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OSU55

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#1 posted 01-24-2019 01:49 PM

The Galaxi has a 1 piece bed, the Saturn is a different bed casting. FYI there is a 20” extension that will fit either lathe.

The new DVR control panel/speed control on the Galaxi/Saturn is a huge improvement over the old. The programmable speed presets are great and the dual function dial is great – slow or fast speed change by either rotating the dial or push it in and rotate. The dwell time of the panel buttons is a bit of a pain but something one gets used to with time.

The pivoting headstock was the primary reason I bought the lathe – it is so much more functional than removing the tailstock and sliding the headstock down everytime to hollow a bowl. The addition of the sliding headstock on the Galaxi/Saturn vs other Novas is big too – I have the outrigger, and with taller forms I can slide the headstock some to provide room, allowing more capability vs the fixed position design. The only other lathe with the pivot design that I considered was the Jet 1840-evs. At ~$1000 more I went with the Nova.

Also, Ive read here and other places concerns with the stability/strength of the pivoting head design (any not just Nova). These are unfounded – my previous HF lathe was fine (up to15” unbalanced blanks) and the Nova is much more substantial.


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