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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Steve Stansberry (206.246.9.---)
Date: March 12, 2017 09:47PM

Most definitely get the best you can afford, I got the Grizzly Hobby Lathe, unfortunately the drill they show on the box is no longer available, I stepped up to a 6amp Dewalt not bad but tried to use a variable speed hookup and the voltage was compromised also the collar on the drill needs to fit the grizzly lathe and this was fairly snug. I've managed to use this but with some degree of issues. I watched the flexcoat video and that is a workable setup but goes back to the variable speed on the drill. Being a newbie and really getting ate up with the rodbuilding craft I believe the Rikon lathe or a similar setup is in the future but yep I see where the chucks will be an ugly battle. Great website always looking to gain more knowledge and some year hope to get to and EXPO.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Pat Barnard (47.210.187.---)
Date: March 12, 2017 11:00PM

X2 on the Ricon. I finally spent the money on the Ricon as well as a set of NOVA chucks. One of the best purchases I have made in building rods. Makes turning grips a breeze. Good luck on your search.

Pat Barnard

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: roger wilson (---.hsd1.mn.comcast.net)
Date: March 13, 2017 07:59AM

A person needs to understand that going into a lathe purchase, that other items besides the basic lathe will need to be purchased or procured before all of the assets of the lathe will be well utilized.

The general rule of thumb is that the cost of the lathe will be about 1/2 the cost of the entire package, before the unit is really setup to do everything that the lathe is capable of doing.

i.e. a few different chucks for both the head stock and tail stock will be useful.

Clamps and holding fixtures will be useful.

Measuring tools and similar accessories will be useful.

Mandrels, drills, cutting tools and similar items will all be useful.

Good luck

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: John Cates (---.sub-70-195-208.myvzw.com)
Date: March 13, 2017 11:12AM

I know I am late to the conversation but here is a short video on our lathe setup. Almost a million views...

[flexcoat.com]

Flex Coat Company
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www.flexcoat.com

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Hunter Armstrong (63.88.70.---)
Date: March 13, 2017 01:59PM

Faced with a similar decision, I went with the Grizzly Hobby Lathe, also. (And, since it wouldn't work with my Dewalt cordless drill, I found a 7.5 Amp corded drill at Lowe's for under $40 that's been great.) I looked at the Harbor Freight model, but after discussing the matter with a friend that has been turning wood for decades, the Grizzly was the choice. I got my mandrels from Utmost. So far, I have no complaints, but I haven't considered turning anything other than cork and eva foam. Slainte!

Edit to add: After re-reading this thread, I thought I would add this one thought. As I am using a hand drill, the feature I have found most useful on it is the ability to lock the trigger in the "On" position. The first time I turned a handle, it was under the supervision of a friend who had made his own lathe. He used cable ties to keep his drill engaged. Being able to lock the trigger is so much simpler. At some point down the road, I may look to add a rheostat foot pedal, but, so far, I haven't encountered a situation where I felt it was necessary.

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/15/2017 05:55PM by Hunter Armstrong.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: eric zamora (---.lightspeed.frsnca.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 15, 2017 02:54PM

The Grizzly lathe and Flex-coat's option are probably the cheapest ways to go. I remember the Turncrafter and Jet, and later the Rikon (best of the options) were the talk of the town a few years ago when i too was considering turning my own fly grips. This excelsior was also a good choice, probably on par with the turncrafter. [www.rockler.com]

When I realized the lathe would be just the starting purchase, and with little to no actual shop room or storage, i decided to put off the purchase until a better time in life.

eric
fresno, ca.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: roger wilson (---.hsd1.mn.comcast.net)
Date: March 15, 2017 07:11PM

Eric,
X10 on the use of the Excelsior for use with rod building. I have had my Excelsior for about 10 years -- and I have multiple chucks and other accessories for the lathe and it has never failed me. Excellent product at a reasonable price.

[www.rodbuilding.org]

By the way, in addition to rod building, I have used the lathe a great deal for tool construction. It works very well, any time that I want to center drill holes in a solid circular shaft. It also works well when I need to turn down metal parts as well as wood parts.

I purchased the extension bed with the main lathe at the time of the initial purchase. I bolted the extension bed to the main bed when I did the initial build of the lathe and the extension has never been off of the lathe.

So many times, the work is just a bit longer than the main lathe bed, or the work piece is longer, but by sliding the tail stock down all of the way to the end of the extension, the work piece and or accessories can be installed and or moved with out taking work out of the main chuck. A big time saver to have the bed extension.

Also, by having both conventional chucks as well as jacobs chucks of various sized, really help to expedite various types of work that might be put on the lathe as I have done since owning the lathe.

Take care

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