Grizzly G0733 - Heavy Duty Wood Lathe 18" x 47"
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Need a solid cast-iron lathe with big capacity? Well, look no further, because this 18" x 47" Wood Lathe has it all! You'll appreciate the cast-in shelf brackets for adding additional mass, variable-speed control in two torque ranges, digital speed indicator, forward and reverse switch and convenient utility basket. Single-phase frequency drive technology provides the electronic variable-speed control without the three-phase power requirement. All you need is standard 220 Volt, single-phase power to be up and running in no time. You'll be amazed by all the quality and innovative features this lathe has to offer!
We changed from a (brushless) DC motor to a 3-phase AC motor for several reasons. It's quieter, electrically more efficient, and provides smoother power output - especially at slower speeds. The DC motor design can be a bit choppy at slower speeds, and while most users wouldn't notice this, we decided it was worth the upgrade. Also, 3-phase AC motors are the most reliable motor design that there is. So the change improves both the performance and reliability of an already outstanding heavy-duty wood lathe.
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6 Customer Reviews (4.5 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
I bought the G0733 Lathe because I wanted an extended bed with a quality ground surface for moving the tail stock. Up front I knew I'd at least be getting that. I've been pleasantly surprised by how smoothly the motor runs through the range of speeds in both directions. The heavy base allows me to turn large diameter stock without uncomfortable vibrations. I turn some small pieces and mostly large table legs. This machine is a big win for Grizzly. That said, I do have a small critique. The tool rest comes painted, and therefore not a smooth surface for the tools to ride across. I grabbed a sanding disc on my 4" grinder and removed all the paint, leaving a smooth, ground surface. Thus far the solution has been a good one. In the en, though, I'll likely purchase a new tool rest.
If I had it to do over again I would certainly purchase this lathe!
Lathe works great. Seems to have plenty of power. A few things I would like to see; it comes with one tool rest which is okay for long turning jobs but too big for smaller jobs, and the tool rest is not made to the same standard as the rest of the lathe. The top was painted and very hard to slide a tool across so I sanded off the paint and found a very rough pitted surface under it. I contacted customer service and they replaced it however the replacement was just as bad. I'm doing repairs to it myself.
I'm not sure what the basket is for and I would much rather have another (smaller) tool rest than it.
Another little problem is that you have to take a screwdriver to remove the cover to change speeds, I think a knob or latch would be much better.
If you buy this lathe I don't think you will be disappointed, I gave it four stars due to the above mentioned items.
I bought this lathe about a month ago and drove up to the Missouri store to pick it up and got it uncrated and in the garage before a huge rainstorm. The warehouse staff had no problem loading it into a pickup, silly but I was concerned. This is not my first wood lathe, it is a replacement for one from another manufacturer that I just wore out. I am extremely pleased with the lathe, it has plenty of power, runs extremely smoothly in both directions and I just love the range of speed and the ease of control. This was a great purchase and I would do it again if I had to but I don't think I'll be wearing this beast out any time soon.
Stepped up to this machine from a small Pen turning lath. I have been utilizing this machine for a couple of months now, and I truly love the machine. The price is really great for the quality of machine that you are getting. Two suggestions, that would make the experience a 5 star and even better. Change the diameter of the tool rest shaft to a full 1", vs. the metric 25mm. Accessory tool rest are really, really hard to find, and almost nonexistent. And yes, as a previous writer mentioned, it really does need a headstock hand wheel? If not for this hiccup I would have certainly rated this machine a 5 star.
I have no complaints with the power of the lathe and its overall operation. However I can't believe it was designed without an easy way to manually turn the headstock spindle. Which is a must for easy sanding and/or checking the progress of a project.... You either have to grab the chuck or other workpiece mounting hardware which I found out is not safe, (after the threads of the spindel cut my hand pretty bad.... and left a metal spur in it to be dug out...) or grab and turn the actual work piece. Both of which are not convenient. A lathe this powerfull with so many options could have really hit a homerun with this simple little addition. Making things even worse, when I called it's not even an option you can buy....
I got this machine about a month ago, been doing some turning on it and it is about the nicest lathe I have ever ran. It replaced a 12x36 pre 70's Rockwell Delta, it too was a fine lathe but I wanted more capacity, and this machine delivers it, it took a little getting used to the amount of power the unit has, the old one had a 1/2 or 3/4 HP motor, so if you gouged a little too much it would stop the spindle, but it doesn't even slow it down on this unit
Definitely would recommend this machine if you are looking for a quality machine