Looking to buy a new lathe...

Fishbucket

Joe
Senior User
Contemplating a Jet 18-40 . Could I go wrong with that?
Perhaps a Baileigh ?? In that size range.
Just going to do typical turning. Nothing dedicated. From Striper plugs to table legs and bowls.
Upgrading from a Shopsmith.
Have a 2k budget.


Experts please comment.
 

AllanD

Allan
Senior User
I'm no turning expert but that looks like a pretty nice lathe. I am a fan of Robust lathes if you can find one close enough to your budget. I can only speak to their Sweet 16 but it is the highest quality machine in my shop.
 

HLW

Harold
User
Contemplating a Jet 18-40 . Could I go wrong with that?
Perhaps a Baileigh ?? In that size range.
Just going to do typical turning. Nothing dedicated. From Striper plugs to table legs and bowls.
Upgrading from a Shopsmith.
Have a 2k budget.


Experts please comment.
Due to some physical issues ( shoulder and back with months of rehab) I've listed my Nova Orion on Asheville Craigslist and listed it on this site as well.
 
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holcombej

New User
jim
Joe, I bought one of the new Powermatic PM2014 bench lathes a month ago. Got it without a stand and built a heavy table for it. Also got the extension for more swing. So far, I’ve been very pleased. Ordered it from Klingspor in Fletcher when Powermatic had the 10% off sale. Lathe and extension was around 2,100 without the stand.
 

Pop Golden

Pop
Corporate Member
I have a Nova Saturn. Love it. I just pulled up the Orion on line. It appears to be my Saturn on steroids. It looks like a fine lathe.

Pop
 

Pop Golden

Pop
Corporate Member
If you're coming from a Shopsmith, BOY! are you in for a surprise. I was exposed to Shopsmith in my 1st shop class. That was in the early 50's. They just coming away from the 10ER to the new Mark 5. I've had one since the mid 60's. I now have a 520. Good machine, but not as good as stand alone machines. My 1st question, are you using the tool rest that comes with the machine, or have you upgraded to the heavy duty system? The standard rest is a problem. I upgraded. Coming from a Shopsmith lathe to the Orion would be like trading in your VW for a Lamborghini. My Shopsmith is my drill press, and shop back up.

Pop
 

Fishbucket

Joe
Senior User
If you're coming from a Shopsmith, BOY! are you in for a surprise. I was exposed to Shopsmith in my 1st shop class. That was in the early 50's. They just coming away from the 10ER to the new Mark 5. I've had one since the mid 60's. I now have a 520. Good machine, but not as good as stand alone machines. My 1st question, are you using the tool rest that comes with the machine, or have you upgraded to the heavy duty system? The standard rest is a problem. I upgraded. Coming from a Shopsmith lathe to the Orion would be like trading in your VW for a Lamborghini. My Shopsmith is my drill press, and shop back up.

Pop
No I haven't upgraded to the HD rest. Figured I'd be moving up to the standalone.
Plus this SS was free. So, I run what I brung.
It works, but there is a lot of play to the unit and the Tubes let things chatter. I'll keep it for running dados and such and duplicating Striper plugs.
Can hardly wait for a dedicated unit.
 

Pop Golden

Pop
Corporate Member
When I first set up my shop all I had was a RAS. Then I bought a used Shopsmith 500. Repaired this unit over the years. Then I sold it and bought a TotalShop. Let me skip to the chase these machines are a piece of junk. Did a couple of repairs for others and found out the thing was made of pot metal. Things broke very easily. Then I made the mistake of working for Klingspore's store in Charlotte. When you work at a woodworking store you keep buying stuff. Bought a lot of stand alone machines. When I retired I used my bonus to buy a Shopsmith 520 with all the bells and whistles. At this time that machine is my drill press and backup if something breaks. Everything else is stand alone machines. By the way The 520 makes MHO the best woodworking drill press on earth. The table tilts forward, variable speed, plenty of power & it's also a horizontal drill press. Good luck with your new lathe.

Pop :)
 

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