None too shabby
Posted February 26, 2014
I picked this up on sale as an entry level lathe, mostly for turning molds for sand casting. So far I have enjoyed every moment of it. I have noticed a few things that force me to take away a star.
-The belt provided (as mentioned in other posts) is not a quality belt, I am waiting for mine to break and hopefully I will be able to get a replacement in stock before that happens.
-The manual is a joke. It was not written by a technical writer of any skill.
-The motor is mounted very close to the frame making it a small annoyance to keep it clear for ventilation purposes.
-And lastly and possibly the biggest con to this lathe, I have noticed that the tail stock will slip as pressure is applied by the center. This could probably be solved by taking a mallet to the locking lever.
Overall I have a working lathe and I am happy.
- If you purchase this lathe to get into turning or only to do small things, it should be more than adequate. However to compare this lathe to a Jet lathe is just unfair. It's like comparing a 83 honda to a 2013 Ferrari. They aren't even in the same class.
I got this lathe for Christmas in 2012
Posted January 27, 2014
I use my lathe for pens and duck calls so far. I am wanting to make bowls. I have a Mark V Shopsmith I use for drilling and jointing. I have turned a pen on it but found out I like my Excelsior lathe better. The belt change is a little bit of a hassle but it only takes a minute to change speeds. I wish I had gotten a reversible speed lathe but live and learn. For a beginner like I was it is a great lathe.
I've always felt like Rockler sold...
Posted September 14, 2013
I've always felt like Rockler sold reasonable quality goods. The Chinese made variable speed wood lathe (MC1018) was purchased as a beginner tool to learn wood turning. It was low price. Actually I meant to say the product is cheap. The instruction manual is anything but, and my 3 year old grand-daughter could do better (no specs, no info how to change belt, no info on actually operating the machine, some elementary safety suggestions - but my engineer's could improve 'substantially')! the cheap machine (quality not price) came with only one cheap drive belt - and yeap, it warped and would not stay on track after about 30 minutes of use - and so much for that week end project (I found belts on line at Rockler - why was not two belts provided?, and high quality not the rubber band item provided?)! The spindle crank slips and does not engage the turning piece very well - I find myself banging the piece to be turned into lock position with a hammer! the wood tool rest is way to short! The oblique locking mechanisms all but take a ball peen hammer to secure - not user friendly! Ok that is enough for now. Bottom line -I would no even recommend this lathe for a beginner to learn basic turning, I would not recommend this machine to any one!/p>
I bought this lathe on sale...
Posted August 28, 2013
I bought this lathe on sale and figured I would give it a try. I have now had it for a couple of months and use it daily I use it mainly to turn pens and have not had any problems for the money you can not go wrong I am very happy with it.
Love it, as a novice at...
Posted July 5, 2013
Love it, as a novice at 67 (unless you count shop class in 1960) I have turned three small bowls,and working on a vase. The only reason I gave it a 4 instead 5 stars my tool rest snapped into when a scraper jammed.called Rockler and told we will get taken care of ASAP. I do alot of business with Rockler and they take care of you. I would recommend the lathe 100%.