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Posted on Help me stop Overthinking my Lathe Decision

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#1 posted 10-24-2018 09:59 PM

I was in your boat not too long ago, Dustin. I was in the same price range, and although I considered the Nova, I was more interested in the Laguna and the Jet 1640. I don’t know which is the best lathe of these three lathes in this price range (they may all be excellent); but, I ended up with the Jet, and I think it is an excellent lathe. I am impressed with the fit and finish, smoothness, and pretty much everything about it. I actually cannot think of any negatives.

I also have a Jet 1221vs that I kept and I occasionally use it for smaller work. However, I just can’t stop wanting to use the 1640, and I have used it almost everyday for the last 4 months or so that I have owned it.

Bottom line is that whatever choice you make, I hope you will be as pleased as I am. What works for me may not be what works for you. For example, I have no intention or desire to turn anything bigger than the stated swing capacity of the Jet; but, if you desire larger swing capacity, then the Laguna may be the better choice for you. Good luck in your decision making process.

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