- 12 Jan 2022
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Going it alone isn't the worst thing. Like @Stigmorgan I taught myself (after a 30 min session at school to show what the different tools did). If it is difficult to get to a club in person that shouldn't prevent you from having fun and making great things.Thanks for the welcome Alex. I have sent messages since last year to people near where I live (Barnsley) but I guess they're too busy to reply. I think it would be a good idea to go and physically see someone working but I no longer drive so I probably need someone fairly local. I'll keep trying or I'll just go it alone.
There is no getting around the fact that it can be an expensive hobby, especially if you want to buy new. On top of the lathe you probably have to factor in a chuck (min £150) tools (min £140) a way of sharpening (£50 if you already have a bench grinder). A good mask is essential and then you get on to consumables like sanding or finishes. You will probably end up spending about as much on the accessories as on the lathe itself.
Record and Rutlands both seem to offer fairly similar machines at similar prices, I had a quick look at Simon Hope and they look lovely, but starting at £1000.
I don't want to be one of those people banging on about the benefits of second hand - if price isn't an issue then new will be better. Be careful about buying something limiting new and buying again in a year or two!
A 2 minute eBay search turned up this at a similar price to the Axminster one and with basic tools included and it will last a lifetime:
At the cheaper hobby end, I would expect this to go for £200 - £400 (patient searching will get you one near the lower end). Comes with chuck and some starter tools:
If you can manage without electronic speed control, there is very little that can go wrong with a lathe that cannot be fixed fairly simply and cheaply.