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, 20A
- 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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88 Customer Reviews (4.8 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
Wonderful tool love it all I expected and .more great power enemy problem I red about had been adressed and fixed by grizzly very happy
I bought this lathe (first one) about six months ago. It finally arrived about 1.5 months ago and I love it. I attend a woodturning class/group and the lead instructor has a Powermatic. This lathe is not on the same level, but will do most of the same things the Powermatic will. The motor wines on lower speeds but just a little. I'm being picky. If someone else didn't write about the noise I wouldn't have really noticed it. The adjustment nobs for the banjo aren't as nice as the Powermatic but everything is pretty similar. Great quality, and I don't know how much better I would need...ever.
Excellent piece of equipment. Solid and easy to use with lots of power. I have not had it long but I am very pleased with the lathe.
This lathe is a beast! More power than I could ever ask for, at least for the type of work I do.. I highly recommend this for any intermediate turner or above, you wont regret it!
Great lathe very easy to use and very smooth very happy with it, made this candle holder in about an hour.
Had mine for about 2 months. I looked and researched for months and the G0766 is hands down the best value out there if you need a large powerful lathe. It comes securely crated,sets up in about an hour I set mine up myself but I'm a pretty big guy. I would recommend 2 people... its heavy! Smooth running ,quiet, all the power most people will ever need. One of the few purchases I have made that exceeded my expectations!
Lathe was delivered to home by flat bed truck and forklifted into my garage. From there it took a few hours to undo crating material and reassemble in my woodshop. I did it with 2 people.. the headstock is alot beefier than anticipated. Plugged lathe in same day and loaded up a piece of wood. There are a few paint chips missing on lathe and def inverter whine when running but other than that it is as expected. Second log chucked up was a 40lb piece of off balanced mango. Lathe didnt budge. Glad i bought it..
I turn professionally and have written a book for Linden on turning. I teach turning and Im a certified Easy Wood Tools instructor. This machine arrived at he shop in western South Dakota, including delivery, just a hair under $2k, which I consider very affordable. It took an hour to unpack, assemble and get up and running. It is smooth as silk, totally stable and an absolute delight. The only tiny suggestion I have is a spindle lock instead of having to insert a pin. We have several other large Grizzly machines, and the company has been very easy to deal with, and very helpful and informed.
This lathe has done everything I have asked it to do. Very pleased highly reccomend this lathe.
As with all my Grizzly tools this lathe has been a great value and has functioned very well so far.
When I decided to upgrade my lathe from the small cheap one I purchased a couple of years ago I looked at everything. I always seem to come back to Grizzly. My shop is mostly equipped with Grizzly tools. I can't say enough good about the tools I have purchased from Grizzly. The price point is very reasonable and the quality is always well above average. So when it came time to get a better lathe the Grizzly G0766 kept coming to the top of the list. The size of this machine is impressive (it took 4 guys to get it into my shop), the fit and finish was great, set-up was a breeze as well. I've only used it a few times so far but it has performed flawlessly. the machine was back-ordered at the time I placed my order but it shipped on the exact date it was promised and I actually received it a day earlier than expected. Any issues that may have been experienced earlier with electronic power converter were not present on mine. Bottom line, this is a rock solid lathe that will more than likely outlive me. I'm very happy with my decision and I would not hesitate to recommend this lathe to anyone. I have attached a picture of the new lathe (and the old one) in my shop!
I ordered the G0766 at the end of January and was disappointed to find out that it was back-ordered until late March (estimated). But I waited and got the shop ready. I began turning again about a year and a half ago on a little 12 x 18 lathe from a low cost tool supplier. When I got the updated availability date of early March I was thrilled as I had read so many great things about this lathe. There were two items I read about that people did not like but were easy to fix. One was the banjo was 25mm not one inch so aftermarket tool rests were difficult to find and the other the spindle shoulder was too large to allow some chucks to seat properly. So I purchased a 1" drill bit to drill out the banjo and had a file at the ready for the spindle. The lathe finally came in on March 15th I rushed up to Bellingham to pick it up. Brought it home and had it unloaded and set up within an hour (with the help of a material lift. This is heavy! )
As I set it up I measured the banjo and it appears that Grizzly listened as the hole in the banjo measured 1.002" not 25mm. But the spindle was a hair to large to fit my Nova G3. So the small file came out and I shaved off that hair and the chuck fits perfectly now.
Since March 15th I have turned several bowls from some nice maple burl that a friend gave me and some green maple bowls as well. This lathe is so smooth and powerful. I never felt comfortable in front of my other small lathe above about 1200 RPM. This machine I have had maxed out several times with no worries. I can see this lathe lasting a long time.
Oh, and the crate this comes in has some really nice plywood on it. I couldn't resist on making a ballast box and cabinet.
Now I am waiting for a small cyclone dust collector on back order... Need it soon of the shavings will pile up!!
This was a Christmas Present from my Wife and I just now got set up and turned some old Oak logs that were laying around the shop. But to cut to the chase the Customer Service was Great. And Technical Service was beyond belief since before I purchased, I had some questions about the performance of the Lathe. The Lathe was delivered in a Nice Crate and Pallet, no damage, and all parts were in the crate. Before going with Grizzly I looked at all of the machines out there. Powermatic, Laguna, Oneway, Jet, NOVA, and a few others. And what the conclusion was unless you are going to be using the machine in a Commercial setting were it is turned on at 8am and run until 8pm 6 day's a week no sense to spend the 6 to 10 K for a machine. Grizzly makes a good machine at a reasonable price. I would recommend this machine to anyone who loves to turn, but does not do it for a living. I would then recommend to look at the G0799 and then look at the Powermatic and other hardcore Commercial Machines. Grizzly has come a long way since they first came on the Woodworking scene 35 years ago. I will have to say I was wrong, they kept up with R and D, honed there products, and above all Customer Service that is always there for you........Grizzly has converted me over from a loyal die hard Powermatic guy.........
I bought the G0766 last month. It arrived in a crate in perfect condition. It was not missing any parts and went together with no problems.
It runs great, is very smooth and is all the lathe I will ever need.
Why pay over double to get the bigger name lathes when this does it all.
Only suggestion would be to change the toolrest to standard full size 1 inch and offer accessory tool rests.
can not revue at this time because the machine came to me with a defective part that is in the process of being replaced.
I am disappointed that it was NOT check out before shipping, very discouraging after being excited for the purchase.
I bought this lathe last month and so far and has been fantastic. Quiet and smooth operation, very heavy with no vibration, and no issues. With the help of a friend, I was able to put the lathe in my basement. We open the crate and carried the pieces down separately. The Motorhead was the heaviest. We could have used in dolly to go down the steps but we're able to handle it together. I also have a 12in Grizzly jointer that is phenomenal! Would definitely recommend this product and would purchase again.
Bought this lathe to replace my 1980's Delta 12x36. Although my Delta was a great lathe it did not have the capacity I was needing.
The G0766 fit the bill perfectly with 22" swing and 42" bed length. Three HP motor as well. Best Bang for the Buck IMHO!
Can't see how the other imports can justify their increased price difference over this lathe. This is my first Grizzly and the quality is great.
Next purchase will be one of their 17" band saws.
I think this lathe is great value. I have not used it as much as I would like with it being so cold out. But am very happy with it. Wish they would bore the banjo to one inch though.
Read numerous reviews before purchasing the G0766 and almost all of negative reviews have been addressed. Very happy with this lathe
I own several Grizzly products and have not been disappointed by any of them. Great value.
I am a novice wood turner. I have been using a small 1/3 hp shop fox. I got the G0766 just before Christmas. It arrived in great shape. I assembled it myself. It is one quiet smooth running machine. No more bogging down on heavy cuts with this 3 hp motor. I think this lathe would serve any wood turner and is about 1/2 the price of competitive models with 3 hp motors.
I was ready to move up to a full-size lathe and this fit the bill very nicely. The EVS is great; machine smooth and vibration free. Very happy with machine.
This is my third lathe, and by far the best I could ever imagine. The power and weight is so smooth that I fine myself spending more time in the shop. The turning capacity is much greater than my old lathe, so I find myself trying to max out this one. Very happy with my purchase, and yes I would recommend it to a friend. I am 64 and it is the perfect height, there are reviews that say it is to tall, not for me!
I came off a 12 harbor freight lathe and upgraded to this. I have never been so pleased! Head shaft and tail stock align perfectly. Everything is easy to set up and use. I had to change the plug to what is in my garage and we were up and running. The only thing that I havent done yet is drill the tool rest hole up to the standard 1 hole so I can use Standard tool rests. This is a lot of large for the price. You cant go wrong with this at all!
I bought this product a year ago and have been happy with it. However, I needed a "S" shaped tool rest for turning bowls. I could not find one on the Grizzly site so contacted their customer service by email. They responded and told me that they did not offer this kind of tool rest and I needed to get it from another manufacturer. They also reminded me that the tool rest post must be 25mm, and 1" was too large.
So, NO, I do not recommend this lathe for bowl turners. Grizzly does not offer a complete line of accessories and finding OEM accessories will likely prove to be difficult.
My lathe arrived a couple weeks ago, UPS freight. I ordered lift gate service and the UPS guy brought it to the street and then rolled it up my driveway an into the garage. The lathe crate was in perfect condition and after unboxing, everything was in good shape. With the help of a friend, I got the lathe put together and in position. Turned it on and it ran so smooth!! no vibration at all. Turned one small project with no problems. Looking forward to starting some larger projects. One critique would be that the spec sheet says the tool rest has a 1 inch shaft... its not. Its 25mm. My Robust tool rests have a 25.4mm (1 inch) shafts and do not fit. I'll drill out the banjo with a 1 inch bit. It's only 0.4mm so no big deal to ream out. Just would be nice to have the spec sheet right. Overall, very happy.
The lathe is great, lots of power and the variable speed makes life easy when turning natural edge bowls. The face plate was a little warped but customer service replaced it with no hassle. Very nice people to work with. I have had the Grizzly 17 inch extreme band saw now for about a year and use it almost daily and it is great also. Would recommend both.
Enjoying getting back to wood turning after many years away. Seems to be a great lathe, and the digital speed control is fantastic. Read lots of reviews ahead of purchase, and wondered about the few negative comments. Looks like those were based on preferences and not the quality or functionality of the machine. Very quiet and extremely stable. Only issue I have had is that the included faceplate was the wrong thread size, but Grizzly is replacing it without hesitation. Highly recommend Grizzly and the G0766!
The lathe seems to have plenty of power. The threading in the feet/base was poor. I had to "chase" 2 of them, why not make the tool rest hole 1" (25.4MM) instead of 25MM?
I have to remove the tailstock, when I use my hollowing system, and that's a real joke, removing and re-installing that, thankfully I don't have to remove the tool rest banjo, it's even worse!
My old lathe coasted quite a bit after it was turned off, this one stops almost immediately, not sure if that's a good or bad thing.
Bottom line, if there's something comparable, for a little more money made somewhere other, than China, I'll spend the extra money!
There wasn't a "MAYBE" under the "Would you recommend this product?"
I bought my new grizzly G0766 3hp lathe in Sept 2017. Have turned several large pieces with no problems. It was missing 1 locking lever on the banjo. Grizzly sent me a new one right away. Customer service was very helpful and friendly. Not being used to such a large lathe I placed my arm against the face plate and burned some skin..
I haven't had the opportunity to actually turn anything on the new lathe yet, but it is all set up and everything seems to be in perfect operational order. I also want to say that Grizzly always does a great job crating their products for shipment, and anytime I have had an issue, or question, their customer service staff was great! I look forward to many years of turning with my new lathe.
I received my 766 in early September after being on back-order for several months. Grizzly made it worth my while to wait for it, and the product is everything it is reported to be and then some. Great value for the money, everything I'll ever need and thensome!
I had researched different lathes to buy for over a year when I decided I needed an upgrade. I'm thrilled with my choice!
This lathe is less than half the price of the "Pro" models, but it is all you need. I am a "Pro" and this is all the lathe you need.
lots of power and very smooth. The only thing I could ask for is to have the spindle lock but that is ok. You better have some help to set it up.
Amazing lathe. Sturdy and well built. I've had no issues other than a few paint chips.
I purchased my G0766 in mid February. I started turning with a mini lathe I received as a Christmas Gift 5 or 6 years ago. Turned some pens and small bowls. As with most turners, I got hooked. I was building a 5 leg table for a friend, and had to have more spindle length, so I purchased a HF lathe to turn those legs. I used it for about 3 years, turning more bowls and a couple of hollow forms. However, with the 12" swing and low horsepower, I was very limited in choices of what to turn. I finally decided to upgrade to a real lathe, and purchased my Grizzly. So far, I love it. Unlike my previous two machines, this one has as much power as I think I will ever need. I have turned several items on this lathe, and it has performed extremely well. I would not hesitate to recommend this to a friend, family member, or anyone else who was interested. My only complaints are the banjo should have a 1" hole for tool rest instead of the 25mm hole, and I also had to file the spindle down behind the threads so my chucks would register against the spindle shoulder. Both minor fixes.
Yes the lathe is excellent but you need to provide more tool rest options, I tried to purchase a curved tool rest but was told you did not carry any for my lathe.
This lathe came quickly after ordering and well pack. I paid for lift gate service and it was worth it. This machine is heavy! Did not take long to assembly. I have only been turning for a few years and have had a vintage lathe, but after lots of research I think this is the best deal for the money for sure! It runs very nice and quiet. The variable speed is very nice to use. I see using this Lathe for years to come and not out growing it in my life time. Thank You Grizzly!
I took delivery of my new G0766 two months ago and have been delighted with it from the moment I opened the shipping crate. The unit was well packed and arrived in perfect condition. It was very easy to assemble, requiring only assembling the legs to the bed ways and assembling the banjo to the ways. It has performed flawlessly for the two months I've owned it and shows no indication of future problems. I've read other reviews talking about a "dog whistle" sound at some settings but although it does make some noise typical of solid state VFD's, I certainly do not find it objectionable.
My only criticism is the lack of accessories available from Grizzly. A selection of tool rests in various sizes and configuration would finish this package off perfectly, in my opinion. That being said, it is simple enough to weld up what I require.
If I had the opportunity to revisit my purchase decision, I would buy this lathe again without hesitation.
Overall, an excellent machine. Shipment was delivered in excellent time. I turn a number of birch burls. It has handled everything I have put on. Why they have a 25 mm post instead of one inch is a concern.
I am very please with this lathe , After I worked for a couple weeks I realize how convenient is the reverse speed when you are turning a bowl in the oposite side over a difficult position you have to adopt on a regular lathe.
I was originally going to purchase a Leguna but after considerable research decided to go with Grizzly. I've ran this lathe for about 3 months. Turned bowls up to 15 inches and spindle projects. I'm impressed with the speed control, weight and balance of the machine, and it's overall "heft". You would struggle to find this size of machine with its performance elsewhere. Very glad I decided on the Grizzly G0766!!! This is my first Grizzly purchase and certainly not my last.
I love this lathe, there were a few "issues" at first, but Grizzly support was great at working with me to resolve them. I have had issues with finding metric tool rests, but was able to have a local machine shop create me an adapter so now all standard 14-16" tool rests now fit! That is the only thing I would improve on this machine.
Received G0766 lathe 4/21/2017.. packing create was awesome arrived in excellent condition
Assembly time maybe 1.5 hours
1.Solid well built machine
2 Plenty of power for large pieces of wood
3 Easily put it up against any competition
Don't see any reason to pay 2x or 3x more for other brands
4.My pulleys all seemed to be aligned well,spindle was true, tailstock /headstock were aligned well
5. Packaged well with padding between all metal parts and ways/bed. Bonus you can use the plywood to make box for under the ways
6. Recommended it, in a heart beat no hesitation
Cons,only being picky
1.Tool rest shafts needs to be machined a little longer, 5/8 tool is above center, makes it a little difficult to clear the center for the chuck for the tenon ,the 25mm tool rest is really no big deal and a easy fix
2. I have a little growling sound especially at low RPM, not sure if I have a bad bearing or just a normal sound for the G0766 have a call in the tech support and my only real concern. But from what I've read customer service is A+, so if it is a bad bearing I'm sure they will replace headstock
Update on the growling sound, it was a bad bearing, so had to send the complete headstock back to have new bearings put in.... it would have been nice if they just could have sent a new unit and then returned mine in same create.... I had to create my up and send in...no big deal but a little inconvenience
3. The whining sound from the inverter is a little annoying but when loaded with wood not to bad....talked to others, some have it, some don't. ...seems other brands that have an inverter have same issue, if you go to Web sit on delta inverter, that particular one is being replaced, so not sure if grizzly will replace but that's not a big concern for me at this point
3. Had a few chips of paint on the bed, tiny, just me being super picky, no big deal
Bottom line for the price you can't go wrong save the extra 1.5k for other tools, you won't be disappointed. I would purchase again with no hesitations.
I have had this thing for about a year, and love it. It replaced an old Rockwell/Delta 12x36 and I love the extra capacity, that was the main reason I bought it, but sure don't regret it.
The banjo isn't a problem with me I have an Axleson engine lathe, and a Miller wire welder so i build my own "custom made" ones
Honestly couldn't ask for a better machine for the money, I have about 7-8 Grizzly machines and have had no problems with any of them
I am extremely happy with my new lathe. I was very happy to find out that many of the "faults" that were mentioned in previous reviews had been addressed by Grizzly and "fixed". A great lathe at a great price.
I've had this lathe for about 3 months now. I don't ever see myself need a bigger lathe or needing more power. Everything works for me, like the fact it's taller then most lathes.
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.
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.
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 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.
Wish it had a better spindle lock and come with a standard 1" tool rest post
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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!!!
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!!!!!
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.