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#1 posted 01-23-2019 04:34 PM

I went through the new lathe deliberation over the past 2 years, resulting in purchasing the Nova Galaxi a couple of months ago. I looked into the Saturn but hadn’t noticed it being a Woodcraft only model until you mentioned it – appears that in the US they are the only source. Can’t speak personally to the durability of the blister switches, I haven’t had the lathe long enough. I can say I read through a lot of reviews on Nova lathes with the blister switches and don’t remember any mention of reliability issues. Can’t comment on Woodcraft Nova sales, I don’t pay close enough attention to Woodcraft.

As for the Galaxi, I’m satisfied I made the right choice for me. The concerns I’ve read here and elsewhere about pivoting head designs being inherently weak and unstable are unfounded. My previous HF large lathe #34706 was stable with it, turning up to 15” unbalanced bowl blanks, and the Galaxi most certainly is.

Maintainability – most other lathes have user serviceable parts like pulleys and belts, the DVR design doesn’t have the parts so there’s no service. Motor replacement – other lathes are most likely cheaper and easier. Spindle bearings – toss up, replaceable with both designs. Electronic controls – not much serviceability either way, though the more typical VFD’s on other lathes can probably be sourced from other than the lathe mfr, though I don’t really know. Many of these do have some proprietary features that may require sourcing from the lathe mfr.

Possibly my only “complaint” at this point does have to do with the blister switches – it appears Nova chose to implement a bit of a time delay or minimum “make” time with these switches, except for the OFF switch, it works immediately. However, the other switches require just a bit of dwell time when pushed, maybe 1/2 second or so. I find if I quickly push the other buttons, nothing happens. If I dwell for just a bit, all works ok. Over time I will become accustomed to it. So far everything else has been good. I will be doing a full review but it will be another 2-3 months, I want more time to use it more.

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