Purchasing a wood lathe can seem overwhelming because there are so many available on the market today. Here is a quick reference that you will find handy when purchasing the right wood lathe to meet your needs.
Areas for Consideration
There are several areas to consider when purchasing your wood lathe and they include:
- Brand name
Considering the above areas, use the following tips to guide you in purchasing the right wood lathe for you.
#1: Decide your level of commitment.
Basically, ask yourself if you are a hobbyist or a long-time user of wood lathes. If you are a hobbyist who will do a project here and there, you don’t want to shell out a lot of money for a wood lathe because you probably will not be using it that often.
If you are a hobbyist, there are inexpensive lathes that can mount a drill to be used for high-speed turning. This may be all that you need.
#2: Consider the manufacturer of the wood lathe.
Wood lathes that come from manufacturers in developing countries may not have the same level of quality that those coming from Europe or the United States might have. Although keep in mind that developing countries are implementing higher standards constantly.
#3: What size of wood lathe do you need?
The size of the wood lathe that you choose depends on the types of projects you will typically do. For example, if you need to make legs for a table then you would want a larger size lathe. On the other hand, if only making bowls and other small items then a mini-lathe will probably suffice.
#4: Ask the experts.
If you know someone who is quite experienced with wood lathes, don’t hesitate to ask him his opinion and even ask him to try it out.
#5: Don’t rule out buying online.
If you cannot find a wood lathe locally, there is nothing wrong with buying one online. Online sellers often have product reviews accessible right from their site and in some cases offer free shipping.
These tips will help you when you are in the market for buying a wood lathe. Don’t go into your purchase decision hastily. Get all the facts to make the right decision.