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Wildwood

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#1 posted 11-05-2018 08:45 PM

Sage advice is buy more than think you will need.

A good compromise would be a midi lathe versus mini or full size lathe because can add a bed extension for more distance between centers. When shopping don’t forget to price bed extensions too. All of these electronic speed control will require minor belt change.

Names like Delta, Jet, Nova Comet, Rikon, there are more Midi lathe than that on the market but these probably most popular and have many user reviews.

https://deltamachinery.com/products/lathes/46-460

http://www.jettools.com/us/en/p/jwl-1221vs-12-x-21-variable-speed-wood-lathe/719200

https://www.teknatool.com/product/nova-comet-ii-midi-lathe/

https://www.rikontools.com/product/70-220vsr

Laguna REVO a 12 by 16 midi is coming to market soon.

If need a full size lathe this one already mentioned not a bad starter lathe on a budget. Does not have EVS but reeves drive lever to change speeds.

https://www.harborfreight.com/12-inch-x-33-3-8-eighth-inch-wood-lathe-with-reversible-head-34706.html

The lathe not the only expense need safety gear, sharpening system, and tools too!

-- Bill


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