number of companies still making wood lathes

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
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Electric Comet
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)
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russellseaton1
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
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graham
On Fri, 9 Mar 2018 13:00:42 -0800 (PST)
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found rikon and woodfast mentioned as if they are the same
other poster says general is kaput
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Electric Comet
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.
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russellseaton1
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
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graham
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. > > So my contribution is: > Vicmarc > Stubby (sort of, kind of, maybe they still exist) > Woodfast (maybe) > Nova > General International (maybe) > > > > 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 > > > >
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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.
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Dr. Deb
On Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:02:11 -0700 (PDT)
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
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Electric Comet
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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