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    7oaksjames
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    Im very new to the scene and was lucky to be given my little record power dml24x…but now im begining to consider another machine with more user friendly features such as variable speed and quick adjustment of the tool rest etc….aswell as the ability to turn larger peisces. I wasnt sure if I could just purchase the features from record power and essentially modifiy my lathe or should I go and search for a used machine to forfill my requirments.Also im concerned a little about noise, once ive insulated my little workshop ill probably be less paranoid but just how noisey are larger / newer machines? Maybe someone has the perfect lathe for me to continue my journey?

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    ed (the amateur) turner
    ed (the amateur) turner
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    Hi James

    Firstly I would not spend money on upgrading your DML24X, it’s a nice machine but it’s a small motor and will not cope with large turning (over 12″ say).

    Now where you go from here is really down to cash & space to get a midi lathe with the features your looking for I guess new you would be looking to spend £300 – £700.

    If you are looking for a floor standing lathe then you could be from £300 ish to £2000.

    If you let me know what sort of budget you have in mind I could give you some options.

    Some ideas:

    Ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wood-turning-lathe-/201523646485?hash=item2eebbed015:g:pN8AAOSwPc9WwOWy

    Axminster http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-hobby-series-awvsl1000-woodturning-lathe-501268

    http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-trade-series-at1416vs-woodturning-lathe-501214

    http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-trade-series-at1628vs-woodturning-lathe-502703

    I have a AT1628VS and it’s one very tasty lathe, also my son has the AWVSL1000 a bit noisy but does the job and could make a good next step.

    Ed

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    7oaksjames
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    Hi Ed, Thanks for the reply.

    As far as budget goes I was thinking between 3 and 5 hundred. Im happy to have a used lathe as long as it has more user friendly features than my current lathe. I really do fancy being able to turn a few platters and larger items (within reason), so does that mean id have to go with something floor standing? Maybe my current stand would work.

    Sorry to be so vague.

    Any advice would be great.

    J

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    ed (the amateur) turner
    ed (the amateur) turner
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    James

    If your thinking that you want to do platters then I think that you will need a floor standing type lathe but you could mount this on your own bench or whatever so long as it’s sturdy.

    I think that you would also need the head stock to turn outboard and variable speed.

    Good luck

    Ed

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