Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Expert Recommendations Needed

George (Oxford, NC)
>First, I have never done turning. I have a chance (if it is still available) to get a HF 34706 3/4HP 12" swing with additional scroll chuck (whatever that is and extra faceplates) for $180. I had been looking at a new Rikon mini, ½HP, 12" swing at $250. I will probably not (in the beginning) be turning massive bowls etc. Should I buy the full size lathe used or a new Rikon?

This has to go into a small area. My shop is 16 x 24 and I already have a tablesaw w/fixed outfeed table, DC, 14" BS, 6"jointer, 12½"planer, DP, router table, ½" shaper, 6x48/9" disc sanding station, 1x42/6" disc sander, full sized bench and a wall bench.

George

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