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    Just another question... the 0752Z is currently out of stock. Does everyone think the Grizzly G0768Z is too small and it is more of a "toy" lathe? I realize the all the pro's probably even consider the 752 too small to be taken seriously. But in reality, I'm just looking for something to screw around with in the garage. I have nothing in mind that I want to build... rather just want to learn a new skill. I've watched a ton of youtube where guys are creating some really exceptional items even on the teeny tiny 7x14 lathes.

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    I would seriously recommend getting a little more lathe than you think you'll be able to use at this time. I have bought from grizzly and found their stuff perfectly fine to use out of the box. Some cleaning should be expected with any new machine tool.

    Everyone has their own opinions and it really depends on your shop situation, but I think a 12x36 is a good size for the home shop. It has enough rigidity to handle real cuts with accuracy, and is still mobile enough to get it into a basement (with a little effort). I'm biased because this is what I have, but I use more of its capacity than I ever thought I would.

    You can always spend money on accessories, but you can never add more iron to a machine.

    If you want a reference of the one I ended up with, here is a link (https://www.hobby-machinist.com/thre...e-heavy.68660/)

    I say again though, this is my personal opinion, get what makes sense for you.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mcardoso View Post
    I would seriously recommend getting a little more lathe than you think you'll be able to use at this time. I have bought from grizzly and found their stuff perfectly fine to use out of the box. Some cleaning should be expected with any new machine tool.

    Everyone has their own opinions and it really depends on your shop situation, but I think a 12x36 is a good size for the home shop. It has enough rigidity to handle real cuts with accuracy, and is still mobile enough to get it into a basement (with a little effort). I'm biased because this is what I have, but I use more of its capacity than I ever thought I would.

    You can always spend money on accessories, but you can never add more iron to a machine.

    If you want a reference of the one I ended up with, here is a link (https://www.hobby-machinist.com/thre...e-heavy.68660/)

    I say again though, this is my personal opinion, get what makes sense for you.
    I purchased a 7x14 LMS and it works fine but many, many times I wished that I would have got the one with the 7/8 or 1 inch bore. If its backordered... get on the List.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcardoso View Post
    I would seriously recommend getting a little more lathe than you think you'll be able to use at this time. I have bought from grizzly and found their stuff perfectly fine to use out of the box. Some cleaning should be expected with any new machine tool.

    Everyone has their own opinions and it really depends on your shop situation, but I think a 12x36 is a good size for the home shop. It has enough rigidity to handle real cuts with accuracy, and is still mobile enough to get it into a basement (with a little effort). I'm biased because this is what I have, but I use more of its capacity than I ever thought I would.

    You can always spend money on accessories, but you can never add more iron to a machine.

    If you want a reference of the one I ended up with, here is a link (https://www.hobby-machinist.com/thre...e-heavy.68660/)

    I say again though, this is my personal opinion, get what makes sense for you.
    I have the grizzly 7x12 lathe, knowing what I know now vs what I knew then, I wish I would have put the money towards something like a 10" South Bend lathe. The small lathe works ok, especially since I learned to grind my own tools, but rigidity and size of stock I can work with can be an issue.



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    Thanks again all. You have convinced me to stick with the G0752Z. I placed my order... so now I just wait until the get them in stock again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbfletcher View Post
    Thanks again all. You have convinced me to stick with the G0752Z. I placed my order... so now I just wait until the get them in stock again.

    Doug
    I have had several Grizzly machines, and never had an issue.... Harbor Freight...., Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgeorge View Post
    I have had several Grizzly machines, and never had an issue.... Harbor Freight...., Yes.
    wmgeorge: Did you completely tear down your Grizzly's when you received them.. or are a lot of the forum comments exaggeration regarding all the grit left in after the manufacturing process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbfletcher View Post
    Did you completely tear down your Grizzly's when you received them.. or are a lot of the forum comments exaggeration regarding all the grit left in after the manufacturing process?

    Doug
    I own a Grizzly mill which required a surface cleaning to remove the cosmoline packing grease, but other than that I ran it right out of the box without any issues. I don't own one of their lathes so my comment is limited to my experiences. There is some precision alignment to any machine tool which you can mess up if you start removing too much stuff without understanding what you are doing. In particular, don't take the headstock off of the bedways. You can adjust these later on to get better alignment than the factory provides, but make sure you know what you're doing first.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dbfletcher View Post
    wmgeorge: Did you completely tear down your Grizzly's when you received them.. or are a lot of the forum comments exaggeration regarding all the grit left in after the manufacturing process?

    Doug
    Never. You have to realize that some of these folks are Import haters. They would rather you purchase an old one out one (like I did) and spend hundreds of hours and dollars rebulding it like I did. Resale value on those or at least the SB Heavy 10 I did, was 25 cents on 1 dollar spent. Never again.

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    I did the goofy thing which was to rebuild an import . Well it was mostly a teardown and clean. If your hobby isn't machine rebuilding or staring at old american iron then an import will do you very well. No the quality isn't as good as American made, but... the quality on those machines wore off 50 years ago. You'll do fine with whatever you get and don't let people get under your skin about buying import if that's what you want to do.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mcardoso View Post
    I did the goofy thing which was to rebuild an import . Well it was mostly a teardown and clean. If your hobby isn't machine rebuilding or staring at old american iron then an import will do you very well. No the quality isn't as good as American made, but... the quality on those machines wore off 50 years ago. You'll do fine with whatever you get and don't let people get under your skin about buying import if that's what you want to do.
    And there are Crap Imports, you get what you pay for and there is a difference in those from China contrary to what you see posted online.

    I had a Emco (not Enco) Super 11 made in Austria and it was older but fine quality, I need need to replace a stripped out gear as it came from a school but it was top quality all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbfletcher View Post
    wmgeorge: Did you completely tear down your Grizzly's when you received them.. or are a lot of the forum comments exaggeration regarding all the grit left in after the manufacturing process?

    Doug
    A roll of shop towels, a can of WD-40, and an old tooth brush, the supplied tools, and a few hours of elbow grease were all I needed to make my Grizzly lathe usable.



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