Jet 1440VS vrs Nova 1624 (w extension) ??

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Forum topic by Abter posted 03-29-2018 02:37 PM 758 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2018 02:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe community workshop reeves jet nova

We are planning (hoping?) to upgrade the full size lathe in our community woodshop. I’d like any thoughts or info folks here could offer.

Our short list of candidates now are these two. We would buy the 20” extension for the Nova to make them more comparable. Either would be mounted on a bench, so legs are not an issue (don’t buy them for the Jet, and throw away the light weight ones that come with the Nova). The prices of the two are in the same ballpark, which is also our budget range.

Sorting through all the features and bells and whistles, we are focusing on one big issue, and 3 second tier “it is what it is” issues
Big # 1) The Jet’s Reeves drive w speed range 400 to 3000 vrs Nova’s 8 speed via belt system, range 214-3600 RPM. Is the Jet’s Reeves drive a workable alternative for a lathe with multiple users? Is the maintenance to keep a Reeves up and going be a showstopper??

second tier issue #1) Jet has a 1.0 HP motor, Nova has 1.5 HP. Big deal???
second tier issue #2) is using a 20” extension bed a serious compromise vrs a 40” single bed?
second tier issue #3) Nova is reversible, Jet is not. Having reverse is obviously better than not, but how relevant?

Finally; any other candidates we are missing in the price range (roughly $1k to $1.3k). Must haves are 14+ swing over bed, ~40” or more length.

-- "Many men fish all their lives without ever realizing that it is not the fish they are after." {often mis-quoted as by H.D. Thoreau}

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#1 posted 03-29-2018 03:40 PM

Go for the Nova. The Reeves drive, IMHO, is a show-stopper … especially for a lathe that will have multiple users.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 03-29-2018 03:55 PM

I’ve had my Nova 1624 for 10+ years so I am probably a little biased.
I do think the lower speed on the Nova will be a +; 50% (at least) of bowls I start at the 214 and then move up to the 380? when it is more balanced.
I have a mini also and there is a world of difference in the 1.5hp motor.
Bed length; I have never added (or needed) an extension. If folks are turning table legs or bed post it may be necessary.
Reverse; I use every turning for sanding. I can bring my dust collector inches away and it is just more comfortable to me with my hand on top of the turning rather than underneath.
It only takes a minute to change the belt position on the Nova so it is not a big deal to me.
You didn’t mention the swivel head which I use with almost every platter or bowl once i get the to hollowing stage. It is much more comfortable and easier to swing tool handles without hitting the tail stock with it rotated out about 22.5*.
Not sure why you want to throw away the legs. I have never had a problem with mine. Easy enough to add weight to the legs if you wish.

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#3 posted 03-29-2018 05:41 PM

Number one enemy for your decision is the Reeves on the Jet.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#4 posted 03-29-2018 07:16 PM

I don’t trust Asian reeves drive especially as the Dane points out about multiple users. The Nova with a bed extension should hande anything you throw at it. Moving the belts along the pulleys really not that difficult.

If folks want electronic speed control look at the Jet1221 with bed extension for few dollars more.

-- Bill

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