In what will probably be my last machinery purchases for a while I have ordered a bandsaw and a lathe.
These purchases will complete my “minimal” (I know I could have none – I choose not to :)) machinery of:
Backed up by the following ancillary “machines” (not sure they warrant that title):
As before they will take delivery, check and assemble it, however this time instead of me collecting it they’ll do the onward delivery and assist with the installation.
I already bought a mobile base from Rutlands last time they had a 12% sale so I just need to clear space in the “alcove” between the two sets of wall cupboards.
The W730 has a 1.1kW motor, a cast iron table, a 14″ throat and a 9″ depth of cut, all for about £450 (although apparently the price is going up soon).
I think I’d struggle to get more bandsaw for my money and of the available options I think it’s the best for me.
We’ve not arranged a mutually convenient delivery date yet, but I hope it’ll be in the next couple of weeks.
Update 04/09/2012: Homewood called this afternoon and we’ve arranged delivery on Friday. I can’t wait!
I think a relatively small bench lathe with the option of extending the bed will give me the most flexibility in my small single garage workshop.
I like the idea of a flip top bench where the lathe hangs underneath when not in use, but I’m not sure whether I’ll end up doing this.
I wasn’t planning to buy one for a while, but Axminster reduced the price of the Jet 1220VS, which is the model I’d decided I’d save up for (usually £545.95), together with a starter chuck set (usually £129.95) all for £559.97.
Given the compelling discount I thought I’d eat into existing savings to get it now rather than waiting until I’d saved up and having to spend £100 more.
While I was at it I also ordered the bed extension (I always tend to order any accessories I think I might need up front after having been burnt by stock/discontinuation issues when I actually needed things in the past).
The bed extension is actually all that’s arrived so far. When I ordered I think the lathe was in stock and the chuck wasn’t, then this situation reversed and now I think both are out of stock for another 2 weeks.
I’m not bothered – I only ordered now to “lock in the dicsount” and I’ll wait until I’ve had some training and done a bit more research before buying any turning tools (although these look quite cool!)
Update 19/09/2012: I’ve just received a dispatch notification for the lathe!