Anyone have experience with Grizzly 12 x 36 lathes
This kinda goes along with my previous topic. Just curious if any one has experience with Grizzly's G4003 12 x 36 gear head bench lathe? Also, does anyone know of other web sites that might discuss this particular lathe? What are it's shortcomings? What are it's strengths? Has anyone overhauled/modified this lathe to smooth up it's operation. The price is tempting, as it has quite a few accessories included.
I am in the same boat as you. I was looking at the G4016 13.5 x 40 lathe though. I have been going back and forth on getting the new import or the used American. I here good things and bad things about both the imports and the old American lathes; gets very confusing. I don't know enough how to tell if a lathe is worn out. The imports are said to need adjustments as soon as you get them and I don't know enough to make the adjustments if I got one. I like the fact that you get several accessories with the new imports. The used American lathes I have seen you don't. I wish I could just take the Clausing lathe and Bridgeport mill home that is here at work.
Sorry I am not any help.
Re the 12X36" Grizzly. I have had the same lathe for 3 years now and I think it is A1!
What I like is all the assesories you get. It has all the features anyone with a home workshop needs in a lathe. It is extreemly solid, very acurate, powerful etc. I could go on for days because I treasure my machine that much. I have done some real tricky jobs. Only thing It can't do is cut a 11 1/2 pitch thread but I get around that by going to 2.2MM which is within a couple of thou.
I looked at the Grizzly and it has even more assesories than I got and at a better price!
These lathes are from Tiwan and are much better than Chinnese. Anyway, thats been my experience.
It's me again! Just want to add one more thing re adjustments. The only thing I have had to do for adjustments is to reset the jibs after a few weeks and adjust the crossfeed nut to reduce backlash. This is very easy to do. This is something I have always had to do with any lathe at one time or another. I think all new lathes have to be worked in except the Le Blond which was the finest machine I ever ran but I am talking 35 years ago. My advice is to buy the Grizzly. At 2200 bucks (with stand which is a must) it is a good deal. Would like to know what you end up with.
If you can go to their showroom and scope out the machine itself you should to make sure it is what you want.
I would look for a used quality machine in good condition - you get better workmanship, higher quality, and someone else has taken the hit for depreciation. I have seen old Russian lathes that are better than most of the new (low priced) imports for $600 US.
Good luck in the hunt!
Yes I have one of the older Grizzley 12x36
gearhead lathes, I have used it for five years. When I bought it I figured it would
need some work, and it did, the head is adjustable, so I aligned it with the bed, no problem at all. I have done many little improvements to it. If your interested e-mail me and I will let you know the things
a couple of things I will mention is the
motor is mounted to a plate at the rear of the headstock, if you have problems with helical chatter like a barberpole around the
workpiece, change the belt to either a linkbelt or just buy a good American belt
another thing is if you have choice of motors
get the American motor, Grizzly rewinds it's
motors in shop, why? duh!
The lathe comes equipped with a 6" chuck
see if you can talk them into an 8" thats
what my lathe came with I like it far better
than the dinky 6" that comes with the lathe now.
They sell a dandy milling attachment, and
a fine taper attachment, consider these options.
If I were buying the lathe I would forget the cabinet that comes with it, if that cabinet is still the same as the one I got
I could surely fab one that is better, I would take the money that the cabinet costs
extra and apply it to the taper attachment.
The tool post that came with my lathe is
a 4 way, now I think they use an aloris knock
off that functions fine, but my friend had a dickens of a time getting additional toolholders that actually fit his. He made his own, no problem.
I in no way consider this machine a bad machine, but for the money these machines go for you can't expect everything adjusted and perfect. But they are solid, heavy machines
that can really put out a lot of work, and in a short time.
your new friend Jack