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Woodythepecker

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I need a lathe but i cannot decide whether to buy a copy lathe or a lathe with a copy attachment?

Any comments on which one to go for and any model recommendation would be great. I would prefer 3 phase but if there is a exceptional phase 1 machine i can power this too.

Merry Christmas to you all.

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Woody
 

Woodythepecker

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Come on the turners among us i was hoping to put an order in before crimbo tommorw.

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Woody
 

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Woody,

The question is too vague.

What do you want to turn?

If you just want to turn 100's of the same spindle then I'd guess a copy lathe is probably best although I've never used one.
If you just want a copy ability for the odd four table legs then you could use a copy attachment or do them by eye with the aid of a template or measuring stick which marks all the significant transition points on the turning.

As for what lathe to buy - how much do you want to spend? The Axminster catalogue is a good place to start, as is Poolewood. Personally I like the look of the Wivamac lathes, but can't afford or justify at the moment :(.

I certainly wouldn't rush the decision, and ideally I'd try the lathe before purchase.

Not much help really, but only you know what you want to do...

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Pete
 

Woodythepecker

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Pete, thanks for your reply. Thats me all over because i know what i want so should you.

As some of you will know i run my own business and this is what i want the lathe for.

So yes a lot (but not all) of the time it will be used for turning copies of the same spindles. For instance i have just taken on a commission from a local restaurant who is doing a complete refit and they want 30 tables and 120 chairs. Too big for my 2 man (well one man and a woman) band so i had to farm the chairs out to another local company. A shame really but i just would not have been able to bring the job in on time.

My budget is around £1500 to £2,000.

As for rushing the decision and trying the lathe first, you are of course right but to tell you the truth i have already tried a number of lathes and i have 2 or 3 in a short list, but i just wanted to know what you guys recommend without letting you know what i like. This way if the same lathes are chosen i will know that i have got a good one.

Why all the mystery well i made a big mistake buying my band saw so i don't want to waste any more money.

Any advice would be great.

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Woody
 

Woodythepecker

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Does anyone know of another web site, magazine or book where i can get any information on this subject?

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Woody,

I know it's 'Murrican, which may not be ideal, but Woodweb might be worth a go perhaps? Maybe also worth an email to F&C? Have you had a search of rec.crafts.woodturning at all? Might be something on there. My best long shots; sorry I can't think of anything else.

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Woodythepecker

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Alf don't be sorry your links have led me to a mountain of information, thanks!

If i am totally honest i have only been on the web since i started using my sons laptop and so i am not to hot with those search thingy bobs like google. If i put say "router" in, you can bet that it will come up with something like the nearest kebab shop.

Oh well at least i am on the right track now. "I hope"

Cheers

Woody
 
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