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Overview

The Grizzly G0768 8" x 16" Variable-Speed Lathe is perfect for a sturdy workbench or as a stand-alone unit when mounted on the T26599 Optional Stand.

Features variable-speed spindle with high/low speed ranges, convenient quick-lock tailstock, reverse feed for cutting left-hand threads and a great selection of included standard equipment.

Like all Grizzly lathes, the G07658 comes with a 1-year warranty that covers parts and assures the unit is free from factory defects. (Consumables are not covered by the warranty.) The G0768 manual was written by our U.S. based Documentation Department is packed with useful information.

The Grizzly Technical Support team is U.S. based. Parts and accessories for the lathe are available online and shipped from the Grizzly parts warehouse in Springfield, MO.

Made in an ISO 9001 factory

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Motor: 3/4 HP, 110V, single-phase 10A
  • Swing over bed: 8-1/4"
  • Swing over cross slide: 4-5/8"
  • Swing over saddle: 6-7/8"
  • Distance between centers: 15-3/4"
  • Bed width: 4"
  • Spindle bore: 0.787" (20mm)
  • Spindle type: Intrinsic back plate
  • Spindle taper: MT#3
  • Tailstock taper: MT#2
  • Tailstock quill travel: 2"
  • Cross slide travel: 3"
  • Compound travel: 2-1/8"
  • Spindle speed: Variable, 50–2000 RPM
  • Longitudinal feeds: (2) 0.0037, 0.0068 in./rev.
  • Inch thread range: (15) 9–44 TPI
  • Metric thread range: (12) 0.4–3.0mm
  • Footprint: 10-1/2" x 31-1/2"
  • Overall dimensions: 36" W x 16" D x 14" H
  • Approximate shipping weight: 186 lbs.

FEATURES:

  • Electronic variable-speed spindle control with digital readout
  • High and low variable spindle speed ranges
  • Chip tray and backsplash guard
  • Thread dial indicator
  • Inch/metric dials
  • Emergency stop button
  • Quick-locking tailstock

INCLUDES:

  • 4" three-jaw scroll chuck with two sets of jaws
  • 4" four-jaw independent chuck with reversible jaws
  • 6-3/4" faceplate
  • 4-way turret tool post
  • Follow rest
  • Steady rest
  • Tool box with service tools
  • Bottle for oil
  • Replacement fuse
  • MT#2 and MT#3 dead centers
Reviews

37 Customer Reviews(4.6 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review

Anonymous Reviewer
Very accurate, ready to use out of the crate, but many accessories are throw-aways 09/03/2020 6:31:09 PM

I really like this machine, but be aware it is a "hobby grade" lathe and will need some TLC to set it up and make it work well. Initial tests with this lathe showed a run-out of .0015" on the 3-jaw chuck that comes mounted on it.
I measured with a dial indicator on 1/2" drill rod, about 1" out from the chuck. This was about what
one could expect from a lathe at this price, and I was quite happy with it. Seems to have plenty of
power, even for turning steel.
Definitely invest in a quick change tool post to replace the one that comes on it. The provided tool
post works okay, but it's a pain changing tools compared to what a QCTP can do. And be warned,
you will probably need to do some machining or clever modification to make a QCTP fit this lathe.

The steady rest and follower rest use solid bronze fingers - no roller bearings. This makes these two
pieces quite useless. They will horrible score up anything that spins in them. About $50 and some
bearings, shoulder bolts, washers, and work on my milling machine, and I mounted my own bearings
on the steady rest fingers and now it is usable.

Most of of the dial controls work quite well out of the box, but I did have to adjust the gibs on them
to get smooth operation. The automatic carriage feed works smoothly.

The 4-jaw chuck that comes as an accessory is badly bell mouthed, a common problem with that particular
San Ou model 4-jaw chuck. If you have the ability to do milling or grinding to correct it, it can be made to
work well, but as-provided, it won't hold much of anything straight in the jaws. If you use it for light work,
and don't try to cut more than an inch or two away from it, you might get away with it, but otherwise, no.
The tailstock is about .005" high compared to the main spindle, so if you plan on suspending long stock at both ends, you'll have error unless you fix this. I took the tailstock apart and just ran the base back and forth over some 100 grit sandpaper on a flat concrete floor. Then put back on lathe, check height alignment with main spindle, and repeat until you get it accurate. Then finish up with some 400 or 800 grit.
The tailstock quill has some annoying "notchy" points in its movement, and I plan to take it apart and see if there is a burr or other ding in the worm drive causing this.

This sounds like I'm a downer on this machine, but I'm really not. Once I fixed up the 4-jaw chuck and
the steady rest, and adjusted the gibs and ran it for a while, it is doing a really good job. I can turn
small parts with accuracy down around .002", which is all I was expecting from a machine like this,
and it does a nice job.

It's exactly what I expected, and it works for me. Just be aware of these issues with machines in this
price range. You will need to put in some work to get it to its full potential.

Anonymous Reviewer
05/27/2020 5:01:14 PM

Used this lathe has soon as I got it . It has lots of power able to get very good results love it

Anonymous Reviewer
05/20/2020 10:14:52 AM

No feedback given

Brandon B
Just what I needed 04/18/2020 10:35:42 AM

This metal lathe has saved me hours in my shop. Doing exactly what I need it to do. Used mostly for duck call making.

Anonymous Reviewer
Great service! 02/06/2020 7:21:58 PM

I was a little worried about getting the lathe delivered, I live on a dead end street. The lathe traveled by Saia until it reached Orlando. Saia handed it off to Lykes Cartage for final delivery. They really went above and beyond. The guy backed down my street, lift gated it down onto his pallet jack and dragged it up my driveway and across the grass to my shop doors! I can't thank them enough. Everything was in the box, (nice wooden crate, (my wife snagged it for gardening stuff!) I'm cleaning grease off now, I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

Anonymous Reviewer
Excellent buy 12/15/2019 1:49:27 AM

I bought this product 1month ago and I am very satisfied with this machine.

David
11/30/2019 3:10:43 PM

No feedback given

Robert S
Nice machine! 09/11/2019 6:39:34 PM

This is a real machine all steel gears.
Since it's from Grizzly you know you will have product support.

Brandon Y
Excellent Small Lathe! 05/05/2019 5:39:42 PM

I bought this a few months ago. The week after I bought it, it went on sale for $999. Grizzly refunded the difference in price, so right there I knew I had made a good purchase with excellent customer service. When I first got it the gear banjo was warped. Grizzly immediately sent a new banjo and that fixed it. I then noticed after adjusting and setting up the tailstock that it was cracked. Again grizzly immediately sent a replacement.

I have made a few modifications and tweaks to the lathe such as brass carriage clamps/gibs, lead screw handwheel, plinth, and DRO setup. Overall I'm extremely happy with this lathe. Even at full regular price it is still a better and cheaper value than a 7x lathe with extended 16" bed and metal gears. Plus it comes with more accessories than any other 7x lathe. It is also a more powerful machine, better quality, and far superior design compared to any 7x lathe. Grizzly customer service has been top notch. Due to the fact of some problems I give it a 4 star rating but +1 star for grizzly stepping up and fixing those problems. I would definitely buy it again.

Anonymous Reviewer
Great Value with Included Accessories 04/07/2019 12:57:40 PM

The G0768 was very well packaged in wooden crate, with no transport damage. Watching You Tube videos reviewing typical small Chinese built lathes, I expected it to be very dirty and way out of adjustment; to my surprise, after disassembly and inspection, the lathe was very clean and most adjustments were very accurate. I could have used the lathe right out of the box. Some tweaking made the operation even smoother. The included accessories of all metal gears, steady rests, 3&4 jaw 4"chuck, faceplate, and assorted tools is unmatched by competing lathes. The DC brush motor seems to have good power, but does have a fairly loud hum which apparently is associated with control circuitry. The only feature the lathe lacks is a 'gear selector' to change between high & low speed range. This lathe uses a belt and pulley to switch the speed range, but with the variable speed control, its not a huge factor. The cross slide and compound slide both use 4 Gib adjustment screws, whereas, most competitors only have 3 Gib adjustment screws. This provides better adjustment for smoother slide movement. The main carriage also has a locking bolt which can be helpful for facing cuts. Overall, I feel the lathe has good bang for the buck!

Anonymous Reviewer
Spinning 10/19/2018 7:25:30 PM

I have not got to use my lathe yet. Once my garage is set up where I need it, I will start using my awesome lathe.

Morgan A
Good Starter Lathe but Easy to Outgrow 10/07/2018 5:49:06 PM

I've had the lathe for around a year and it's been a good machine to learn on. The fact that it has some short-comings, I think is a good thing as it gives you the opportunity to start developing the mechanical/technical skills needed in machining. If you're shooting to complete work with tolerances of +/-.005" this lathe is good to go out of the box. With a little elbow grease, some mods, and lots of patience you can turn diameters to +/-.0005" with it.

For me, the biggest problem with the lathe is the lack of features, everything else you can improve yourself. The main feature that I didn't know better to get when I first purchased the lathe was a quick change gear box. This lathe is limited to 2 power feed settings, both of which are very coarse (.007 & .004 in/rev); to change these it takes no less then 5 minutes to change out the necessary gears. The first time I did it it probably took me closer to half an hour. My solution to this was a custom powered system (see picture). This allows for super fine feeds which really helps me get a good surface finish. Also, to change from low to high speed range is timely and cumbersome- to the point where I never do it.

Modifications I've made are as follows: external power feed, a CAM lock compound lever for quick angle setting change (was a real pain the way it came), lapped carriage, cross-slide, and compound dovetails (I would recommend scraping if you have the energy to learn), cross-slide lead screw thrust bearing installation for smoother operation, longitudinal cheap DRO, tailstock DRO, and a quick change tool post. The lathe spindle total indicated runout out of the box was around .003" which I wasn't thrilled with because I know many people get theirs with around .001". I was able to change out the spindle bearings to P5 class bearings and get less than .0002" TIR which helped surface finish as well as the ability to work to closer tolerances. The actual spindle its self was .0002" runout which for a machine of this caliber is pretty good. With these modifications I'm pretty happy with the lathe. The main things which are forcing me upgrade are lack of power and lack of a quick change gear box. Using a cutoff tool in steel it is easy to lock the lathe up. Once trick I learned was to use the cutoff tool upside down so the workpiece doesn't grab the cutter.

If I was to do it over again I would have gotten G0752, G060, or even the G04002. That's not saying this isn't a good lathe for someone. If you want something that's relatively easy to move around but is more substantial than the mini lathes go with this. You can easily bring this lathe up or down stairs and at 150lbs it doesn't take a very substantial table. But if weight isn't an issue go with something bigger with more features for a little more money. I think with the little extra money you'll have a nicer machine which will take much longer for you to outgrow. If I had to do it again I wouldn't let size/weight dictate what to get. You can always figure out how to get it to your workshop one way or another- even if this means partial disassembly.

The one quality issue I've had with the lathe is the carriage gib breaking which was immediately replaced my grizzly. I've dealt with customer service for my G0704 mill as well and they have always been very helpful.

Anonymous Reviewer
Great lathe, easy convert into CNC 06/24/2018 9:55:00 PM

I bought this lathe specifically for modification into CNC. UPS freight delivered my lathe on time and without damage. Assembly and connection took about one hour. I bought 2 motors ClearPath SDSK-2311S-RLN (teknic.com) and conversion kit from Billy Dirk (bdtoolsusa.com). Breakout board C11G purchased from Arturo Duncan (cnc4pc.com).
Also I bought Quick Change Tool Post Set T10167 (some modification required) from Grizzly and installed it. After all modifications the machine works really great with Mach3 software and I'm so happy with it!
I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to work with a good lathe, as well as those who plan to convert the lathe into a CNC machine. In my opinion this is the best small size lathe on the market for reasonable price!

Anonymous Reviewer
Great lathe, easy convert into CNC 06/24/2018 9:44:38 PM

I bought this lathe specifically for modification into CNC. UPS freight delivered my lathe on time and without damage. Assembly and connection took about one hour. I bought 2 motors ClearPath SDSK-2311S-RLN (teknic.com) and conversion kit from Billy Dirk (bdtoolsusa.com). Breakout board C11G purchased from Arturo Duncan (cnc4pc.com).
After modification the machine works really great with Mach3 software and I'm so happy with it!
I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to work with a good lathe, as well as those who plan to convert the lathe into a CNC machine. In my opinion this is the best small size lathe on the market for reasonable price!

Anonymous Reviewer
Get a 9" lathe for same money. 05/12/2018 2:42:27 PM

I'm not happy with lack of power at 600rpm (or lower). Changing compound angle
is a real pain. My 7 X 12 Grizzly had more power.

roy P
Very happy with my purchase 05/12/2018 2:05:20 AM

No feedback given

Buddy M
My first lathe 05/09/2018 5:11:54 PM

Great benchtop lathe. I have found that the machine is not very rigid, even after adjusting all of the gibs.

Anonymous Reviewer
04/24/2018 6:34:07 AM

I had a some issues with GO768 lathe there were little damage on outside and gears was very loose. I return this one and upgraded to G4002 and I am very happy with upgrade.
G4002 has much more power, but it need 240 volt to run it. Swing over the bed in close proximity of spindle is 13.25" without taking spacer out that will be all I need.
Machine weight around 900 pounds, that makes it steady even with objects which are out of round shape. Again very happy with purchase, it is real production lathe machine.

CHRISTOPHER K
Good base machine, but be prepared to do some work to get quality results 01/30/2018 3:42:00 PM

I agree with other reviews, this units is a good middle ground above the mini-lathes available elsewhere and a TRUE industrial lathe. I am now at the 10 month mark in ownership of this lathe and these are my observations:

-Be prepared to take the lathe apart on day one. The ways are not deburred on the edges and the "oil" they use is terrible. The gibs are not adjusted at all. Just be prepared to completely take apart the carriage, debur, clean, oil, and adjust everything. DO NOT just start running material.
-To be a 3/4 HP machine it feels quite underpowered. I suspect its the low quality DC motor drive, more on that below.
-10 months after purchase my DC motor drive failed. Looking at it you can tell it is extremely poorly made. Solder connections are poor, components are undersized, etc. Mine was replaced under warranty. If the warranty replacement fails I will replace it with a 3rd party motor driver which will allow use of the full 3/4 HP of this machine.
-Tool post is a joke, a machine of this price should include a basic QCTP. Buy one cheaply somewhere, dont bother struggling with shims on this one.
-Chucks are a little notchy, make sure you keep them clean and lubricated

With all those points, I still think its decent value for the money. If this fits your need it could be a good machine for you if you are willing to put a little effort in. If you are completely new to mechanical machinery and dont have the skills to tinker with something or if you are a machine shop where labor is 20x minimum wage I would look elsewhere. I do think this machine will last my lifetime with my level of use, but I will certainly have to perform some repairs more than maintenance over its life.

Anonymous Reviewer
Great product 09/14/2017 3:16:59 PM

Bought a month ago used it for what I needed machine works great. Can't wait to use for other projects.

coleman G
08/13/2017 5:51:47 PM

I am happy with my milling machine but my chuck on my lathe is not working well. Both the 3 and 4 jaw chuck hangs up. Other than that I'm happy with both machines. Is there any way I can get a replacement?

Jerald W
Motor lacks power 07/17/2017 3:59:58 PM

Nice lathe with potential but the biggest draw-back is the motor. It last the power this lathe should have. There are of course work-a-rounds to fix this problem but it would void the warranty.
Upgrade the motor and you have a nice little lathe.

Anonymous Reviewer
07/02/2017 3:30:32 PM

I've had the lathe a few weeks, I really love it, but the power feed is starting to vibrate in 1 direction(it was running really smooth). I hope it's not too bad of a problem. Other than that, I really love it. The only complaint I have(and I already mentioned this in another review) was I had to order this lathe and a mill separate(next day), so I asked Grizzly to hold the mill till the lathe was shipped, but they shipped it anyways. Luckily UPS saved the day and arranged for them to be delivered together, or it would of cost me double to hire movers to get the machines into my basement.

Anonymous Reviewer
Happy 07/01/2017 3:01:54 PM

So far, I am very happy with it - Decent product for the price - Grizzly service excellent.

Anonymous Reviewer
Just what I was looking for 06/06/2017 1:36:12 PM

I bought this little lathe last month and I couldn't be happier. I plan on making additional purchases in the future also.

Cb
Great but.... 06/04/2017 5:48:58 PM

After receiving my lathe I got to work right away, the only issue I am having is the carriage has a lot of play

james M
great product 06/03/2017 3:28:10 AM

excellent but buy the mill lathe combo save the hassle of finding mill later

Thomas R
06/02/2017 12:37:40 AM

Well the machine was fine. I sold it and ordered the South Bend. I needed a larger unit. Now I'm happy. Mr. REILLY

Anonymous Reviewer
06/01/2017 11:39:34 PM

I have always wanted a metal lathe and I am happy with this Grizzly 8x16 lathe and had fun making parts.

Anonymous Reviewer
Fantastic little Lathe 06/01/2017 9:57:02 PM

This lathe is a good footprint larger and heavier build then the very common 7" X 16" lathe. I am glad I bought this Model and after a little fine tuning this lathe I can do and have done some really precise work with this wonderful well build lathe. The price was not breaking the bank. I do enjoy the DC motor with torque and the speed control with the digital readout. Nice to have when parting, knurling und work with different material like plastic's, brass or aluminum. I think I am well served with this product. When someone like me with not to much shop space is looking for a better than the average lathe, take this lathe seriously in consideration.

Anonymous Reviewer
G0768 is awesome for the home machine shop! 06/01/2017 9:38:24 PM

Love it... I do strongly recommend the quick change tool holder kit. love the adjustability of the machine.

George B
06/01/2017 8:49:11 PM

good machine, bad description it did not fully list the threads it could and couldn't cut.

michael B
Good size for my space, and something to learn on 05/20/2017 10:39:29 PM

I pulled the trigger when it went on sale for $950 plus shipping.
Shipping crate showed damage, but not in area that might affect the product.
Unpacked, cleaned off the wax/grease shipping protective material, and de-burred gib edges and lapped the machined surfaces with wet/dry paper on a sheet of glass.
First project was to mount an AXA QCTP onto the compound without altering the boss or the M10x1.5 stud.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etp0ezJN0iM

Certainly would like to own a larger heavier unit, but the G0768 fits my work space, and my level of expertise at the present time.
uTube videos are very helpful in starting out.

Joseph
05/12/2017 12:43:46 AM

There are a few non-obvious things about this lathe. You can move one of the belts to change the spindle speed between high and low ranges- I was thinking that this would be better than the plastic gear used on mini-lathes (which tends to break). However this belt change is not easy. You need to remove the side panel to access the belt and adjust a set-screw, OK. But very annoyingly, you must also remove the back panel with the circuit board on it to loosen a nut which holds a belt pulley in place. This is not an easy or quick operation. I was thinking that the low belt position would be good to increase torque at low spindle speeds, but there is a label which says that you should not run the motor at high speed for long and suggests to leave the belt in the high speed position.

Others have pointed out the weak design of the compound rest locking screws, but there is more: notice that the compound hand-wheel has two handles, preventing quick single-handed rotation. This is because the compound leadscrew has no proper bearings (just a hole in thin metal) and the mating threads are right in the steel of the sliding part of the compound. There is enough play that the handwheel binds if you try to rotate it single handed. The cross slide design is better (there is a long hole to keep the leadscrew straight, and brass threads set up to be deformed slightly from a set-screw for backlash compensation). I think the smaller mini-lathes also now have a better design- notice that many of them have a chrome hand-crank for the compound.

Like most mini-lathes, the cross slide and compound wheels are marked as 40 mils per rotation, but it uses metric lead-screws, so this it's really 39.37 mils per rotation. I don't think this is a big deal, but think it would be better to mark the wheel in .025 mm increments to match the screw.

The main carriage wheel moves the carriage one inch per rotation (I mention this because it's not documented).

A minor point is that it is all too easy to crash the carriage into some sheet-metal covering the motor. The issue is that during work you are focused on the tool post, chuck and front of the lathe, so it is not so obvious that this interference exists in the back. You should put some tape on the bed to mark this position in the front.

When you buy a chuck for the tailstock, get a normal MT#2 arbor, not a short one made for mini-lathes. The arbor needs to be long enough to be ejected by the tailstock wheel.

I bought this lathe because it's a step up from the mini-lathe, and Grizzly makes it a good value with the included four-jaw chuck, face plate and rests. It's nice that this lathe can easily make reverse threads with the reversing gear-box on the front. This lathe seems to be a version of the VM210V lathe, which now has a version with brushless motor (eliminating the high/low belt speeds) but also sadly without the reverse thread gear-box. I want the brushless motor and the gearbox :-)

Another good point is that the brushed motor of the G0768 is very quiet (from what I can tell it's quieter than the SC4 brushless).

David A
great product 01/25/2017 10:46:06 PM

Recently purchased because of the size. I'm a retired tool and die maker that wanted a "hobby" lathe. I'm very surprised at the feed cuts I'm able to take. I was concerned with it being only a 3/4 hp motor. It takes them with ease (steel and hard steel). You can lock the carrage for face cuts by putting the carrage direction in netural and engageing the carrage feed lever(to lock the half nuts). The dial measurements are very accurate (checked with dial indicator). I came well packed by ups freight. Make sure you do the bearing run-in (see owners manual-set up instructions) to save your self headaches in the future. This is a VERY WELL made machine, I'm VERY IMPRESSED with it. HIGHLY RECOMENDED !!!!!

strangequark87
Wonderful 11/07/2016 5:25:50 PM

I purchased this machine originally back in May, but it arrived damaged so I refused delivery and Grizzly sent me another one. Since then, I have experimented with the machine and found that it has tight tolerances, which is a great thing. The end gears NOT being nylon was an awesome upgrade. I recently installed a QCTP because I got really tired at having to shim up the cutters - something which should come included. Also, the cross slide/boss problem is an issue, but not insurmountable. I am overall pleased with the presentation and usefulness of the tool and have (since June) put it to use on several house projects (we own a completely custom home so nothing is standard) that without it, I would be at a loss. I think that lathes are, in general, the grandfather of all machine tools and for any DIYer, essential.

The variable speed capability is a huge deal for me, and one that really pushed this model over the top. Overall, I am pleased with the machine.

Rudy
T-slot should be standard on the compound slide for quick tool post. 03/26/2016 1:14:17 AM

Nice little hobby machine, but for thousand bucks, a T-slot should be STANDARD on the compound slide for quick tool post. Please re-design.