Post by dadand3boys on Feb 13, 2009 14:50:52 GMT -6
What lathe would you recommend for turning pinewood derby whe-, uh, I mean pens or something. I'm thinking about turning some pens for Christmas presents. Of course, I would never purchase a lathe just for turning wheels...
Post by Carolina Gravity Sports on Mar 3, 2010 17:46:58 GMT -6
I got a Sherline 4000 and it works perfect. I got mine off ebay for around $250. However, the prices on them have gone up over the past couple of years and they are going for around $350 to $450 used. New ones go for probably $600 to $800.
I bought the Harbor Freight Central Machinery 7X10 lathe. I think it would be better if I had the 7X12 as the 10 is a bit crowded. Also got a quick change tool post set from littlemachineshop.com- a real huge benefit as it makes tool changes and vertical tool adjustments a snap - no shimming required! I make my own wheels now except for BSA stocks.