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I'm now looking at the Grizzly GO462 lathe and see that the lowest speed is listed at 600 RPMs, but a post on another thread implies that this speed is to fast for turning large diameter bowls which is one of the things that I want lathe for. My question has to do with the importance of the speed of the lathe for such bowls and what is the ideal speed for that appliation. Also, any comments on this peticular machine will be very much apprciagted. So far, I am very happy with my Grizzly jointer and band saw and would like to stay with their products.

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I assume you are asking about the G0462? The speed range is some what typical for that class of lathe. here is another example..

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...FYxDMgod-g0A6g

It's low speed is 550RPM. 550 or 600 is probably slow enough for any thing I would want to turn on that size lathe. How large of bowls are you wanting to turn, Jerry?

The G0632 will go down to 100RPM, but it is nearly 3 times the price. It should be more suitable for larger projects.

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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One turners recommendations...


The rpm will vary, but a general rule for getting a concept are these published recommendations from Dale Nish:

(Diameter, roughing rpm, finishing rpm)

5" 1200 to 1800
6" 1000 to 1500
7" 850 to 1250
8" 750 to 1125
9" 650 to 1000
10" 600 to 900
12" 500 to 720

600 RPM is not out of line for 12" bowls, Jerry. Also depends on the depth.

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One turners recommendations...


The rpm will vary, but a general rule for getting a concept are these published recommendations from Dale Nish:

(Diameter, roughing rpm, finishing rpm)

5" 1200 to 1800
6" 1000 to 1500
7" 850 to 1250
8" 750 to 1125
9" 650 to 1000
10" 600 to 900
12" 500 to 720

600 RPM is not out of line for 12" bowls, Jerry. Also depends on the depth.

Duane, thanks for your response to my inqiry. Yes, I was referring to the model that you made reference to, my error. I have never turned anything on a lathe, but did out some rings together for my brother to use to turn some bowls that are about six inches in diameter. I am thinking that would like to make salad bowls, one large one and several serving ones. I'd like for the large one to be at least 12"s and would like for it to be evern larger. I'm limited to what I can justify to spend on a lathe. I'd like to stay under a thousand dollars and there are several in that price range to choose from. Since I have two Grizzly machines now, I'd kinda like to stay with that line of machines if I can and right now the GO462 looks like a good bet. But since I'm not ready to buy right at the moment, I'm doing my research on what to buy and the help that you have provided is exactly what I had hoped that I would get, thanks again.

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