Nostalgic moment- a return to where it all began

I was in Supercheap Auto yesterday, having a look around during their 20% off sale, and experienced quite a déjà vu moment. There was a lathe that looked surprisingly like mine. It may be Rockwell rather than GMC, and not the old GMC blue, but other than that it was very familiar.

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This is where the collection and workshop began….with a basic lathe. The lathe needed a workbench, which was made from sleepers scavenged from around the property, and I needed a saw to cut them down. Bought the Triton circular saw, and the rest is history.

Back to the lathe, and a set of chisels is also in Supercheap.

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At that price, they are Supercheap, and no doubt super crap, but no matter.

If you are thinking of getting into turning though, consider the Nova Comet II. May be 2-3 times the price, but you are getting 10x the lathe!

3 Responses

  1. A good lathe to start with is a carb- a- tec mini lathe has lots of features that the larger models have and for under $300 you can’t go wrong.

    • For the price, I’d go that way too. This wasn’t a “what to get” post, only a look back at the start of it all. Of course, my final comment was, and fair enough the Carbatec deserves a mention. There is also the Pop’s Shed lathe (rebranded Chinese model) with variable speed.

      Always hard – spend money on quality vs not being able to afford the quality you want.

  2. I recently bought a Delta Midi (LA200) off Craigs list with three sets of chisel for $200. Look around there are plenty of “Quality” lathes on there. I grew up with a Atlas Metal lathe in dads shop so I was very familiar with how to use it. One day I got the itch that I wanted to make Duck Calls and the rest was history.
    I agree with Stuart, spend the money on a quality lathe, you won’t be sorry.

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