Turning Archive 2004
>My friend wants to buy a Grizzly G8691 lathe (http://www.grizzly.com/products/item.cfm?itemnumber=G8691), 40" between centers, 14" swing, 1/2hp motor, 0-3000rpm, with a base for $140 + shipping $38.
He is a wood worker. and wants to see if he would be interested in turning, and if he is, he is willing to then move on to something more substantial.
Is this a reasonable idea? Is there something better out there that is comparably priced? Or is this such a terrible lathe that there is no way that he can adequately judge if he would like to turn? He wants to do this fairly fast, as I will be visiting him in a couple of weeks, and he would like some basic lessons on it.