A dedicated lathe?

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Blog entry by BigDumbAnimal posted 05-05-2014 01:52 AM 1631 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been turning on an old Shopsmith for the last 3 years, but just sold prior to moving so that I can move on to a dedicated lathe when I set up my next shop. I think I have narrowed the new lathe down to the following:

Delta 46-460 – at the top of my list but have read horror stories about broken part upon arrival and horrible/non-existent customer service.

Nova 46300 Comet II Variable Speed – looks like it does everything I could want but I can’t find out much from anyone who actually owns one.

Jet JWL-1015VS – Haven’t heard anything bad about it, but I would like to have 12” of swing and can’t afford the 12” model

Up to this point I’ve turned mostly pens and bottle stoppers but have had a lot of fun lately turning small bowels and want the ability to develop my skills and move onto bigger projects. I’ve read the reviews on all three but can never tell if the writers know what they are talking about. I was hoping you could share any red flags that you may know about any of these or if any stand out way ahead of the pack. Thank you in advance for any help on this matter.

-- Semper Fi BDA

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 05:22 AM

One of the guys here broke a part on his Delta lathe and Delta replaced it for free, fairly quickly I believe. I think most of the troubles with customer service were related to the sell and changeover.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 12:51 PM

nova is what i would chose,thats my pref.good luck in choseing have a good day

-- Punk in PA

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 01:11 PM

I carried a Mark V around with me for 15 or so years while in the Army! I have had a “real” shop now for a number of years but there are still things I really miss about that thing! LOL! Horizontal boring is at the top of the list!

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 05:51 PM

I’m a Marine myself and have moved the shopsmith a couple of times. We’ve had two kids since the last move though and with all the accessories that come with having kids we’re approaching the allowed weight limit for household goods. I sold it to another Marine who’s just getting into woodworking so at least I know it’s in good hands.

-- Semper Fi BDA

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