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Old 06-01-2012, 08:35 AM
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stevenp
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Sure those old South Bend lathes are great, but be careful shopping for one. If the rails are worn or if the bed is twisted they aren't worth a damn IMO. There are a lot of them out there with lots of wear on them. There are a lot of cream puffs too, just make sure you know what to look for or take someone with you who does.

I've been contemplating a small lathe for my basement but I have strict limitations on the size and weight of something I can put down there so I'm looking at mini lathes as well, particularly this one:

http://www.grizzly.com/products/9-x-...ch-Lathe/G4000

I'm leaning towards this model because it has a lot more mass than the 7" models. And it also has a gear box which is a big step up from a variable drive.
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