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Posted on NOVA DVR XP vs Laguna 18-47 Lathes (Which lathe to purchase?)

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 10:21 PM

I don’t have any comparative input for you, but I can tell you that I almost pulled the trigger on a the Nova DVR XP back in November at The Woodworking Show when it was in Denver. Tool King was selling the floor model for about $1700, including the cast iron legs. The machine was assembled new on Friday, then used for demonstration purposes through Sunday. I was very impressed watching it in action. It ran smooth and strong, and never varied by more than 5rpm, even when heavy cuts were being made. It adjusted the torque almost instantaneously to compensate and held it steady.

I’m sure it will go on sale again soon, especially with the introduction of the 2024 being the newest offering from Nova.

I have recently joined our local turning club in hopes of gaining lots of insight into various lathes, as well as speeding up my learning curve when I begin to turn. I’ll be curious to see the responses you get. Thanks for posing the question.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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