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Posted on Help me stop Overthinking my Lathe Decision

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#1 posted 01-24-2019 04:27 AM

My Jet 16X42evs is 57” long. And Like the Laguna, and the Galaxy, the head slides the length of the bed. I always keep mine a little more centered on the bed. The 16X40 is a few inches shorter at 53”
I have never used the nova lathe, but I have heard criticism about the speed control taking a moment to speed up and slow down. All my lathe experience is with the the style the Jet and Laguna use. simple knob to turn it up or down. Quick and easy to turn the speed up or down. Often to turn it up and get past a wobble, or back down if a little to fast.
What do you Nova owners think of the speed control on your lathes?
I was just reading about nova lathes, and I see that the Galaxy has the speed control knob, and the drive unit not only slides but pivots as well. That looks like a cool option. My older Jet does not have the pivot option, where the newer 16X40 does.

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