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Posted on Help me stop Overthinking my Lathe Decision

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#1 posted 01-26-2019 03:57 PM

Dustin, I don’t know if you have got a lathe yet, but I had a 46-460 to begin with and U couldn’t have had a better “starter”. I have about zero experience with Nova’s, but was the first kid on the block/city to have a 18/36. I have have it about three years now and couldn’t be happier. Now there was a lady turner that had a review that she hated it, but that is the only review I have ever seen that the owner did’t like it.

Something that before I bought it was not obvious was it’s size and weight. She just sits there as you turn off balance or heavy blanks. It is very solid!!! The weight and balance is one of the most important things of a big lathe that no one mentions. I don’t think the Nova is nearly as big. I am sure feature for feature they would be very similar.
Because of that, though, you will want help putting her together.
Just my .02…..

-- Mike

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