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#1 posted 01-23-2017 11:51 AM

Back in 2008 could buy a Jet 120VS for around $550 without a chuck. Don’t know the age or condition of the lathe or brand of chuck you are asking about. Check this price list for parts. You can buy aftermarket belts & bearing lot cheaper from other vendors but some part have to purchase at site listed.


I would want to get that lathe for less than $450 even if condition is good.’s refund, return policy pretty clear but would check before buying that Comet II.

I am not a big fan of other Nova lathes mostly due to cost. The basic lathes okay but cost of options trouble me. Comet II seems little better if stay away from optional grinder that fits the headstock. They had a whole bunch of other options that never made it to market basically Swiss Army knife of wood lathes.

The first Comet & Delta mini lathes were total pieces of junk and discontinued because could not compete with Jet’s 1014. Think John Lucas still has his original Comet mini that he loves other turners not so much.

If you had the money would recommend you buy the a Jet 1221 VS midi lathe.

-- Bill

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