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I am looking for opinions on PSI Woodworking TCLC10VS Commander 10-Inch Variable Speed Midi Lathe. Would this be a good starter lathe.
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Al I think that would be a good starter lathe. My nephew just got this one Turncrafter Commander 12" Variable Speed Midi Lathe at Penn State Industries and loves it. I think if it were me knowing what I know now that would be the way I would go. You can turn a 11 1/2" bowl, small Hollow forms, etc. along with pens, peppermills, ornaments, etc. I think it would be a little more versitile. I bought a mini 10" and it wasn't long maybe 4 to 6 months I was wishing I would have went with the little bigger 12" one. I bought a Jet 1220 VS and then a Nova DVR XP full sized lathe. I still have both and use them both most days turning. Just some food for thought.

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Hey Al, after Christmas I have a freind who has been turning for years now and I will be working a few days in his shop to get a feel for what kind of lathe I want,cutting tools,chucks etc. if interested give me a call and maybe tag along

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Al I think that would be a good starter lathe. My nephew just got this one Turncrafter Commander 12" Variable Speed Midi Lathe at Penn State Industries and loves it. I think if it were me knowing what I know now that would be the way I would go. You can turn a 11 1/2" bowl, small Hollow forms, etc. along with pens, peppermills, ornaments, etc. I think it would be a little more versitile. I bought a mini 10" and it wasn't long maybe 4 to 6 months I was wishing I would have went with the little bigger 12" one. I bought a Jet 1220 VS and then a Nova DVR XP full sized lathe. I still have both and use them both most days turning. Just some food for thought.
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Thanks for your input.

The TLCL12 looks to be a nice machine. My problem is PSI list them as out of stock. One of the reviews said he had to wait 4 month for his deliverly. I don't have that much patience (Hoping for Christmas). I don't even know if I will like turning. I have a Franklin Foundry 12 X 37 which I have used maybe 3 times in 20 years. Each time was not a pleasant experience. I am giving it to my nephews and see if maybe they will like it. I just thought I would give turning another try and do not want to invest a lot of $$ to find out that I won't use the lathe (again).

I also have a Grizzly 7X12 metal lathe which I have turned small wood parts but I think a wood lathe would be better suited.

Thanks again for your input.
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Hello Warren

Thanks for the offer. I may be interested in tagging along.

Sent me a email or PM to let me know when you plan to go (do you have my email address?).

I also am considering joining Bayou Woodturners which has moved their meetings to Ponchatoula, LA.

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Al I don't know anything about the PSI model but take a look at this variable speed Rikon. I'm not sure how long the sale is going on for.
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I gotcha Al. My nephew waited 3 weeks for his. Another lathe that I had and was impressed with was the Rikon that Woodcraft has on sale for $229 which is $200 off. Not sure how long it is on sale but still show it on their website for that price. I loved that lathe but wanted variable speed. You would be pleased with it.

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Curious, it seems that many of the lathes are duplicates from the same factory, just different paint. Comments?

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Al I don't know anything about the PSI model but take a look at this variable speed Rikon. I'm not sure how long the sale is going on for.
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Thanks Art

Looks like a good deal except that it won't ship until after 12/28/2012.

Have you used this lathe and if so how did it perform?

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I gotcha Al. My nephew waited 3 weeks for his. Another lathe that I had and was impressed with was the Rikon that Woodcraft has on sale for $229 which is $200 off. Not sure how long it is on sale but still show it on their website for that price. I loved that lathe but wanted variable speed. You would be pleased with it.
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Would the lathe you refer to be the same one art posted the link? It seem to be variable speed. I would order that lathe if they could get it to me early January. Can you add a extension bed?

Thanks guys I appreciate the input and help.
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That is the one and yes I believe it does take the 24" extension. I would give them a call before it goes off sale and see how soon it would be delivered.

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