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- Jun 29, 2018
Ok ...I am sure this has been covered here but my searching did not find a thread. The question is ...what are the recommendations here for some beginners tool sets and a couple of necessary accessories. Little Machine Shop? Harbor Freight? Grizzly etc. ?? This question is pertaining to getting a beginning tool set for turning, parting and boring ...and then a live center, dead center and morse taper chuck. I have purchased an Atlas 9 inch lathe that is in very good condition but with no tooling or centers. It has both a lamp post tool post as well as a DIY compound toolpost holder that seems well made. So now I need to get started with some kind of tooling etc. and don't want to overpay but also do not want to buy something that is just junk. I have look at all the options and read reviews and have mixed feelings on all that I see except for the really expensive products that I am hesitant to buy unless I could buy second hand at a good price. Are the cheaper offerings really that bad and not serviceable? Is the mid priced items that much better? Being a hobbyist at best right now, I have made purchases of Harbor Freight etc. before that for my purposes work because they do not get used often but of course I see their shortcomings if they were to be used a lot. But I am totally new to metal lathe work so this may not be the case here. Specifically, is the Little Machine Shop worth the premium you pay over something like Harbor Freight? Or is it the similar but gets a premium because LMS is focused on metal working? Any input would be appreciated.