|Review by Norm192||posted 12-29-2013 06:03 AM||4457 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
Just bought a nova 1624-44 lathe from woodcraft.$899. My previous, and first and only lathe, was a rikon 70-100. I have enjoyed it for about 3 years now. I have turned several 11-1/2” x 4”+ deep bowls on it. That’s maxed out. Great lathe but time to upgrade.
The nova came well packaged. Assembly was simple and straight forward. Not impossible by yourself but an easy two man job.
Banjo and tail stock lock down rock solid. No graduations on tail stock but operation is smooth. Motor is quiet, belt change is easy. You need to walk behind the lathe to change belts but it’s a short learning curve. Headstock rotates up to 90 degrees. It’s quick, easy and locks in tight.
First project was a 9” diameter by 4” tall persimmon bowl. Cakewalk. No sweat. 1-1/2 hp didn’t know there was a bowl there.
Second project was a 12” diameter by 5” ish tall natural edge dry cherry. No problem here. Didn’t realize turning was so easy.
Current project is 15” diameter by 8” tall maple. This blank was out of balance so I had to drop down to the lowest rpm ( 215 I think ) till it trued up. Now I’m turning at around 600-800 rpm and taking good cuts smoothly.
Have not bogged this unit down yet.
IMHO fit and finish are great. So far power is great. I am going to buy the outrigger for big outboard turning and see what this baby can do!
I am going add a shelf with some weight to mine. The legs are solid and well built but the vibration dampening weight is not there for that initial out of balance turning.
Yes there are some Cadillac lathes out there I would like to own, but for $899 I think think the Nova 1624-44 is the best bang for the buck.