon 70-500) but I got the last outboard turning kit they had and I do  
not think they were getting any more in.  I have a 1998 Woodfast M910.  I b
ought it about three years ago  and love it.  The only down side is that th
e ourboard turning threads are 1x8 Left hand.  Solved that by getting my lo
cal machine shop to make me an adapter for both 1x8 and 1/ 1/4x8 to handle  
the various chucks and face plates I have.

Re: number of companies still making wood lathes
On Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:02:11 -0700 (PDT)

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not sure what is manufactured down under anymore

i know automakers all pulled out of there

australia started seeing too many asians for their liking

australia seems to have a fear of mass migration and rightly so if
they want to not become a country of 500 million out of india china
indonesia etc

i think they still ship all the blue gum trees off whole hog and do not
even fetch a very good price

not sure what keeps them afloat i guess it must be their colonial status










Re: number of companies still making wood lathes
On Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:28:56 AM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
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Your response prompted me to look up Australia on Wikipedia.  25 million pe
ople.  26% immigrants/foreigners.  12th largest economy in the world.  Says
 services, tourism, education, finance are 70% of GDP.  Lots of natural res
ources.  Iron, gold, coal, wool, wheat.

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