I’ve been turning on an old Shopsmith for the last 3 years, but just sold prior to moving so that I can move on to a dedicated lathe when I set up my next shop. I think I have narrowed the new lathe down to the following:
Delta 46-460 – at the top of my list but have read horror stories about broken part upon arrival and horrible/non-existent customer service.
Nova 46300 Comet II Variable Speed – looks like it does everything I could want but I can’t find out much from anyone who actually owns one.
Jet JWL-1015VS – Haven’t heard anything bad about it, but I would like to have 12” of swing and can’t afford the 12” model
Up to this point I’ve turned mostly pens and bottle stoppers but have had a lot of fun lately turning small bowels and want the ability to develop my skills and move onto bigger projects. I’ve read the reviews on all three but can never tell if the writers know what they are talking about. I was hoping you could share any red flags that you may know about any of these or if any stand out way ahead of the pack. Thank you in advance for any help on this matter.
-- Semper Fi BDA