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Subject: Purchase of first lathe

Date: 01/18/02 at 11:19 PM
Posted by: Keith
E-mail: keith37f20@excite.com
Message Posted:

I have a small gunsmithing business and I want to buy a lathe to expand my capabilities. I am seeking suggestions for a lathe. My primary requirements are the following; 36" between centers (minimum), greater than 1" hole through the spindle, preferably single phase motor.

I am currently learning how to use a lathe but I would like to purchase one that will last me for a long time. Are the import lathes I see advertised such as Jet, Grizly, Central Machine etc.. something I should investigate. I like the bench top lathes for their compact size but I am not adverse to going to the large style lathes if I can afford it and get it into my shop without tearing out the walls.

Any advise or suggestions would be appreciated. You may e-mail me directly if you would prefer.

Thanks in advance.


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