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    Im looking at buying a midi wood lathe and Carbatec have one for sale for $450 that looks identical to one on ebay that is selling for $340 made by Vevor. The only difference i can see is the lowest speed on Carbatec is 300rpm and the vevor is 500.
    Ive read a lot of things that say they all come from the same factory and the quality control is the only difference. Obviously I'll get better support and service if i buy from Carbatec, but for a tool at the lowest end of the market is that service worth the extra 100 bucks?
    Does anyone know who makes Carbatec lathes?

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    They do appear almost identical, but must say also toylike.
    Hare & Forbes machines are imported mainly from Taiwan, and their smallest at $690 looks a bit more the part.
    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W385.

    If I was in the market for a wood lathe I would try second hand. There must be thousands gathering dust in people's sheds including mine, (one that I never finished building. )
    https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-power-tools/wood+lathe/k0c20093

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    I would go for the one that Marc posted the link from Hare & Forbes as it has Electronic Variable Spindle Speed.
    I have two mini lathes one EVS and one with out, the one with out only gets used for wet sanding.

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    They don't come from the one factory, that is an urban myth, copyright is weak in China. However there is a good chance the one set of plans is responsible for the output of a number of factories. Also quality control may mean first quality goes to one importer while one chasing price may get a crapier version. You can't assume on this topic, China is a big country with a lot of factories with different managers and workforces, applying a rumour to something that large is a waste of time, better to try getting reviews on the quality of the product sold by the various importers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    They do appear almost identical, but must say also toylike.
    Hare & Forbes machines are imported mainly from Taiwan, and their smallest at $690 looks a bit more the part.
    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W385.
    Its down to $599 at this moment

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    The problem i have is budget. 600 bucks is probably my total budget, including any tools and accessories im gonna need.
    I want to try making rings, with a view to one day becoming semi retired, with a small income from woodworking, so i cant afford, and probably dont need, a quality machine just yet.
    As far as second hand goes, prices for quality secondhand lathes are higher than a new lower quality one, and they dont have a warranty, so im not too keen on that idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBAG View Post
    The problem i have is budget. 600 bucks is probably my total budget, including any tools and accessories im gonna need.
    I want to try making rings, with a view to one day becoming semi retired, with a small income from woodworking, so i cant afford, and probably dont need, a quality machine just yet.
    As far as second hand goes, prices for quality secondhand lathes are higher than a new lower quality one, and they dont have a warranty, so im not too keen on that idea.

    If you don't need it in a hurry, keep an eye on Timbecon, they have Sherwood lathes, made in Taiwan, all Sherwood products come with 5 year warranty.

    Sign up to the Sale newsletter so you get notified straight away, as any machinery on sale always sells fast..

    https://www.timbecon.com.au/sherwood...00-x-450mm-evs
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    A bit over you budget but Vicmarcs are Aussie made and they hold their value.

    https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-vicmarc+wood+lathe/k0

    If I didnt have two 100's in the shed I would be after this one.

    https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/gold...ols/1284989139

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