New Mini Lathe

It has been a good Christmas. the candle light service at Church on
Christmas Eve was wonderful, the family was together for Christmas
dinner cooked by myself (always a pleasure), and the gifts were good.
my wife did her shopping at Canadian Tire this year. I received a 4x36"
, 8" disk sander and a mini lathe. The Mini Lathe is new to Canadian
Tire and they had it on sale at a hundred dollars. This makes lathe #4
and I think it will be a great little pen lathe and a good demonstrator.
First impressions are as follows
it went together quickly out of the box, just a couple of handles to
install.
it has a couple of good faceplates but what is an 8" x 12" lathe doing
with a 6" faceplate? the 2 1/2" one makes sense
spur and tail centers are good
the variable speed motor is a bit light for the lathe at 2.3 amp but it
runs well and quietly
The construction is rugged for the lathe size, weight 43 lbs
the tool rests need to be lowered by grinding, at least for my taste.
I turned a spindle out of very dry cherry with some beads, coves and a
captured ring or three with no trouble. A skew catches as easily on this
lathe as it does and any other.
I turned a 5" bowl out of very wet and stringy spruce to a thickness of
1/8" with no problem. The low speed of 750 rpm was more than adequate
for the out of balance piece and that on a lathe that was not fastened
to the bench top. I could stall it, but why would you want to?
All in all, I like this little lathe. It would be nice to have a lower
low speed but for most stuff I would want it, I would use a bigger
lathe. I will report back after I get some more use out of it.
Reply to
Darrell Feltmate
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Sounds like just the ticket for Reyd to start out on if he can't locate a used lathe in his price range - or if his patience runs out.
So you had to work Christmas eve, huh? ;) Merry Christmas to you, Darrell.
_____ American Association of Woodturners Cascade Woodturners Assoc., Portland, Oregon Northwest Woodturners, Tigard, Oregon _____
Reply to
Owen Lowe
lol, I won't run out of patience, more likely I'll explode waiting for the school to reopen, so I can go back to the nice big woodfast lathe, with lots of tools to play with, expanding chucks and bandsaws to cut the wood up first:P
Reply to
Reyd Dorakeen
Reyd Good luck waiting. It is never my strong suit. Also I forgot to mention an early present. One of the fellows in the church arrived home the other day to find that the town had taken down an elm in front of his house and the wood was destined for the land fill. He brought over a few pieces and told me about it. The next day the saw and I went over with the van and brought home some of it. Now I have about a cord of elm sitting in the yard with the ends sealed. Size ranges from 6" to 18" diameter. The reason for the saw? I do not like to heave any piece of elm bigger than 18" long by 18" diameter and not many of those in a row.
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Darrell Feltmate

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