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Lathe options
Posted by: Chase Killingsworth (---.pools.cgn.spcsdns.net)
Date: March 05, 2019 11:49AM

I’m exploring options for a turning cork, EVA, and the occasional experiment with other materials. I figure I can buy a hobby lathe or an alps power wrapper.(been wanting one) I believe the hobby lathe would perform better, but the power wrapper has more uses. I’m I expecting to much from the power wrapper or will it be ok for the occasional turning project?
Thanks for any input!

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Re: Lathe options
Posted by: roger wilson (---.hsd1.mn.comcast.net)
Date: March 05, 2019 12:02PM

Do your self a huge favor and buy a wood lathe for your turning work.

In a word, a wood lathe excels at this job.

A power wrapper excels at wrapping rod.

Neither does the other job very well.

Be safe

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Re: Lathe options
Posted by: John Cates (---.sub-174-207-26.myvzw.com)
Date: March 05, 2019 02:22PM


Our Cork Lathe Setup is a great option that works with a drill that you might already have. It sets up fast and can be broken down and put away in a drawer or box. No need to dedicate precious shop space to a bulky lathe that you don't use often. Check out the video and link to our website:


Flex Coat Company
Professional Rod Building Supplies

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Re: Lathe options
Posted by: Ed Kramer (---.hsd1.pa.comcast.net)
Date: March 05, 2019 10:10PM

Keep an eye on Craig's List. I got a Jet variable speed for about half the cost of new. Agree with the lathe recommendation. You can get into turning wood, acrylic, stabilized wood, etc and the lathe has the power to do it all.

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Re: Lathe options
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 06, 2019 07:27PM

Roger is right as always x 2.

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