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Old 12-22-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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Who knows any about lathes like this ? Are the worth the money or just junk ?

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Old 12-22-2011, 02:22 PM   #2
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Grizzly has been around for many years and has a very good reputation. my brother has bought several things for his lathe from them and it wasn't junk, but their stuff isn't cheap either. send them an email and have them send you a catalog.
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Grizzly has been around for many years and has a very good reputation. my brother has bought several things for his lathe from them and it wasn't junk, but their stuff isn't cheap either. send them an email and have them send you a catalog.
I have a computer and I think everything in the catalog is online. I guess my question is more of, when looking at lathes the Grizzly is way cheaper than a South Bend. How much difference is there between the two? I don't want to just throw money away. The price is almost four times that of the Grizzly.


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Southbend is a name that you can't go wrong with. If you need a lathe now and can't afford a Southbend buy a Grizzly. The biggest question you need to ask yourself is will you be doing this for a hobby or as a career?

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Many of us old timers dream of a fancy new lathe like that. Overall I've heard good things about them.

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Southbend is a name that you can't go wrong with. If you need a lathe now and can't afford a Southbend buy a Grizzly. The biggest question you need to ask yourself is will you be doing this for a hobby or as a career?
Will each machine produce the same part ?
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Many of us old timers dream of a fancy new lathe like that. Overall I've heard good things about them.
So, is it that big of a dream ? It seems cheap, a few good jobs and it is paid for. Credit cards are offering 18 months 0% on first purchase. $1000 down and $200 a month. You could probably make that turning brake rotors
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They are made in China under company supervision. Quality control is the key for anyone mfg in China.

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They are made in China under company supervision. Quality control is the key for anyone mfg in China.
So-------- what does that mean? Some chinese products are good some are not. Are these machines any good ?
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Are these machines any good ?
The only way to be absolutely sure is to pay for one, have it shipped to my house & stay tuned for my exhaustive, comprehensive evaluation.
Seriously, I have no experience with Grizzly lathes, but can echo what others have said: in general, their machines are good quality. Not great, but serviceable if you don't demand top-drawer. As with most things, there are some trade-offs to buying 'bargain' brands.
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