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Grizzly G0765 7″ X 14″ Variable-Speed Benchtop Lathe vs Harbor Freight 7″ x 10″ Precision Mini Lathe

Posted By on March 10, 2015


A brief comparison of the Grizzly product versus Harbor Freight's offering.

Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe with Digital Readout
Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe with Digital Readout
Sale Price: $665.00
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Grizzly G8688 Mini Metal Lathe, 7 x 12-Inch
Grizzly G8688 Mini Metal Lathe, 7 x 12-Inch
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Grizzly H8049 6-Inch 4-Jaw Wood Chuck, 1-Inch by 8 TPI
Grizzly H8049 6-Inch 4-Jaw Wood Chuck, 1-Inch by 8 TPI
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Grizzly H3405 Spur Center, 4 Spurs, MT1
Grizzly H3405 Spur Center, 4 Spurs, MT1
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Grizzly G9776 Carbide-Tipped Tool Bit Sets, 3/8-Inch, 20-Piece
Grizzly G9776 Carbide-Tipped Tool Bit Sets, 3/8-Inch, 20-Piece
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Grizzly H2970 Cut Off Holder with Blade, 3-1/2-Inch
Grizzly H2970 Cut Off Holder with Blade, 3-1/2-Inch
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Grizzly H6267 4 Jaw Wood Chuck, 1-1/4-Inch x 8-Inch
Grizzly H6267 4 Jaw Wood Chuck, 1-1/4-Inch x 8-Inch
Sale Price: $134.95
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Grizzly H3412 Cast Iron Faceplate, 4-Inch by 3/4-Inch by 16 TPI
Grizzly H3412 Cast Iron Faceplate, 4-Inch by 3/4-Inch by 16 TPI
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7 Responses to “Grizzly G0765 7″ X 14″ Variable-Speed Benchtop Lathe vs Harbor Freight 7″ x 10″ Precision Mini Lathe”

  1. Franco says:

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, I did perform the break-in procedure as
    described in the manual before I shot the video. Hopefully, it will quiet
    down in time. However, I do believe the noise is coming from the motor
    bearings, not the spindle. Also, I think some of what I can only describe
    as a harmonic at higher RPM’s may actually be a result of the electronics,
    and not the spindle.

    I agree with your point – in spite of all these issues, the G0765 is still
    best of breed in the world of 7 x mini lathes. I guess I just expect
    Grizzly products to have a higher quality standard than the competition. I
    was shocked that HF actually did better job with a few details on their
    version of the mini lathe.

    I’m still happy I brought the Grizzly home. 

  2. Domenic Abitino says:

    Thank you. I am in the process of buying one and doing some research. I am
    green when it comes to lathes so I am asking around for some opinions.

  3. Worldwide Darts says:

    Great video. I’m in the market for a benchtop lathe so I can get into dart
    making and dart modification. I’ll be working with 80-90% tungsten. I think
    either of these would be a perfect investment. 

  4. Domenic Abitino says:

    I would have liked to hear a bit more on the technical aspect of the two
    machines, such as the wattage of both machines as well as HP and torque.
    Also how are the parts availability?I know Grizzly is very easy to get
    parts for its units, How are the parts availability for the HF?

  5. jlg4880 says:

    Out of curiosity, have you performed the recommended spindle break-in
    procedure as detailed in the Grizzly G0765 manual [pg 23]? Also, the
    headstock gearing might need some time to break in from use before they
    quiet down, as well as good dose of lubricant.

    I’m surprised you were able to transplant the ball cranks from the Harbor
    Freight to the Grizzly. I tried replacing mine with parts from Little
    Machine Shop and it seems the hardware is specific to the G0765. I also
    noticed the castings were a bit rough, i.e., pits, blowholes, coarse
    machining, etc., along with some of the hardware was defective and some
    holes didn’t seem to be drilled properly.

    I do think the G0765 is worth every penny, though, just for the tail
    stock. Tail stock alignment with the G0765 has been a snap compared to the
    wretched, miserable exercise of tedious frustration of the 7 X 12’s tail
    stock.

  6. Bob Harley says:

    How far can you insert a piece of stock that is 1/4″ in dia. into the
    chuck?

  7. Gunluvver2 says:

    Can the tail stock on the Grizzly and HF be interchanged?

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