Grizzly G0766 - 22" x 42" Variable-Speed Wood Lathe
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- Low speed range of 100–1200 RPM and high speed range of 100–3200 RPM
- Electronic variable-speed control with digital readout for spindle RPM
- Headstock positions anywhere along the bed
- Single-phase frequency drive provides 3-phase variable-speed control and additional torque without requiring a 3-phase power supply
- 10º spindle indexing
- Tailstock, headstock, and tool rest support have lever-action cam locks for quick positioning
- Forward/reverse spindle control
- 4-1/4" tailstock barrel travel
- Includes spur center, cupped live center, knock-out tool, tool rest, 6" faceplate, and indexing pin
- Motor: 3 HP, 220V, 3-phase
- Required power supply: 220V, single-phase, 15A
- Swing over bed: 22"
- Swing over tool rest base (banjo): 18"
- Swing over tool rest: 16"
- Distance between centers: 42"
- 1-1/4" x 8 TPI RH headstock spindle
- MT#2 headstock and tailstock tapers
- Variable speed: 100–3200 RPM
- Tool rest width: 14"
- Overall dimensions: 81" long x 49-1/2" high x 23" deep
- Approximate shipping weight: 584 lbs.
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20 Customer Reviews (4.8 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
I purchased this lathe just after it first came out. Yes, there were some naysayers, however after having had this lathe for a few months now and turned multiple Large, Heavy and small projects on this lathe I can say this is a fine example of Grizzly products! Yes there were some growing pains of crating being not perfect and some other Minor problems. I did not have these problems with my unit. I truly believe that this Is a World class lathe with all the correct pieces to do just about any project you can throw at it. I have turned projects from bottle stoppers to 21" platters and 20" hollow forms and multiple bowls of all dimensions on this lathe and it has performed flawlessly. The more I use it the more I like it and having saved a couple of thousands over "other" brands I am happy! I think if you do your homework, look around at where "most" other lathes are made these days and weigh your options based on performance, quality and features it`s hard to beat this lathe for the money. JMHO.
I bought the G0766 lathe this past summer and have put it through the paces turning bowls, Christmas ornaments, and boxes. It's all the lathe I will ever need. I'm very pleased with the rpm range and the centers line up perfectly. I would recommend this lathe for anyone serious about wood turning. Rugged and a super deal when you compare with the other lathes of similar size. You don't need to be hesitant in buying this lathe, it's a great machine and one of the BEST features, is the Customer Service you receive from Grizzly. That is really important to me. Buy this and enjoy wood turning!!!!!
After my first lathe had a catastrophic break down and I found that repair parts were no longer available, I was in the market for a new machine. I researched all the higher end lathe models but found that the price for the lathe with the capabilities that I was looking for was out of my budget range. Living in Alaska, makes freight prices a big factor too. The Grizzly G0766 had all the things that I wanted, 3 hp motor, large swing (22 inches over the bed), electronic variable speed, large distance between head and tail stocks for spindle turning, spindle indexing, forward and reverse spindle control, just to name a few. All this and the price with the shipping was still much cheaper than all the other lathes that I'd researched. I've been turning on it now for a couple of months and it's been fantastic and surpasses all my expectations. I've turned everything from pens to bowls that surpassed the limits of my previous lathe and have not been disappointed. My cheeks hurt from smiling while I'm turning. It's truly a joy to use this machine. The crating of the machine for shipment was great! I truly believe that you get the most bang for your wood turning buck with this machine!! I love it!!!
Our turning club bought 6 of these while on sale! I just recently got mine up and running. I started big with some 20" round by 10" deep walnut. Rough round I was spinning at just under 400 with the lathe solid and no vibrations. I have received and installed the larger banjo so I am able to now enjoy the full turning capacity of the lathe. The original banjo was only 16" deep I think and Grizzly redid the banjo and mailed out new replacement banjos that allowed the full 22". Not so much problems but irritations are... When spinning large blanks I have to grab a handful of shavings to be used as a brake. If I do not do this the inverter I guess shuts down, which requires me to turn it off put in neutral and wait for the inverter sound to stop. Takes about 10 seconds. Then do the reverse to start it back up. It needs an electronic brake/resistor. Even the more expensive lathes you have to add that on as a paid option. The banjo takes 25mm shafts for the rest and 1" will not fit. Our club has had drilling parties to drill the banjo out to 1"(25.4mm). The factory rest still works and now we can use additional rests. The head stock, tailstock, and banjo will not slide off the rails because the bolts are too long and hit the end rail. They are only about 1/16" too long and easily corrected. The inverter has a whine that is in the dog whistle range. All of these are minor problems and when weighed against the price for this size of lathe are of no consequence. The packing for shipping was done very well. Save the two nut plates that are used to bolt the rails down for shipping. I bought a hollowing system and am using one of those for it. So far I am totally enjoying the lathe.
I have several Grizzly products and this lathe is very well built (castings and machining) and runs very smoothly like most of their machines. I feel there are several design issues which decreases my rating for this product. 1) It is too tall, even for my 6' 2" body. I think they use the same legs for their smaller 12 or 14 inch lathes. On this 22 inch lathe that raises the working height 4 to 5 inches. I stand on 2 stacked mats to achieve a comfortable work height. Shorter persons may have to build a raised platform to stand on. 2) The tool post diameter is metric and slightly less than 1" so all the standard tool rests (oneway, robust, etc) will not fit. I had to pay to have the tool post holder bored out to accept other tool rests. This is especially annoying because Grizzly does not sell any other tool rests other than the huge one they include with the lathe. Most serious wood turners have 4 to 6 different tool rests. 3) The alignment of the head & tail stock are off by about .020 horizontally and .01 vertically. I can find no way to make adjustments. This is not a big issue with large bowls but is very significant for pen turning. 4) The switch for selecting forward, neutral, or reverse direction is small and seems cheap. Time will tell if it holds up.
Over all the lathe is very good for the money. Competitors in this size lathe are twice the price or more. If you don't absolutely need the increased diameter capability, I would recommend their small lathes. Hopefully Grizzly will correct these design issues in future production runs.
This is my second lathe. My fist still works just fine, but I was ready to move up to larger projects. I wanted to purchase a lathe that just maybe my last one. I had read many reviews. most older than 3 or 4 years. Some people had made some complaints about Grizzly machines so I was a little apprehensive. Then I weighted the the price and the functions of the lathes on the market. I could not afford the high class-high dollar lathes on the market. So I took the plunge and purchased the Grizzly G0766. It may not be as fancy looking as the high dollar machines. However I can't believe they could out perform the G0766. From my experience if you give up weight you give up performance, the G0766 has the weight. If you don't have enough variable speed control, the lathe controls you. The G0766 has the variable speed control as well as the 3 hp motor. The Grizzly G0766 is a monster tamer, it has the girth and weight and speed adjustment to stop vibration on my big projects and I can still do my small projects. It is the wood turners friend. When the human factor is involved in production and shipping you are going to have some problems here and there. But also when you have reviews and opinions you are going to get different personalities giving them. You can not make every body happy. I am happy with my Grizzly G0766 !
I purchased my G0766 in January 2016. I had the Grizzly 1495 before that. The lowest speed I could get to was in the 500rpm area. That was too fast for rough turning a bowl. That was why I looked into the G0766. The old lathe would only do a 12" bowl this will do 22", that alone was a fantastic plus. When I got the lathe I turned out several rough bowls and did not notice any problems, however when I went to finish a previously rough turned bowl I could not keep the bowl from wobbling. I finally noticed the shaft was not true. When I put my spur drive in and ran the tail stock up to it the spur drive turned a small but noticeable circle around the tail stock. That translated to a much bigger issue when turning a 12" or greater diameter project. I had to send the power head back to be repaired. I believe they fixed it the very day it came in and called me back almost immediately. With shipping figured in I had the lathe back in about 10 days from the day I sent it out. The service in the repair department was great. Long term life...I have high hopes, but we shall see. With the replaced shaft in place the lathe works exceptionally. I just wish they had better quality control over the item when it went out initially.
So over all good bang for the buck.
I am a disabled Marine Corps combat veteran of Iraqi Freedom and being unable to work I am on a MINUSCULE budget. I have been trying to build a shop with which I can make money for the passed 7 years and after years of turning on a HF 12" x 36" lathe I was finally able to afford a new, larger, more powerful lathe. In the year prior to my purchase I saw the G0766 in the 2015 catalog when it arrived at my house at the beginning of the year and I was ecstatic and the price and its size fueled a great deal of that excitement as it is far more affordable than other lathes... Who has $7500 for a 24" x 48" wood lathe?
When Grizzly had the 15% off coupon for active service members and veterans I jumped on the opportunity to purchase this lathe and I have not regretted it once since. The G0766 is certainly NOT lacking power and having the Variable Frequency Drive helps out a great deal if you are like me and cannot afford a 3-phase power converter or have 3-phase installed. Right away I could tell that my days of taking HOURS to turn pieces, that should take only minutes, were over. I have turned a wide variety of projects on my lathe from small treens (turned lidded boxes) up to 20" wide by 36" tall solid, Maple table lamps and large Wenge floor lamps. The G0766 eats it all and never stalls. With the G0766 you are going to get professional lathe features at hobbyist lathe prices, an undeniable and fantastic fact.
Features I like:
1.) The indexed spindle: This makes carving or routing on the lathe a breeze and it also helps tremendously when removing and switching between different types of chucks.
2.) Reversible Spindle: I do a TON of spindle work with exotic woods with in my table, desk and floor lamp making, some are very demanding woods with finicky grain patterns to say the least and being able to put my lathe in reverse and sand makes short work of this otherwise mundane task. I have also found that being able to reverse and stand on the opposite side of the normal operator's position also offers the ability to get into precarious places and features on my turnings that are not possible with other lathes.
3.) The Sliding Headstock: Having the option to move my work to the end of the lathe when I need to turn a table top or bowl that is larger than 22" is an incredible feature and gives this lathe and its operator great advantage over comparable lathes in the same range which feature fixed headstocks (ie Oneway).
4.) 3/8" Lamp Auger Hole Through Tailstock: Because I make table and floor lamps, being able to do deep boring while turning between centers is ESSENTIAL to producing accurate, high quality work. I will say that MY lathe did need some improvement and that the 3/8" bore was undersized, this forced me to machine the tailstock bore myself which I was not happy about as it caused me a tremendous amount of frustrations and missed work time while I searched to find a solution for the problem. I will say, however, that for the price that is a nearly negligible flaw.
5.) Solid Cast Bed and Legs: Grizzly did not skimp on material when it came to the engineering and production of the G0766, the solid, thick and heavy cast bed provides more than ample anti torque prowess yielding smooth, powerful and accurate work holding capability. I have worked with large balanced spindles blanks up to 20" in diameter and large, unbalanced Eastern Red Cedar bowl blanks and the G0766 took it all in stride, no chatter, flex or rattling or walking itself across the shop floor, the heavy cast legs and bed provided a solid base on which to turn.
6.) Quick Change Between RPM Ranges: Grizzly masterfully engineered the spindle pulley arrangement and headstock casting in a fashion that makes changing from high torque to high speed ranges a process that only takes seconds. In their infinite, innovative wisdom Grizzly chose to place the access cover on the front of the lathe which prevents a ton of hassle for the operator. No walking around to the other side of the lathe, having to go on a bear hunt (can't go over it, can't go through it, can't go around it, can't go under it) if you have your lathe in a small workshop, like in my situation, 1/2 of a 2-car garage. Needless to say it is a significant improvement over competing lathes in the G0766's size/range.
7.) Variable Speed Motor: Having this feature makes finding a speed that suits your work or needs on a particular feature an enjoyable task; the motor is fast, responsive and does not lack for power at any speed. If you have worked with other lathes that require changing the belt over on stepped pulleys you know how inconvenient and frustrating that can be, you get one end of the belt over, then the other end wont come over, slipping, pinching your fingers, often cramped spaces in which to complete the task, its a real hassle... not so with the G0766, just turn the dial and spend more time turning instead of fooling around with belts, stepped pulleys or levers.
8.) Heavy Duty Steel Motor Lever: Having this rigid, sturdy beast of a lever to hoist the somewhat heavy motor upwards while changing pulleys is a great help and definitely helps make the process fast, easy and enjoyable.
Things I Would Like To See Improved:
1.) A 50" Bed Extension with Extra Leg: I turn large pieces but lately I find myself with the opportunity to turn columns, decorative and structural. The one thing I was sincerely hoping to see Grizzly incorporate into the design, manufacturing and options for this lathe is a bed extension. At first I looked into the parts manual to see if it was possible to simply purchase a bed and single leg alone but of all of the parts one CAN purchase, those two are specifically unavailable. A few months ago I spoke with someone at Grizzly and asked if they were going to be producing an outboard turning and bed extension that will attach to the legs and bed, respectively, as they already have holes bored into the legs and ends of the bed... The answer was "no" and I have to tell you I was incredibly disappointed. I certainly don't want to have to go to those who shall not be named (P------tic) just to find a lathe that will suit my turning needs. I feel that Grizzly is really missing out on an EXTREMELY important part of the machine market, which is upgrades, feature upgrades and options that expand the capabilities of their machines, specifically, in this case, the G0766. Now many would say, "Well, for this price you could just buy a second lathe and have a spare leg and headstock/motor/VFD etc on hand..." and while that SOUNDS like an attractive idea, I would rather not spend $1600 to get $800-$1000 of parts. I have talked with a lot of other professional woodturners and fellow owners of the G0766 and they have expressed this sentiment as well.
2.) Do away with the plastic locking handles: Of all of the most important places not to skimp on material, the locking handles is certainly not one of those and I have had plenty of experience with stripped out plastic locking levers/handles on quills, banjos and motors.
3.) Change the Tool Rest Locking Mechanism: Having a single screw though a tapped hole in the banjo to tighten and hold the tool rest into position is a feature I expect from smaller lathes such as a 12" x 36" or benchtop lathe but on this machine it is DEFINITELY out of place. I would like to see a double-wedge mechanism with a beefy cast locking lever and screw. Would adding this feature make the price for this lathe go up proportionally? Yes and I would gladly pay the money. It is possible, however, that Grizzly is not comfortable with this mechanism as it may push the lathe into a price point in which they feel they could not sell the lathe as easily, and I completely understand that, but for a lathe of this magnitude and power that allows its owner to turn much larger pieces it needs the holding power.
While I do have a list of features that I would like to see improved or options offered I still stand by giving this lathe a 5 star rating. Even with these short comings the G0766 outperforms and "outprices" its competitors of similar size and power; this lathe is in NO WAY an amateur, hobby lathe, it packs serious punch and is not afraid to turn whatever you put on it. It is not a shy beast by any means, after all, it is a Grizzly and given the last decade it is what we all have come to expect from this company.
Semper Fidelis! Always Faithful!
I have had mine since January 2016, thus far I think it's a fine lathe. It came with a bad speed POT that Grizzle fixed no problems with very fast shipping. Solid machine, well constructed, everything they say it is it is. The spec says it turns down to 100rpm but mine turns down much less on its way to 0rpm. Motor inverter has a dog whistle sound between 200rpm and 1000rpm, not bad, but it exists.
1) Well constructed
2) A ton of power at low end
4) Drive and tail stock near perfect alignment
1) Bolt from tail stock to long, so the tail stock cannot simply be slid off the unit,.
2) Dog Whistle sound( elect sound not mech) between 200rpm and 1000rpm
3) Need to drill out to accommodate 1" tool rest that are more common in the USA. In my case, going to the surplus steel
yard and grabbing some 1" cold rolled and making some special case tool rests is normal; and finding 24mm cold roll is
not something easy to find in the USA.
I would recommend this unit, ton of machine for the money! Touch more QC from Grizzly and 5 star unit.
A FEW YEARS AGO I BOUGHT A SAW G5959Z I WANTED A NEW ONE BUT MY MEN IN THE SHOP HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO TEAR THIS ONE UP------I ALSO HAVE A GO513X2 BAND SAW I MADE A MISTAKE I SHOULD HAVE GOT ONE WITH A BRAKE--WHAT A GREAT BAND SAW SO EASY TO SET UP---RUNS SO SMOOTH AND QUITE---I ALSO HAVE A GO462 THAT WAS A SUPER GREAT WOOD LATH----I FINALLY FIGURED OUT MY BROTHER NEEDED A GOOD LATH SO I GAVE IT TO HIM----NOW I HAVE GO766 WOOD LATH WHAT A GREAT SMOOTH RUNNING LATH-----I HAVE HEARD THAT IT IS JUST TO HIGH TO THE CENTER------WELL I AM 5' 4" AND IT IS PERFECT FOR ME----WHAT A SMOOTH RUNNING LATH-----GRIZZLY ONLY MAKES ONE TOOL REST----NOW THAT IS NO PROBLEM---THEY SELL A SET OF DRILLS AND I USED THE ONE INCH DRILL AND NOW I CAN USE ANY TOOL REST WITH A ONE INCH POST---IN FACT I HAVE TWO NEW TOOL REST THAT JUST SLIDES RIGHT IN----IF YOU HAVE A DRILL PRESS THIS IS A SNAP ... DRILL THE POST ON THE BANJO TO ONE INCH-----I AM 83 AND THAT LATH IS JUST PERFECT FOR ME I HAVE DONE A LOT OF TURNING WITH IT--------I LIKE SEGMENTED TURNING THE MOST AND ESPECIALLY OPEN SEGMENTED TURNING----WOW WHAT A GREAT LATH. PERFECT HEIGHT----PERFECT SMOOTH SPEEDS THAT VARIABLE SPEED CONTROL IS GREAT---WHEN YOU TURN THE SPEED DOWN ITS ALMOST LIKE PUTTING ON THE BRAKE--------BY THE WAY I ALSO LIKE THE WAY THE PEOPLE AT GRIZZLY ARE SO HELPFUL AND KIND-------TO BAD THERE AIN'T A 6 RATHER THAN A 5 FOR RATING. THANK YOU GRIZZLY (I SAVED A BUNDLE OF MONEY ALSO)
Purchased this lathe about a month ago as (hopefully) my last upgrade lathe. After using a mid-lathe the difference between this and the midi would be like comparing apples & oranges, so I'll just list the pro's & con's. Pro's: as much (if not more) power as I forsee me needing in the foreseeable future. Have thrown very hard dry ironwood of about 14" and the motor just kept asking for more. Largest piece so far was an 18" x 20" piece of pecan turned into a vase again, no problem. Some have said the center is too high; however, at 6'1" and a 32 inseam, the center is exactly at my elbow so I'm really not sure what the fuss is about. Weight of the stock unit is "ok" but with unbalanced loads I could see it wanting to travel across the shop - I have room in my shop, so it's bolted down eliminating this issue (others may need to put on a shelf w/sandbags etc). Setup, good documentation, easy assembly (will definitely want a second person to help lift during assembly).
Con: really wish Grizzly would offer an upgrade to a 1" post on banjo so we can use "off the shelf rests". Easy enough to fix w/1" reamer, but shouldn't have to do this - wouldn't be so bad if Grizzly offered more rests that fit.
All in all, even though the banjo issue is a pain, being a third of the price if PM/Airplane brands I'd do it all over again and would highly recommend to anyone on a limited budget.
I have turned a lot of bowls on this lathe and it performs great it still runs vibration free just like the day I bought it I love this lathe and would recommend it everyone The only thing I had a problem with was the feet but I took them off and cut four pieces of rubber mat to go where the feet go one each and this made it stable and fixed the problem easy fix.
I purchased this lathe because the one I had didn't have variable speed, and I love the variable speed this lathe has. Great product.
Wish it had a better spindle lock and come with a standard 1" tool rest post
I am very impressed and pleased with This machine,from the customer service to the price of this three and a half horse motor which is very quiet and the six hundred pound weight means it has no vibration and with a 42 inch bed makes it long enough to turn table legs to the 22 inch center that makes it the perfect machine for turning lamps and bowls.this will be the last lath i own and would highly recommend this machine to anyone.
The lathe was easy to assemble and runs very smoothly. it weighs 500# but you still need to anchor it to the floor for rough blocks of wood that is not balanced. It would be nice to see more accessories for it in the catalog
I am very pleased with this lathe. It easily compares to Powermatic and Robust products. I studied the options for months and finally chose the G0766. It is smooth and powerful. The only suggestion I would have would be to make the tool rest post a standard 1". I solved that issue by ordering some 25mm bar stock and adapting my other tool rests. This a great lathe.
I do a lot of big burl turnings and the 0766 handles them very nicely. I love the varriable frequency drive and reverse features. I've turned out 30 bowls so far with no issues or complaints.