All About The Woodfast MC908 Wood Lathe
I located the Creek many months ago, and have learned so much. I have been using my Dad’s 60+ year old benchtop Craftsman lathe having a ball, but its time to get my own now. I found a Woodfast Lathe Mc908 thats 13 years old, has a 16″ swing, and is about 40″ long. It has a closed cabinet beneath it and weighs over 400 pounds. It is NOT variable speed, it has 4 speed pulleys. The person is asking $700, and that seems like a lot of money for a 13 year old lathe, but I am sure about prices when they were new, so I am trying to factor that in to the price. It is a 1 1/2 h.p. motor. I would really like to turn some bowls. Please help me . Is this a fair deal? I can’t seem to find anything on the internet or ebay for a extension, and even here on the Creek I can’t really find any info. Any advice would really be appreciated .
My opinion is that it is probably a pretty fair price not a steal but not real high. Maybe you are more fascinated in bowls that spindles I would probably consider Nova’s 1624 as well or the Jet 708359. Its of a similar price wander.
I have a Woodfast VS that I bought used and they made a good lathe. If you decide to get it you should be happy.
I have a very well cared for Woodfast MC908 lathe for sale. I got it from Craft Supplies USA in 1990. The other week I was presented with the chance to get a great deal on a larger Vicmarc, otherwise this would be a always lathe. Swing is 16″, handles at least 36″ between centers, is 1-1/2hp with a Leeson DC motor and Leeson variable speed control. I have it wired 220v . I have the first Woodfast center steady, 6 and 12 inch toolrests, and 3 additional tool rests for bowl work. Lathe weighs somewhere around 500 lbs. It has performed flawlessly since I bought it, and if I had room, I’d keep it. Woodfast lathes were made in Australia . They went burst I believe. At any rate, Rikon bought the name and makes a Woodfast series presently. Very nice lathe. I am located in Visalia, Californi
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