Ok, so I have been wanting to get a lathe for some time now. I got $250 worth of gift cards from woodcraft at christmas and have been saving them for this special occasion. I have looked around and finally decided on a Rikon. Now my biggest problem is whether I should get a variable speed or not. I want to turn all kinds of items. Small bowls, pens, lidded boxes, pepper mills, and many other items. I have talked to a few people who have told me that the variable speed lathes do not have enough torque to turn larger bowls. ( bigger than 6 inches). Is this true? I will be getting the rikon 1216 with a 1/2 hp motor. It comes either with or without variable speed and they are both the same price on sale at woodcraft for $299. I would really appreciate as much feed back as humanly possible as it will seriously help in my decision making. I will be posting this in the forums also. Again, thank you all.
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