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#1 posted 01-23-2019 08:49 PM



mramseyISU, thanks for the info. That s about what I expected. I wish these manufacturers would offer their lathe components ala cart, i.e. order the head and tale stocks you want, the legs or no legs you want and the beds in 1, 2 and 3 foot sections. That way you could build yourself your “perfect” lathe. As it is, the Nova is 43.5” wide with no overhang on the motor because it is integral to the head stock. It will fit perfectly where my midi sits now. I would have to do major dust collection relocation and move other tools around to accommodate anything larger. even if I slide the Laguna towards the middle to eliminate the overhang, I still lack about 8”. Had the same problem with the Jet 1640 and the Grizzly. I even thought about taking the bed to a machine shop and cutting off the bed but then there s no way to reattach the legs. Again, thanks for the information.

- Norton46

If it makes a difference with you the Laguna headstock slides the whole length of the bed so you can slide it over to where the motor doesn’t overhang at all. While I haven’t done it yet I will need to do that when I run wide stock through my bandsaw.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.


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