יום שלישי, ינואר 09, 2007

My latest dillema


I might have mentioned before that I own a Jet Mini lathe, this is a sweet little lathe which is quite fine in its own way. I have also invested some money in after market accessories that are available specifically for the Jet mini. As I said it is a very good lathe, but it's a bit limited - you can guess - it is a mini lathe, and can turn only very small items.

I recently had my 30th birthday, and was asked what I would like to get, after all it is not every year that you gt to the age of 30 (Brrrr....) - I said I was considering purchasing a new lathe and would certainly appriciate donations towards that end... :-)

Anyway the money is mostly raised, and now I have to decide what to buy. You must realize that I'm not talking about anything in the range of a Oneway or Vicmarc (the $5000+ USD range), but obviously much less than that. The range of cheap chinese lathes, the sub $1000 range. In Israel you can't really get anything else for that price.

Now the dillema is as follows, buy now for the money I have. Get a not so good lathe that would probably do a decent job for what I want (bowls, platters) OR wait for an undetermined period of time and then buy a serious lathe, that would serve for a long time.

What I'm looking at currently (both are similar chinese lathes that difer in some small aspects and about $200 in price, both are under $1000) - they are the same (I think) as some Grizzly lathes on sale in the USA, the design is obviously like the JET 16" lathes, I'm sorry the info at the links is not much and also in hebrew:
Chinese 1
Chinese 2

Currently I'm out of a job, so this will have to wait in any case... What do you think? The arguments are pretty obvious... Oneway/Vicmarc/Other Brand Name are good solid lathes that I will never regret purchasing (while I just might regret purchasing the chinese ones for various reasons). On the other hand if I buy the chinese one, I will be able to turn large bowls quite soon, and still have money left to but some much needed accessories (bowl saver, chucks, etc...) , also it is not that big an investment, and I will have those accessories ready if I ever buy the Oneway (they'll fit it too).